How to Read a Laptop Screen in Bright Sunlight

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Laptop screens tend to not work well in bright light and sunny situations. Sometimes the screens are hard to read or they are totally unreadable. This happens when the backlighting in the screen is dimmer than the outside light source. There are a few techniques that you can try to make your laptop screen easier to read in bright situations.

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Things you need

  • Sun shade or sun visor
  • Cardboard box that is bigger than your laptop
  • Umbrella

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  1. 1

    Face your laptop screen away from the sun or other direct light source if possible.

  2. 2

    Attach a sun shade or a sun visor to your laptop screen. Sun shades and sun visors can be purchased at some major computer supply stores and online (See Resources).

  3. 3

    Build a makeshift sun shade out of cardboard. To make a cardboard sun shade, choose a box that is slightly bigger than your laptop computer. Cut out the top and bottom of the box and discard the pieces. You should only have the four sides of the box left now. Place the box on its side and put your laptop inside of it.

  4. 4

    Use an umbrella to block bright light. Move the umbrella around until you get it into the right spot to block the light.

Tips and warnings

  • When you are on the market to purchase a new laptop, look for newer models that have screens designed to work in outdoor settings.

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