How can I fix my Windows screen, it's upside down!

Silly cat...

Episode 1712

Diane from Roseburg, Oregon

Diane's cat jumped on her keyboard and now her Windows screen is upside down! Leo says that's just plain bad luck that the cat hit the right key combination that can cause that. It's actually a feature in Windows. Hit CTRL + ALT + Up Arrow and your Windows desktop should return to landscape mode. You can rotate the screen to portrait or upside-down landscape, by hitting CTRL + ALT + Left Arrow, Right Arrow or Down arrow.

How can I make websites easier to see?

Magnify text

Episode 1379

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that most browsers can enlarge the screen text to make it easier to read. In most browsers, pressing "Ctrl" and "+" will make the text bigger, while pressing "Ctrl" and "-" will make the text smaller.

As we get bigger screens, text seems to get smaller because a higher resolution means smaller dots. Richard can go into the Windows' Control Panel and change the resolution settings to make his display show everything larger. Windows 10 also has a slider that will make the fonts larger.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1328

This week's topic is about how accurate the image you see on your computer screen is and how you can make it better. Chris says that that the calibration process set at the factory tends to be all things for all people, in the middle ground. So a picture may not look the way you remember it. And when you adjust it, you may end up putting up too much red or green into it and change how it looks when you print it. So you need to calibrate your monitor properly to account for all those factors.

How can I solve the scaling issue on my laptop?

Lenovo Carbon X1

Episode 1105

Mackenzie from Grand Rapids, MI

Mackenzie took Leo's advice and got a Lenovo Carbon X1. But the native resolution on a hi-def display doesn't scale properly and text is extremely small. Leo says that Apple's retina display has solved it by using half resolution that will double when doing photo and video. But since Mackenzie is using a Windows laptop, he'll have to deal with the lower 1080p resolution.

Why are the DVD player controls on my Macbook off the screen?

Episode 895

Marsha from California

Marsha has a MacBook Pro, but when she uses the DVD player, the control panel disappears when she goes full screen. Leo says it disappears by design. It should reappear when she hovers the cursor over it. If she can't get it back, she can try restarting the computer and starting over. She should also check System Preferences>>Displays and make sure it's set to the maximum display resolution.