How to Cut Screen Glare on a Laptop

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How to Cut Screen Glare on a Laptop
Laptops succumb to horrible glare when used in bright light. (laptop 3 image by patrimonio designs from

Laptops are known for being small, compact, and able to go where the typical desktop computer cannot. However, laptops do have a few drawbacks, such as screen glare when used indoors or outdoors. Not only can glare cause excessive eye strain, in many cases, the glare on LCD screens can render the laptop useless. However, there are a few ways to reduce, or completely remove screen glare, making your laptop experience more enjoyable, and less frustrating.

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Things you need

  • Protective film
  • Laptop hood

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    Increase the brightness of your monitor when using your laptop outdoors. According to Mark Williams, IT professional, a higher brightness setting will cut down on the glare by compensating for the darkness caused by the glare. Check your manual to find the brightness setting. It varies depending on brand.

  2. 2

    Purchase protective film for your screen size. These films attach directly to your screen, and will cut down on glare. Many also enable others to see what is on the screen from a side view. These covers are removable.

  3. 3

    Adjust the angle of your screen. A vertical, straight screen is easier to read. It will reflect less light than a screen that is tilted.

  4. 4

    Attach a laptop hood. Laptop hoods are available in a variety of sizes, and are made solely for the purpose of allowing laptop use outdoors. The hoods can be found at most computer stores.

  5. 5

    Cover your windows. In his article, "Computer Eye Strain:10 Steps for Relief," Larry K. Wan, O.D., recommends covering outdoor light sources to reduce glare.

Tips and warnings

  • A few brands now carry laptops and notebooks with antiglare screens.
  • Many laptop hoods are attached with Velcro, and are unsightly. The Velcro pieces will also be stuck on your laptop when the hood is unattached.

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