Everything on my computer display is HUGE! Help!!!

Sep 22, 2011 9:42AM PDT

After restarting my computer after updates, everything is huge. The desktop icons are larger than normal and internet pages do not fit the screen. I have checked the zoom level (which I have to keep on 80% now to see the page I'm on), I have checked the resolution which is 800 x 600 and I have checked the dpi which is 96. I have a dell computer with Windows XP service pack 3. Also the taskbar at the bottom of my desktop looks wider than normal and the icons on there are big. Help!!

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This sounds like you accepted a driver from Windows Update.
Sep 22, 2011 10:04AM PDT

System Restore to before this.

And, don't accept drivers from Microsoft.

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Everything on my computer display is HUGE! Help!!!
Sep 22, 2011 12:45PM PDT

Thanks for replying to my question. I have had this problem since the 25th of August. I went to the system restore and tried several different dates and it doesn't work. I tried the day before the 25th and even a couple of dates earlier in the month and after the computer shuts down and powers back up, it says that no changes were made. Am I doing something wrong?

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Very strange.
Sep 22, 2011 1:28PM PDT

At this point we have to take the approach as if it's a new install of XP and install the stock video drivers and hope that cures it.

I am not duplicating or writing about how to change screen resolution since that would be Windows 101. XP users are well past that stage.

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Just answer the question
Sep 9, 2016 3:30AM PDT

All people come to sites like this for answers, not just IT pros You are basically saying you are better than everyone else because of the information you have garnered in your life. And that giving up even that basic help is beneath you and everyone who is not on the same page as you, deserve to be treated like idiots. This doesnt require anything complex as drivers etc.

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If I duplicated the web
Sep 9, 2016 8:50AM PDT

I would be doing that rather than tackling the harder questions. If you need basic help, post that in the Computer Newbies and ask for it. Write that you will not google it or do any work on your own.

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Dec 16, 2017 12:16PM PST

You r an ***

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Member for 11 years?
Dec 16, 2017 12:31PM PST

Post was last edited on December 16, 2017 12:32 PM PST

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No problem.
Jan 8, 2018 8:39PM PST

There are folk that throw spears. Others help. Try to help the others. Windows basics are on the web. Help people be more self sufficient. Don't coddle.

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Insecurity is us???
Dec 16, 2017 12:42PM PST

Bob is trying to get you to reinstall the manufacturer supplied drivers for your motherboard that work under XP, especially if you have acceped "driver updates" from Microsoft. When that happens, it often replaces the drivers you had already and this results. The reason the recovery doesn't work is because the new driver files from Microsoft use the same names as the original you were using. The ONLY cure is to reinstall the proper driver files from your manufacturer, or the ones for the graphics chip used on your motherboard.

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As Bob says...
Sep 30, 2011 8:49PM PDT this point, the safest thing is probably to download a current driver from the video card/screen manufacturer and install that - should fix the problem.

You might want to try going into Device Manger properties for the graphics card and trying the rollback to previous drivers option.

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use mouse
Oct 1, 2011 12:25AM PDT

Put your Mouse on the Screen then use the Mouse Roller to adjust the size. Alternative hold the Mouse Pointer over the Screen and use your Plus or Minus key.
The Desktop can be altered by using the usual method in Windows. The above applies to ANY Browser.

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I think it's the resolution
Oct 3, 2011 3:34PM PDT

800x600 makes things bigger. Try changing the resolution to something higher. The higher the resolution the smaller the items. Like mine is set at 1024x768.

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No, not for me.
Nov 24, 2017 10:21AM PST

I'm having the same problem and I keep on making the resolution up and it's still the same for me, so it's not the resolution.

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Easy 3 steps No need for drivers etc.
Sep 9, 2016 3:21AM PDT

Right click on your desktop
Pick View
Pick the size you desire

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I had to reply.
Apr 16, 2018 4:27PM PDT

I don't like to sign typo for anything, but I had to create an account just to reply to you. Best solution ever. Ppl please save u a headache and try this first. It worked like a charm. Thank you, thank you thank you. Happy dance!

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check your accessibility settings
Sep 9, 2016 4:35AM PDT

Those are the ones with magnification, high contrast, etc, and one I think is to make things bigger for people with vision problems.

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Try This.
Sep 22, 2016 8:21AM PDT

This just happened to me. Here's how I fixed it.

Go to Control Panel
Click "Apperance and Personalization"
Click "Adjust Screen Resolustion"
Adjust the resolustion until the screen looks like you want it to. Mine was at 800x600 and everyting was HUGE. I changed it to 1152x864 and everything looks normal.
Good luck!!!

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Scren Resolution
Aug 16, 2017 3:14AM PDT

I had the same problem, and what I did was right click anywhere on the screen, then click on "Screen Resolution", then click on "Make the text and other items larger or smaller" and then click on "Smaller" which is the default option. This should solve the problem...

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Well if you update your windows sometimes goes like that
Dec 9, 2017 12:49AM PST

To fix it try press space bar and shift

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smaller numbers are bigger
Jan 8, 2018 3:50AM PST

turn your 800 x 600 res. to 1366 x 768 or the highest it
you can put it

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May 8, 2018 11:37PM PDT

the higher the resolution numbers, the smaller the desktop icons become.
set it to the highest numbers and your problem will be solved. eg. 1024*768 for windows 7 home premium.
simply click start> control> display>resolution

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