How to use the Toshiba zooming utility

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How to use the Toshiba zooming utility
Zoom into the action on your Toshiba TV set. (Getty Thinkstock)

TV programmes and films come in different resolutions and formats that don't always display optimally on your TV set. Old shows made in standard 4:3 aspect ratio might look stretched, while some films display in letterbox format with a black bar at the top and bottom of the screen. The zooming facility on a Toshiba TV set lets you expand, contract and change the shape of the screen display to suit your preferences. Access the TV's zoom function from the menu option on the Toshiba remote control handset.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Press the central "Menu" button on the Toshiba TV remote control unit to launch the onscreen menu. Press the left or right arrow button on the remote control to select and highlight the "Picture" menu option.

  2. 2

    Press the up or down arrow buttons to highlight and select the "Picture Zoom" function. You can now change the screen zoom level to get the best display for the TV or film format that you're currently watching.

  3. 3

    Select "Auto" to let the TV set automatically detect and choose the recommended setting. Go for the "16:9" option to change the zoom level to full widescreen display, or select "4:3" to watch an old TV programme in its original resolution without the stretching effect. Choose "14:9" or "14:9 Zoom" to remove the letterbox effect with black screen bars that you sometimes see on films. Select "Cinema" to view films in super-widescreen format (but note that this will typically add the letterbox effect to your screen.) Select "Subtitle Zoom" if you're viewing a film in letterbox mode but also want to see the subtitles. This raises the picture so that the subtitle text displays in the black bar area rather than over the action.

Tips and warnings

  • Some zoom settings may cut off the sides or top and bottom of the picture -- experiment to get the best result on your Toshiba TV set.

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