How to Change the Aspect Ratio on My Sharp Aquos TV

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The aspect ratio of an image is measured in width and height units. Different aspect ratios serve different purposes. A 4:3 aspect ratio, for example, is common for TV broadcasts and older movies, while newer movies use a variety of widescreen aspect ratios, including 2.35:1, 1.78:1 and 1.85:1. Change the aspect ratio on your Sharp Aquos TV using the remote control.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Press the "View Mode" button on the remote control. A list of available aspect ratios appears on the screen.

  2. 2

    Press the up or down arrows on the remote to highlight the aspect ratio you want to use. The screen aspect ratio changes based on your selection.

  3. 3

    Select "Side Bar" for viewing 4:3 images without distortion. This mode shows bars on the left and right side of the screen.

  4. 4

    Select "S.Stretch" to stretch 4:3 images. This mode makes the image fill the screen, but it may look distorted.

  5. 5

    Select "Zoom" mode to view widescreen 2.35:1 images. This mode chops off the top and bottom of 4:3 images to fill the entire screen.

  6. 6

    Select "Stretch" mode for viewing widescreen movies; 1.78:1 images fill the entire screen, while 1.85:1 images show black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

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