I want a green monochrome display!

January 28, 2010 at 07:26:12
Specs: Windows XP
Ok i work on the computer 9 hours a day and its been fine for years but ive changed offices and my office is very bright, there is nothing i can do to change the room brightness and the increased eyestrain is getting unbearable so ive been looking for a way to make things eaiser on my eyes with the computer itself. I found a text editor called dark room which is awesome retro black and green, its full screen and its very easy on the eyes so i was thinking is there any program or driver i could use to make windows black and green only? I looked for themes and the closest i could get to what i want is an apple IIe theme, but parts of windows still show up white and icons and etc. Very ugly depending on what your running (office, quickbooks, firefox) so thats pretty much unusable. I have searched on the internet for monochrome display drivers and graphical tweak programs and the results are very underwhelming, so i decided to post on here. Is there any way i can do this short of buying an old apple crt? if that would even connect? lol! THANKS!

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January 28, 2010 at 07:34:59
You can customise pretty much everything. Go into Control panel > display > appearance.

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January 28, 2010 at 16:17:48
Why not just get a anti-glare/privacy screen?


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January 28, 2010 at 22:41:29
To prevent eyestrain:-

Change the refresh rate to the highest supported by your monitor (Display Properties - Settings tab - Advanced button - Monitor tab).

You can also use the monitors brightness/contrast controls to tone things down a little.

As suggested above by Jennifer, an anti-glare screen would work wonders for you.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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January 29, 2010 at 01:14:24
I've been doing this for years (well, white text on a black background), and a pure black background does not work very well.

A lot of programs will force a white background, but then adhere to your system font color (white)...so it's invisible.

Or...a default black background with forced black text...invisible again....

I've seen this issue in major programs from Microsoft & other big names - it's a really annoying usability issue, and I complain about it every chance I get, hehe.

What I do, is set a dark-ish grey background...something where both white text and black text will be visible, but it doesn't burn my eyes out staring at the screen.

Really annoying, but honestly, trying to do this on linux is 10 times worse, and Mac OS/X won't even let you specify a different background/foreground color...so even tho it sucks sometimes, Windows still supports this best.

Unless of course, you want to go shell-only and forget the GUI...real men live on the command line anyway, hehehe.

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January 29, 2010 at 10:29:45
If your work place allows it, put on a GOOD pair of sunglasses.

I say good, because you don't want cheap sunglasses adding to the problem.


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April 3, 2010 at 08:01:27

I have one right now as I am typing this.

Go into System Preferences->Universal Access.

Set the color to white on black, and enable "Use Greyscale".

This will give you a grey monochrome, but if you are like me
it's not enough. Now go download "DarkAdapted". It's a free
app which will let you change the tint of your screen.
Choose "Full Green" and there you go, green on black.

It looks great! I have started using it at work and my eyes
feel soooo much better at the end of the day!


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April 3, 2010 at 09:11:55
AWESOME!!!! That pic is EXACTLY how i want my screen to look like! How do i make it greyscale in windows though? I noticed that pic is from a mac. I downloaded dark adapted for windows and that seems like a good program but im not quite to the right look yet. Thanks!

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