How to Use Laptops Outside Without Glare

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How to Use Laptops Outside Without Glare
Bright outdoor lighting can make it difficult to see your display. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

On a sunny day, it might seem like a great idea to take your laptop with you outdoors. But you're likely to encounter a harsh glare as a result of the sunlight reflecting off the laptop screen. This makes your screen difficult or impossible to see. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the glare while you're outside.

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Things you need

  • Sunglasses
  • Anti-glare screen protector
  • Hooded laptop shade

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    Quick Fixes

  1. 1

    Adjust the display so that it is vertical or pointing straight up toward the sky. It might not be the best angle for viewing, but the angle can help reduce the glare temporarily.

  2. 2

    Put on a pair of sunglasses while using your laptop outdoors. In some situations, the display will seem completely washed out or too dark to view because of the glare. Sunglasses act as a barrier between your eyes and the bright light from the glare, which can diminish the washed out effect and make it easier to see.

  3. 3

    Sit with your back to the sun. By doing so, your body can shield the laptop display from the sunlight and reduce the chances of a harsh glare.

    Anti-glare Accessories

  1. 1

    Write down the model and make of your laptop before you go to an electronics store. You want to make sure that any accessories you purchase will be compatible.

  2. 2

    Look for antiglare screen protectors at the electronics store. For your purposes, these work to stop the glare that you experience when using your laptop outside. Some of them are also privacy screens, which means that when viewing your laptop from a distance, the display appears blacked out. You can choose from the adhesive variety or others that clip on and off easily.

  3. 3

    Check out hooded antiglare laptop shades. Like a visor or hat brim shields your eyes from the sun, the laptop shade will keep sunlight away from the display. When sitting close, you'll have an unobstructed view of the screen.

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