Front buttons:


From left to right: 

[Input Select]  [Menu/Select]  [Minus]  [Plus]  [Power]  

Note: Normally, you don't have to press the Input Select (far left) button to select between two or more video inputs, such as "Analog"  or "VGA" or "SVGA"  (the old-style video connector cable, which usually has a blue connector on the video cable) and "Digital" or "DVI-D" (Digital Visual Interface, which usually has a white connector on it), and so on. Most newer Dell monitors don't have an Input Select button, because they can automatically detect the input signal from the connector you use on the back of the monitor. If the video card on your computer has both a blue and white connector on it, use a video cable with white connectors on it (i.e., DVI-D connectors), because you will get a sharper picture with this connector.

1) Press the Menu/Select button to bring up the Main Menu.

Note: In subsequent steps, pressing the Menu/Select button is like pressing the Enter key on the keyboard (i.e., it is used to select that item).

2) Press the  [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button (a.k.a., Down or Up button) to move the highlighting to the item you want.

3) Here is a list of Main Menu items:

Exit     (to exit the Main Menu)

Brightness (Brightness and Contrast)

Auto Adjust   (to automatically adjust the sharpness and position of the picture)

Position    (to manually adjust the Horizontal and Vertical Position of the picture) 

Image Settings   Pixel Clock” and “Phase” – these parameters have to do with the sharpness of the text on your screen)           

Color Settings   (to make the picture bluer or redder)

OSD    (to move the position of the On-Screen Display or Main Menu on the screen)

Language    (English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, etc.)

Audio   (to mute your speakers when the monitor goes to sleep)

Factory Reset   (to return all settings to the way the manufacturer set them)

4) To change any item, highlight the item with the [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button, then press the Menu/Select button to open the sub-menu under that Main Menu item.

5) Use the [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button to highlight the sub-menu item--for example, Brightness and Contrast under the Main Menu item (Brightness).

6) Press the Menu/Select button to select that sub-menu item (say, Contrast).

7) Press the [ – ]  and  [ + ]  buttons to adjust the Contrast.

8) Watch the “progress bar” and the value (such as “76”) under the progress bar as you press & hold the [ – ]  and  [ + ]  buttons. Also, watch the surrounding screen area to see how the contrast changes.  

The Progress Bar:   


9) Release the [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button when you like the way the contrast looks.

10) Press the Menu/Select button again to remove the highlighting from the progress bar.

11) Press the [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button to move the highlighting back up to Exit. Then press the Menu/Select button to exit the sub-menu and return to the Main Menu.

12) To remove the Main Menu from the screen, press the [ – ]  or  [ + ]  button until Exit is highlighted, then press the Menu/Select button (or just wait about 20 seconds for the Main Menu to disappear by itself).