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How to calibrate the screen in Windows 11 or 10

It would be nice if every monitor was calibrated in exactly the same way at the factory, but the reality is that even if the default color profile is much better than a few years ago, taking the time to adjust some settings can make your screen a little more “popular”.

Windows 11 and 10 have built-in applications that can help simplify this process. It will not provide the same results as professional calibration tools, but at least it should be an improvement over the default settings. (It’s also much cheaper; professional calibration products can be quite expensive.) Here is how to calibrate the screen in Windows 11 or 10 without breaking the bank. Please note that our screenshots are from Windows 11, but the steps are the same as the previous operating system.

1. Open the “Calibrate Display Color” page in the control panel. The easiest way is to search for “calibration” in the start menu and select “calibrate display color” from the results. Otherwise, you must navigate to “Settings” by going to “System”> “Display”> “Advanced Display” and then click on “Display Adapter Properties” [Your Display]”, and then go to Color Management> Color Management> Advanced before clicking the “Calibrate Display” button. In our experience, searching for the right page is much faster.

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2. Move the window to the appropriate display and click “Next”. This will not be a problem on a single-monitor setup, but if you have multiple monitors, you must first drag the window onto the monitor to be calibrated before you can start the process. Once the window appears on the appropriate monitor, you can click the “Next” button.

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3. Follow the instructions on the screen or click Next. Windows will help explain that you can manage the display settings on most monitors by pressing some sort of menu button. If you cannot modify these settings to your liking, just click the “Next” button.

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4. Follow the instructions on the screen and click Next. The app will first let you adjust the gamma setting of the screen. Three boxes should appear, showing what it would look like if your gamma setting was too low, too high, and just right. Once you understand the instructions, you can safely click the “Next” button.

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5. Adjust your gamma settings. The slider on the left side of the window should allow you to change the gamma setting by dragging up or down. (You can also click the “Reset” button to move it back to the default.) Once your settings look correct, go ahead and click the “Next” button.

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6. Decide whether to adjust brightness and contrast. Windows allows you to adjust the brightness and contrast settings, provided these options are available on your monitor. If not, you can click the “Skip brightness and contrast adjustment” button. Otherwise, click the “Next” button to continue calibration.

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7. Follow the instructions on the screen and click the “Next” button. This time Windows should explain how adjusting the brightness setting works. After reading the instructions, you can click the “Next” button to proceed with the actual adjustments.

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8. Adjust the brightness setting on the monitor. Windows does not provide any screen control for this; you must adjust the settings on the monitor while using the provided image as a reference. Click the “Next” button when finished.

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9. Follow the instructions on the screen and click the “Next” button. You should now see Windows instructions on how to adjust the contrast setting. After reading the instructions, you can click the “Next” button to proceed with the actual adjustments.

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10. Adjust the contrast setting on the monitor. Windows again does not provide any screen control for this; you will directly adjust the settings on the monitor based on the appearance of the reference image. Click the “Next” button when finished.

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11. Follow the instructions on the screen and click the “Next” button. Windows should now explain how the color balance setting works. Read them and click the “Next” button.

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12. Adjust the slider as needed. This time, Windows will provide three sliders that you can drag to adjust the amount of red, green, and blue displayed in the gray bar. Remember that the bar graph should be gray; seeing any hue means that the colors are not properly balanced. Click the “Next” button when finished.

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13. Compare your new setting with the old setting. Display Color Calibration will now provide you with two buttons: “Last Calibration” and “Current Calibration”. You can click any button to make sure you like the changes. Click the “Finish” button to enable the new calibration; click the “Cancel” button to use the old settings.

How to calibrate the screen in Windows 11

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Your screen is now calibrated! Windows 11 can’t handle everything, which is why the brightness and contrast sections are optional, but even adjusting the gamma and color balance settings can make a difference. Now you have a choice: go to ClearType Tuner, which will change the way the text is displayed, or put all these display settings aside, so that you can use the newly calibrated monitor to view things other than display management tools.

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