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My computer screen is too big for the moniter,

by hbgowest / August 13, 2009 1:08 AM PDT

I am currently using a Mac OS X 10.5.7 at my job. For some odd reason the entire screen resolution has increased and is now too big for the actual moniter. So now every time I move my mouse the ENTIRE screen inside my moniter moves around with it. Picture a 21" screen inside a 17" moniter, so everytime you move your mouse the entire screen inside the moniter moves around with it. I have tried adjusting the display size thinking that may have been the problem, but it is at 1680 x 1050 which is the largest it can get on this computer.

Is anyone able to tell me what the heck is going on and how I get it back to normal? I must have accidentally hit some sort of shortcut but I have never done this before and have no idea how to fix it.

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by hbgowest / August 13, 2009 1:32 AM PDT

yikes monitor. sorry bout the typo, im sure you get the point though...

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Screen Too Big
by Ira L / August 13, 2009 2:16 AM PDT

Inadvertently the "Zoom" feature in the System Preference "Universal Access" may be turned on. Check it and turn it off if that is the case.

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Thank you
by 1stgrdtchr / April 25, 2012 7:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Screen Too Big

I am so grateful someone knew the answer to this question. My 1st graders mess with the computer settings and I couldn't figure it out. Thanks again!!!

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by lynneajean / September 21, 2009 4:08 AM PDT


Did you ever figure this problem out? I am having the same one Sad

Thank you for your time.

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Did the answer given in the post above yours,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / September 21, 2009 9:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Hello

work for you?


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It worked! I turned zoom off.
by argorosewood / February 25, 2010 6:05 AM PST

Thank you! I was getting very dizzy from the screen constantly moving. I went to Apple; System Preferences; Universal Access; Turned "Zoom" off. Thanks Again!

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