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Laptop screens, and sun. [Sep. 28th, 2006|01:15 pm]
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Has anyone got any idea how I can make my laptop screen more readable when I'm sitting in the sun? I've got the brightness turned up to maximum, but it's still a bit of a strain; I can just about cope with Word (dark text on light background), but IRC and mail are pretty much impossible (light on dark). It's an iBook G4 running OS X 10.4.4.

Edited to add: I don't want to switch the colours of IRC and mail (although mr_tom's insta-goth key will do the trick nicely). They're not as important as Word, since I can just pop inside if I need to look at them. Word is the important thing, since I'd like to be able to work on the balcony without straining my eyes. I only mentioned colours in case it helped define the problem a bit better.

Edited again to add: I seem to be making a complete mess of explaining what I want to do. I can work in Word for a bit, but it hurts my eyes because the white bits of the screen look so dark. I've just found the contrast slider, so will try that next time we get some sun.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-09-28 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion; I've edited the post to explain why that doesn't solve the problem. No trees on my balcony (yet).
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[User Picture]From: mstevens
2006-09-28 12:43 pm (UTC)
Aah, thought you meant word was ok and everything else was the problem.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-09-28 12:50 pm (UTC)
Word's manageable for a bit, but then it hurts my eyes. I'll edit the post again to try and be a bit more clear.
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[User Picture]From: reddragdiva
2006-10-02 09:24 pm (UTC)
Does Word for Mac do the blue screen-white text thing?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-10-02 10:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know! What is it? :)
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[User Picture]From: reddragdiva
2006-10-03 12:05 am (UTC)
Um. It's a feature where Word displays white text on blue instead of black text on white. I assume it's still in current versions and still in the Mac version. Go looking ;-p
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-10-03 12:54 pm (UTC)
Found it! Six million web pages telling me how great it is, and none telling me how to find it. Word Help was no help either, unsurprisingly. But I found it. (It's in the Preferences. I keep forgetting they exist.)

Unfortunately, testing shows that this option seems to make it less readable in sunlight. But thank you for the idea. If I ever find out where my sunglasses got tidied away to, I'll try it out with them on, as per bazzalisk's suggestion below.
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[User Picture]From: reddragdiva
2006-10-03 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yuh. The other option for sunlight is to turn the brightness as low as possible and try to use reflection instead.
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