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desktop background picture always shows as enlarged

Help! A few weeks ago I noticed on my laptop that the desktop background image was showing as enlarged. I changed it to different images but every time the background would show as one area (the top left) of the image enlarged and I can't figure out why.

I also noticed the position button on the desktop display properties menu is greyed out, it is set as 'centre' and because it is disabled I cannot change this.

If I use one of the default windows xp background options, eg. Tulips, it tiles it on screen (4 to the screen).

I have had no major software or computer changes during the last month when I noticed this problem, I run antivirus and everything seems fine and no virus alerts or incidents.

I tried changing the screen resolution but made no difference, the desktop background still appears enlarged. It makes no difference whether I select images from the display properties & browse or from right click & set as desktop background from an image directly. I can't figure this out!

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desktop background picture always shows as enlarged

In reply to: desktop background picture always shows as enlarged

Check the application your pictures are in. You might have accessibiligy options changed there.

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I'm intrigued.

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Can you supply a screen print of your Desktop which shows the whole desktop image, including this 'top-left' area?

Also, include in that screen print your Display Properties window with the tab open which allows you to change the wallpaper.

We usually upload such images to an image hosting site like ImageShack, Photobucket, or Flickr, or whichever is your favorite, then post the link to that 'full sized' image here.


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desktop screenshot

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Thanks for offering to look at this, I'm really puzzled. here is the link to the screenshot of my desktop including the display properties:

Regardless if I use 'browse' to find the image or right click on an image from MS explorer and 'set as desktop' then it still shows as magnified. This is for all images, even those which were displaying fine just a few weeks ago.


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I see what you mean.

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A very nice image of the baby's head, but not quite what you want I imagine, Happy

Have a look at the solution offered in this discussion;

It involves amending the registry but I have to post a warning that making changes to the registry can be dangerous to the Operating System, so please make sure you know how to recover from any damage should it occur. The Microsoft Guided Help article below shows how to backup and restore the registry;;en-us;322756

Before you consider all this, have you tried a simple "System Restore", to a date before this change happened? System Restore is available in Start > All programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

I hope that helps.


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