How to Calibrate a Monitor: A Step-by-Step Guide

Calibrating your monitor is important for getting the most accurate colors and image display possible. The following steps will guide you through the process of calibrating your monitor using the Windows 10 operating system and the built-in Display Color Calibration tool.

1. Open the Display Color Calibration tool

To open the Display Color Calibration tool, go to Start > Settings > System > Display. Under the “Advanced display settings” section, click on the “Calibrate display color” link.

Windows 10 Display Color Calibration tool

2. Calibrate your display

The Display Color Calibration tool will take you through a series of six screens, each with a different task for calibrating your display. For each screen, follow the on-screen instructions and make sure to click the “Next” button when you’re done.

  • Set your display gamma – On this screen, you’ll need to adjust the gamma slider until the image on the screen appears normal. Gamma is a measure of the brightness of your display, and getting it set correctly is important for getting accurate colors on your screen.
  • Adjust your display brightness and contrast – On this screen, you’ll need to adjust the brightness and contrast sliders until the image on the screen looks good to you. You may need to experiment with different settings to find the ones that work best for your display.
  • Adjust your display color balance – On this screen, you’ll need to adjust the red, green, and blue color balance sliders until the colors on the screen look correct. This is a matter of personal preference, so adjust the colors until they look the way you want them to.
  • Choose your display resolution – On this screen, you’ll need to choose the resolution that you want your display to use. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image on your screen will be. However, if your resolution is too high, your image may appear fuzzy. Experiment with different resolutions to find the one that looks best to you.
  • Choose your display refresh rate – On this screen, you’ll need to choose the refresh rate that you want your display to use. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the image on your screen will be. However, if your refresh rate is too high, your image may appear to flicker. Experiment with different refresh rates to find the one that looks best to you.
  • Calibrate your display for night viewing – On this screen, you’ll need to adjust the backlight brightness, color temperature, and blue light filter settings until the image on the screen looks good to you. These settings are all a matter of personal preference, so experiment with different settings to find the ones that work best for you.

3. Save your display calibration settings

Once you’ve gone through all of the screens in the Display Color Calibration tool, you’ll be given the option to save your settings. We recommend that you do this so that you can restore your calibration settings if they get lost or corrupted. To save your settings, click on the “Save” button and choose a location to save your file.

Windows 10 Display Color Calibration tool - Save Settings

4. Restore your display calibration settings

If you ever need to restore your display calibration settings, you can do so by going to Start > Settings > System > Display. Under the “Advanced display settings” section, click on the “Calibrate display color” link. On the “Welcome to Display Color Calibration” screen, click on the “Load” button and choose the file that you saved in Step 3.

Windows 10 Display Color Calibration tool - Load Settings

5. Additional resources

If you’re having trouble calibrating your display, or if you want more information on the topic, we recommend checking out the following resources:

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