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How to Make a Computer Screen Larger

Updated July 20, 2017

There are several ways to adjust the size of the text and images on your computer screen, in addition to the window size. While font and text size are often a matter of personal taste, increasing the size of text, icons and other images also makes things easier to see, reducing eye fatigue. The best way to adjust the size of your screen is through the control panel on your computer or laptop. Adjusting the screen resolution this way can help you personalise your settings and make working on your computer more comfortable.

Right-click on an empty portion of your desktop and left-click on the "Personalization" or "Properties" tab. Alternatively, go to the "Start" button and click on "Control Panel."

Click on "Display Settings."

Move the "Resolution" slider from left to right to increase resolution. Increasing resolution will allow more items to fit on the screen, but they will be smaller and sharper; lower resolutions allow fewer items to fit on-screen because they are all larger, but they may have blurred edges. The horizontal and vertical measurements are in pixels. LCD screens usually work best at their "native resolution" -- usually the highest available.

Hit "Apply" after the resolution adjustment. These changes will be permanent until you change them.

Tip

If the window you are looking at accidentally becomes reduced in size, clicking on the middle icon next to the "X" in the right corner will restore it so it fills the entire screen. Try pressing the centre wheel on your mouse, then scrolling up to magnify the page you are reading in a word processor or Web browser. You will know right away if your mouse has the capability to increase text and image size if a small magnifying glass icon appears when you press the scroll wheel. You can make all system font sizes bigger in the "Personalization" or "Properties" window as well. Click on the "Adjust Font Size" text on the left side of the pane. Click the "Larger scale (120 DPI)--make text more readable" option. You will see these changes systemwide the next time you start your computer.

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About the Author

Amanda Lacasse has been a web writer since 2009, starting with her own blogs and contributing content to websites such as Lunch and eHow. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and psychology as well as a Master of Science in labor studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.