How to Remove Black Bars on a Widescreen Notebook

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How to Remove Black Bars on a Widescreen Notebook
Get rid of the black bars on the top and bottom of your widescreen computer notebook. (widescreen fast laptop image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Widescreen notebooks have a different screen size and resolution than many personal computers and laptops. The uncharacteristic length by height set-up can cause your widescreen notebook to exhibit an automatically formatted screen display, resulting in black bars at both the top and bottom of your screen. This is not unlike when you view widescreen movies on a tube TV. However, there is a relatively simple way to reformat the screen resolution, resulting in a full screen view of your windows, and eliminating the black bars.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Right-click an empty area on your computer desktop and click "Properties."

  2. 2

    Click the "Settings" tab in the pop-up dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Slide the peg up and down the "Screen Resolution" bar to configure different screen resolution settings. Click "Apply" to see what that particular screen resolution will look like. Experiment for awhile until you find the resolution that fits your widescreen notebook and eliminates the black bars. Click "OK" when you're finished.

    Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. 1

    Right-click an empty area on your computer desktop and select "Screen Resolution" from the list of given options.

  2. 2

    Navigate the peg up and down the "slider bar" to change your screen's resolution size.

  3. 3

    Let go of the "slider peg" when you find the right screen resolution size that eliminates the black bars and looks appropriate to you. Click "OK" to save. Click "Cancel" to start the process over.

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