(cross-post added to Vista General)
"User66" <user66@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have been using Laptop for travel and Desktop for home use. Although I am quite used to of the screen glares and character size
> setups on the older OP systems, but still cannot set the Laptop screen characters, so that the screen visibility increases to the
> point, that I can separate the 'selected' and remaining lines of the e-mail. I am lucky enough to be able to set the new Windows
> Live Mail and transfer my Hotmail, IMAP and POP3 accounts, and it is running OK, but I am still trying to set the screen, so that
> the selection process becomes more visible. For instance, while I am typing this newsletter, I can easily recognize the screen
> content of the letter, but the remaining part
> of the screen, that is, the News server name (msnews.microsoft.com) and individual selected Newsgroup name
> (microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop) are so lightly visible that I can barely see which newsgroup I have selected.
Does showing them in reverse video help?
Those elements can easily be selected if necessary.
Usually though I can remember which newsgroup
I'm going to be posting in. <eg>
Besides the reverse video trick with selectable text
another thing that I have had to do occasionally
is temporarily switch to a customized High Contrast mode.
E.g. use the default keystroke sequence for that:
LeftShift+LeftAlt+PrintScrn You can use the same keystroke
sequence to toggle out of it. The only unfortunate consequence
of using it is that it sometimes messes up my Taskbar size.
> I wonder, am I the only user having this visibility problem, or this is a common Windows Live Mail problem. In Outlook Express of
> Windows XP or in Windows 98, the selected header line were light blue enough and the displaying characters were deep black, and I
> had no visibility problem, but that is not so in either my Laptop or the Desktop PCs under Windows Live Mail. (In Microsoft Word,
> I can easily visualize the selected header line and contents).
> Any comments, how to fix it in Vista? Thanks in advance.
One factor may be your video card and drivers.
And whether you use the app in maximized windows.
FWIW that happens to me on XP with my ATI Radeon
and drivers. In order to get the necessary contrast and
brightness I have to leave my windows in normal mode
and first switch back from a Command Prompt window
where for some reason contrast and brightness are
maximized. If I switch from another maximized app window
or maximize the window I am on, the contrast and brightness
decreases so much that some parts of it are unreadable.
That is particularly true with web pages which have been
designed in the Vista style, i.e., strong variations in contrast
and brightness within a page itself. However, in the case
of web pages we also have the option of using the Internet
Options, Accessibility settings to ignore such effects.