How to Prevent Stretching of Photos on Wide Computer Screens

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How to Prevent Stretching of Photos on Wide Computer Screens
Laptops often come with wider screens. (laptop with database record on 15.4" wide screen image by .shock from

Wide computer screens have become more common as they provide more workspace for your computer and can provide a dynamic ratio with which to watch movies or play games. Simply hooking up a wide screen monitor to your computer, however, will not automatically get you perfect results. Things such as your computer's graphics card and your resolution settings will either enhance or hinder what your monitor can show you. Consult your graphics card's manual to determine if it is capable of producing widescreen ratios.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Checking Your Settings

  1. 1

    Right-click on your desktop.

  2. 2

    Click "Screen Resolution."

  3. 3

    Click on the drop-down menu that says "Screen Resolution" and then adjust the arrow. See the links in Resources for a list of appropriate screen sizes and resolutions.

    Preventing the Stretching of Desktop Backgrounds

  1. 1

    Right-click on the desktop.

  2. 2

    Click "Personalize."

  3. 3

    Click the "Desktop Background" button at the bottom left of the window.

  4. 4

    Locate the "Picture Position" box. Clicking on it will show a list of options. Experiment with these options to see which one will look the best. Often pictures may be too small to look good with the "Stretch" or "Fit" options. Try using the "Center" option if this is the case.

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