Reduce your colors and speed-up your system!
This question was answered on December 29, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Most Windows based systems have several color depth settings available and most users think that the highest setting is always the best setting In most cases, it will only serve to slow your system down or cause strange video anomalies.
The display settings can be accessed by right-clicking on a blank part of your desktop then clicking on Properties from the dialog box (or you can click on Start/Settings/Control Panel/Display) This will open a display properties Window with tabs across the top Click on the Settings tab to expose the Color and Screen Area settings If the Color depth is set to "True Color" (24 or 32-bit), you may be able to reduce "screen painting" by lowering it to "High Color (16-bit)"
Unless you are using a 20" monitor or larger or are doing very high resolution image manipulation, you will probably notice no difference in image quality but a big difference in screen speed!
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on December 29, 2000