My Display on My Laptop Got Big & I Can't Change it

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My Display on My Laptop Got Big & I Can't Change it
Changes to your desktop display size can happen suddenly and inexplicably. (laptop computer image by patrimonio designs from

At times, a computer screen can become very busy with multiple toolbars, more than one add-on and more than one browser open at once. In some cases, you don't even have to click for an application to open -- a mouse-over command will do it. You may not have noticed where the cursor was located when a change took place. Sometimes, you may inadvertently increase the size of your desktop display. Almost every action taken on a computer can be undone.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Go to the printer icon on the top-right of your laptop screen. Click on the icon. Click on "Page Setup" and look at the options. Under "Page Size," make sure that "Letter" size has been selected. Under "Letter" size, make sure that "Portrait" has been selected.

    My Display on My Laptop Got Big & I Can't Change it
    Understanding icons is important when using a computer. (icons image by andrey polichenko from
  2. 2

    Go to the word "page" next to the printer icon. Click on "page." Scroll down to the word "zoom." Click on "zoom" and make sure that 100 per cent has been selected.

  3. 3

    Go to the top of the page and locate the icons, if you are open to a PDF file. There is a row of icons with a printer icon and a "plus" and "minus" symbol. Next to the symbols, there will be a display of the size of the images on the page. Make sure the page is set for 100 per cent. If not, click on the percentage that is showing, to open a selection. Click on 100 per cent.

  4. 4

    Close the file you have open. Look at the top-left side of the screen. You will see a row of words that looks like this: "File Edit View Favorites Tools Help." Click on the"File." Click on "Page Setup." Click on 100 per cent.

  5. 5

    Go to the word "View" and click on it. Scroll down to the word "Zoom." Click on the per cent showing if it is anything other than 100 per cent.

  6. 6

    Go to the bottom-right side of the computer screen. You will see a percentage showing to the extreme right. If it reads 100 per cent, do nothing. If the per cent is larger than you desire for your screen, click on 100 per cent.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the size of images, such as photos or graphics, by visiting Photoshop or any of a number of online sites that offer free image resizing.

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