How to make your screen look larger and still keep the same resolution?


We have purchased an application from a vendor; but the vendor has a limitation on the required screen-resolution.  The minimum screen resolution that is required for the application to be viewed correctly is 1024 x 768.  A lot of our users are used to working in 800 x 600 and those employee wear glasses and bifocals and say that changing the resolution to a higher number like 1024 x 768 gives them migraine headaches.

if we keep the resolution at 800 x 600 for those users then they will not be able to see the entire application screen of this new application.  Meaning the 'Save' or 'OK' button may be in the lower right hand corner and down below the screen not viewable.  What can we do to keep the resolution; but, make the appearance of the programs be larger?

I think there is nothing that we can do.  Even if we get a larger screen/monitor the resolution will still force the screen to be viewed in a smaller scale.  Any suggestions/thoughts?

The majority of these devices are Windows Embedded WYSE thin clients; but the employees then remote desktop on to a Terminal Server with the same screen resolution.

What is even worse is the same vendor just told us that if we update to a newer version of the same program, then the program will only work in 1280 x 800?  That will provide a more small resolution than 1024 x 768 .  Any ideas on what can we do?

Should the employees get a different eye prescription?
PkafkasNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
I don't think you can tell the employees to get a new prescription.

I normally need glasses for my work computer which is a 20" monitor.

At home I have a 40"  Westinghouse TV that I use for a monitor and running in 1920x1080 I don't need my glasses.

Am I suggesting a 40" TV for your users?  Maybe not that big, but a 32" TV/monitor might be an idea.  I have one of those too and don't need glasses for that ether and it runs at 720p.

And a 32" TV would probably be less expensive than your clients buying their own glasses.

Try getting a 32" TV on Craig's List and see how it goes or borrow one from home if you have one.

Just some ideas.

I just checked on Craig's List and saw several flat panel TVs for around $150.

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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Using a different DPI setting increses the font size. Depending on the OS used, and the Temrinal Server features, the result is more or less satisfying.
You can try to increase the screen size in proportion to the resolution. From 800x600 to 1024x768 this is roughly 5/4 (or 125%) in height and width (and diagonally). So instead of e.g. a 12" you need 14". But with flat screens you should stay with the native resolution, which most probably increase with the size, too.

The best I can recommend is to get a high-res monitor (much above the resolution your app needs), and then scale up. The better the resolution, the better the result.
Bill WoodCommented:
Some programs allow zooming by using ctrl-mouse wheel. This keeps the resolution but gives larger fonts on the portion of the page you are looking at. Another option might be a magnifier tool available with Windows, or as downloaded apps.
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PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Currently the users have a 24 inch screen (measured diagonally).  These monitors are average 12" Top-Bottom and 20.5" Left-Right.

I think I should purchase a much larger monitor with high resolution and see how this other monitor will work.  We do have some space limitations with shelving and so forth that I must consider.  So I guess I will have to try some out and see how they look.  

Any recommendations for sizes for a new monitor?
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Using a TV is indeed not that bad of an idea. They are big, but do not have an according high resolution. Computer monitors are more difficult to find for that.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
You are going to spend way more on a monitor than you would a TV.

Try Westinghouse 32" TV.  You won't be disappointed.
PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
True - Dat, Your recomendation = $159.00

An Asus 27" monitor = $330.00

But I wonder if this will fit in out office setup?  Maybe not.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I cannot add more from a technical perspective, but I can tell you that I am long past pension age and wear progressive "bifocal" glasses for reading. I use a 1366x768 12-inch Lenovo X230 and I soon will have a 1920x1080 12-inch X250. I do not get headaches from using such a screen all day.

I think if you talk to the right experts (not likely here) they will tell you that proper reading glasses do not give headaches. One or two users may have an issue but a lot of users?  Seem strange to me.

I am just offering an alternate point of view.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Buy one and see.  If you can't make it work, return it.  For a  50% savings and 5" more, I'd say it's worth trying.

You can always use the savings to rent a SawsZall to make the "necessary changes".  :-)
PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I did try the 27" and I think it is good enough.  I know that the 27" does fit in our office workspace.

Nothing to loose if we can try one out.
PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
My manager has decided that the employees will have to get used to the new required resolution.  The above debate is very good and I appreciate everone's comments.
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