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Images and Text Are Too Big or Too Small (Windows 7 and Vista)

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This document applies to HP desktop computers with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
There are several things that can cause the items on the screen to display in the wrong size, including incorrect display settings and using the Zoom feature in the Internet browser.
Find your problem below and follow the steps to fix the problem.

Icons on the Windows desktop are the wrong size

If the Windows desktop is the correct size but the icons on the desktop are too large or too small, use the following steps to resize the icons.
  1. Minimize any open windows.
  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  3. Use the mouse wheel to scroll up or down to decrease or increase the size of the icons on the desktop.
  4. When the icons are the correct size, release both the mouse wheel and the Ctrl key on the keyboard.

Text in Internet Explorer is the wrong size

Follow these steps to change the size of the text in Internet Explorer.
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Page menu.
    Figure 1: Opening the Page menu in Internet Explorer
    Opening the Page menu in Internet Explorer
  3. Point to Text Size and select from Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller, or Smallest text sizes.
    Figure 2: Text Size menu
    Text Size menu

Everything in Internet Explorer is too large or too small

Everything, both text and graphics, is too large or too small in Internet Explorer.
Zoom set too small in Internet ExplorerZoom set too small in Internet Explorer
Zoom set too large in Internet ExplorerZoom set too large in Internet Explorer
Zoom set correctlyZoom set correctly in Internet Explorer
Use one of the following methods to zoom in or out in Internet Explorer.
  1. Select the arrow next to the Magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner of the Internet Explorer window.
    Figure 3: Opening the Zoom menu
    Opening the Zoom menu
  2. Click a magnification level. The page gets larger or smaller.
    Figure 4: Select a magnification level
    Select a magnification level
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until the page is the correct size.
  1. Press Ctrl + PLUS SIGN(+) on the keyboard to zoom out (increase the size of the web page).
  2. Press Ctrl + Hyphen(-) on the keyboard to zoom in (decrease the size of the web page).
  3. When the icons are the correct size, release both the mouse wheel and the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  1. Press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  2. Use the mouse wheel to scroll up or down to decrease or increase the size of the icons on the desktop.
  3. When the icons are the correct size, release both the mouse wheel and the Ctrl key on the keyboard.

Everything is too large or too small

If the output from all programs is too large or too small, try the following steps.
  1. Change the display resolution using the following steps:
    1. If you are using a CRT monitor, skip this step.
      If you are using a flat panel display, find the native (maximum) resolution for the monitor. You can find the native resolution in the following places:
      • In the specifications on the box.
      • In the printed material that came with the monitor.
      • In the product specifications on the HP Web site.
    2. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
    3. Find the Appearance and Personalization area, and click Adjust Screen Resolution.
    4. In the Resolution menu, change the resolution to match the native resolution if you are using a flat panel monitor.
      If you are using a CRT monitor, change the resolution to 1024x768.
    5. Click OK, and then close Control Panel.
  2. Reset the DPI to the default setting if everything on the screen is too big.
      1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
      2. Click Appearance and Personalization.
      3. Click Display.
      4. Click Smaller - 100% default. Then click Apply. The change takes effect the next time you log in to Windows.
        Figure 5: Setting the default DPI
        Setting the default DPI
      1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
      2. Click Appearance and Personalization.
      3. Click Personalization.
      4. In the Tasks pane on the left side, click Adjust font size (DPI). The DPI Scaling windows displays.
        Figure 6: Personalization window
        Personalization window
      5. Click Default Scale (96 DPI) - fit more information. Then click OK, and close Control Panel.
        Figure 7: Setting the default DPI
        Setting the default DPI

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