I Cannot Get My Monitor Screen To Open To Full Size?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by flowerpot, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. flowerpot

    flowerpot New Member


    This is the first time I have posted here.

    Can anyone help me with my monitor screen, which will not open to full screen size.

    I have had to purchase a new monitor to-day it is a PACKARD BELL VISEO 190W A - 19 inch.

    It will not open fully, I have a huge space at the top and bottom. My desk top icons

    look squashed, everything just looks smaller.

    What can I do to get the screen to open to full size?

    Any help or advice I would be so grateful for, it is driving me mad!

    Thank you
  2. DSTM (Dougie)

    DSTM (Dougie) Retired CHF Staff

    Hello Anne.Welcome to Computer Help Forums.
    What resolution settings are you using?
  3. flowerpot

    flowerpot New Member

  4. flowerpot

    flowerpot New Member


    Thank you for replying so quickly.

    I have 1280 by 720 pixels, is this what you mean by resolution size?

    Thank you Anne.
  5. BeeCeeBee


    It looks like a simple case of getting the resolution right for that monitor. It is easy enough to do. Just a few quick question to make it easier. What operating system are you using and is this a much bigger, smaller , different type of monitor than you had before?
  6. flowerpot

    flowerpot New Member

    Sorry I have posted in the wrong place, hope I have done it right this time?

    In reply to your question

    Both monitor's are PACKARD BELL

    I am using Internet Explorer

    Measurements on my old monitor Depth 11 inch. Corner to corner diagonally 17 inch

    On my monitor now Depth 9 inch. Corner to corner diagonally 18 - 19 inch

    Thank you again for any help.

  7. BeeCeeBee


    OK anne, Try this:
    Go to your desktop and right click on any open area. Someplace where there are no icons.

    A box will come up and from it select "Properties."

    Once that comes up select "settings" from the tabs at the top of the properties window.

    You will see a monitor probably listed as 1. Below that there is a slider that allows you to adjust the resolution. It is very safe to play with this. Try moving the slider to 1024 x 768. Allow it to make the change and see if that is good. If not try other settings until you are satisfied.
  8. flowerpot

    flowerpot New Member


    Sorry that I have took so long to get back and reply. I took a break and had some food, and tried what you suggested. And it WORKED Wow!!! I am so pleased.

    Brilliant forum, you have made my day so much easier. Cannot thank you enough.

    Best regards,
  9. BeeCeeBee


    :):rolleyes::):rolleyes: It is that kind of reply that keeps us going, Anne. Not all our members come only when they have problems there is a lot of information to be found here and topics to get involved with even if you are not having problems. Even if you are just curious about something, feel fee to just ask!

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