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Set the screen correctly: Here’s how!

by Josephine Andrews
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Is your screen set correctly ? This is not the case, especially in the home office, but often also at work. This is noticeable when we sit at the PC for many hours a day, for example with headaches and tension. Adjusting the screen correctly often helps. Read here what you should pay attention to.

Anyone who has a desk job often sits almost motionless at the computer for many hours. No wonder that the body rebels at some point and reacts with symptoms such as tired eyes, headaches or tension. However, these can often be alleviated by adjusting the screen correctly. You should pay attention to this:

Set the screen correctly: the position of the monitor

Whether in the home office or in the office: the position of the screen is decisive for whether we sit ergonomically or not.

A head tilted back due to a setting that is too high triggers pain in the long run, as does a setting that is too low, where we crouch in front of the screen. A screen that is too close in front of us strains the eyes, as does one that is too far away.

Therefore, you should pay attention to the following things in terms of monitor position if you want to set your screen correctly:

1. If you have a screen that can be rotated and tilted , you should set it up in such a way that the top line of the text to be seen on it is not above eye level. Because if you keep your head straight, you protect your neck and back.

If it doesn’t move, try to reach the right height with a book or other solid, flat object.

You are particularly susceptible to a huddled posture when you are working on a laptop or notebook, as is often the case in your home office. A height- adjustable holder or an additional free-standing monitor can help here.

2. A screen angle of up to 20 degrees backwards is recommended for a relaxed sitting and head position. You should also adjust the screen so that you are looking at it at an angle of about 35 degrees from the center.

3. Ideally, place the screen at a 90-degree angle to a (hopefully) existing window front. So you don’t have to look into the backlight when working and the sun doesn’t fall on the screen from behind either.

This reduces large light-dark differences, your eyes are not dazzled and there are no reflections on the monitor caused by daylight. All this is easy on your eyes and makes you tire more slowly.

If such positioning is not possible, dim the window light with blinds , curtains or the like.

4. The screen must not protrude beyond the back edge of the table and you should set it up non-slip. Because at the latest when it falls down, you are almost certainly no longer relaxed, no matter how you sit.

5. The distance between you and the screen depends on the monitor size. With a 20-inch screen, it should be around 60 centimeters, with larger monitors correspondingly more.

It is important that you can comfortably take in the entire screen at a glance, since a rotated head or body position also leads to problems in the long run. Test for yourself which is your individually optimal screen distance.

7. Leave enough space between the keyboard and the edge of the table to comfortably rest your wrists.

Setting the screen correctly: This is important for the display

Even the most careful screen positioning is useless if you can’t see what’s happening on the display or if the icons and fonts appear too large.

Because then you will either bend over and “crawl” into the monitor to get a better view, or lean back. Neither is very ergonomic.

The font and icons on the screen are set correctly when you can read the characters on the monitor easily and clearly. Character sharpness should match that of printed characters.

Depending on the system, there are various ways of setting the font size to suit your needs. One is to hold down the CTRL key and roll the mouse wheel up to zoom in, down to zoom out.

Alternatively, the font size can also be selected via the respective browser menu, for example under “View” and there under “Font size”.

The contrast between the characters should be at least 3:1 (example: no orange writing on a yellow background). White writing on a colored background is also difficult to read). When working with texts, you should therefore choose dark, monochromatic fonts on a light background (positive display).

Make sure that there is no lamp or light source hanging directly over the screen, which reflects and makes it difficult to see what the display is showing.

And: Even uncorrected ametropia sometimes leads to complaints that are wrongly pushed onto the screen. Then it doesn’t help to just adjust the screen correctly.

Anyone who works a lot on the PC should therefore have their eyesight checked regularly in occupational medical check-ups.

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