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How do I decrease the size of my computer screen?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) February 24th, 2011

For the last few days, my computer has been in the shop for a tuneup. It runs super fast now. The technician eliminated a lot of unnecessary extras in my computer. I only have one problem. My computer screen is now over-sized and I have to use the slide bar, in order to read the whole screen. I know there is a way to correct this, so how do I do it?

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DeanV's avatar

Change the resolution of the screen, found in control panel/displays. It’s somewhere in there.

Depending on the size of the screen you’ll need a different resolution, like a 13” screen will have a naitive resolution of 1280X800. Just keep playing with it until you find one that’s sharp and clear. It can’t hurt.

WasCy's avatar

Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose Graphics Properties to get started.

john65pennington's avatar

Both you guys are genuises. Hats off to you for solving my problem. both worked. thanks, john

VS's avatar

The easiest way to decrease it is to simply hold the Ctrl key down and press the minus key. You can do this as many times as it takes to get the right size. It also works in reverse – to make it larger, hold the Ctrl key and press the plus key.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@VS I hate to use this word…but Awesome! My personal geek never showed me that one.

WasCy's avatar

Just to clarify what @VS said: that works to increase or decrease text and graphical element sizes in a browser, but it won’t actually address the screen resolution itself, which was how the advice that @dverhey and I was geared.

Yeah, Ctrl-“plus” and Ctrl-“minus” (or holding Ctrl while scrolling a mouse scroll button upwards or downwards) changes the browser display, and probably other Windows-based software, too, I think.

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