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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Help!!! Larger Monitor and having problems trying to adjust ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/30/13 9:10 PM

My Dell 15" monitor pooped out on me, and I have been forced to purchase a 20" monitor. I have eye muscle problems and am trying to find a way to make my screen more horizontally narrow, more like a square. I have a Samsung S20B350H monitor and would like to know if this is possible. Can anyone help me?

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Date: 4/30/13 9:30 PM

Not an expert by any means, but in your manual, there should be the instructions on the monitor buttons (for brightness, contrast, etc.) One of those menu options 'should' allow you to adjust the size.

Widescreen is 16:9, I think the square shape is 4:3 - can you find a Size option that will allow you to make that change ?

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Date: 4/30/13 9:40 PM

Can you just shrink the size of the window you're viewing at the time? No need for it to occupy the entire screen.

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Date: 5/1/13 1:46 AM

That's what I do. I have the windows for my browser and email programs "pulled in" on the right side, so the windows are a more pleasing width. Bonus: I can always see my weather "gadgets" on the right-side of my desktop. :)

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Date: 5/1/13 3:19 AM

You could try a different resolution- look on page 3-10 of your monitor book. That's the page for your particular one. Different resolutions there are going to make it look different, but also make some things like type larger and smaller too. But one like maybe the "VESA, 1280 x 1024" which is fifth one up from the bottom of that page. It looks like from your book, when you just plug yours in to computer it makes a choice and decides for you what it thinks is the optimal one probably for most people, but every one is not the same and might like different things. Go look at page 5-3 there under "how do I change the resolution" and then you can do that in the actual computer, using your graphics card, instead of punching any buttons on the actual monitor, and they do tell you how to get to it there by which windows operating system is in your computer. Depending on your actual graphics card in the computer, you may or may not have each and every of all the resolution changes available that they list on page 3-10 of your monitor book, but you probably have some or a lot of them. But maybe in the computer you might have that "VESA, 1280 x 1024" one. Just note what one it's at in the computer, when you first start out, before changing anything, and trying out some others there to see what you like, so you know which one to pick to get back to how you started, in case you want to get back there. You could try that.

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Date: 5/1/13 8:56 AM

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My Dell 15" monitor pooped out on me, and I have been forced to purchase a 20" monitor.

Thank you for this topic. My 12 y/o Gateway flat-panel monitor is 12" wide (15" diagonally) and whenever it goes, I will be in a true panic.
No monitor I've seen on a retail floor is under 20" and I sit 24 to 30" from the screen at my desk! Then there is the plethora of shiny glass surface monitors, which will not work in my situation (two very large windows behind me at computer desk) and thus especially rules out Apple ~sighs~. At least I can still get matte glass from other brands, but . . . rules out Apple.

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Date: 5/2/13 7:35 AM

It goes to show that "somebody thinking I want something, certainly isn't the case. Why do manufacturers do this? The contrast was at 100% when I brought it home. What?? Then I was told that this was "normal", as the stores need bright contrast to sell their product.

Beauturbo, it's as if you have one of these--your page number references were right on. But on page 5-3, the directions for Windows XP aren't the same with what I have. It says to go into Control Panel and change the resolution there and then says I can change it as per your suggestion. Not so. What I have is a slide bar that, again, makes the decision for me. It's so incredibly annoying!

I have the driver loaded, as it shows above the slide bar, but no specific resolution sizes. It must be that I have an old graphics card. Or maybe the VESA 1280x1024 is a driver?

I don't know what I'm going to do. DH is going to move the monitor back another foot and a half, but then the font is too small. I'm working with a square window on my desktop, but it's a PITA because I have to scroll.

I wish manufacturers would stop trying to throw things at us and just leave us alone.

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Date: 5/2/13 7:59 AM

Are you aware (no doubt you are) that WinXP will no longer be supported by Microsoft next year (security updates, etc.)? We're running Win XP and keeping this in mind. We will get a new computer with a new OS sometime in the next twelve months.

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Date: 5/2/13 8:34 AM

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Are you aware (no doubt you are) that WinXP will no longer be supported by Microsoft next year (security updates, etc.)?
This doesn't surprise me as it's right in line with what I was alluding to: Force the consumer to her knees by a) selling her a product she can't physically use, b) discontinuing a product she enjoys using, and c) convince her it's all for the good. It's a "hearts and minds" kind of thing...

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Date: 5/2/13 11:11 AM

I have been suffering with a 16:9 monitor for 2 years on my laptop....it just makes me crazy that I have more horizontal width than vertical and most of the websites are designed to run on the old 5:4 or 4:3 aspect ratio monitors. I searched every source I could think of to find a computer without this 16:9 screen to no avail.

With a 20" inch monitor you may be able to get used to the format by setting your windows to less than full width, remember that you can keep multiple windows open on top of each other. As long as you can touch any segment of the window it will pop back to the top of the pile -- think of it as if you had a stack of papers on your desk that were not in a neat pile....touch one and it pops to the top of the stack.

I really wish the tech companies would stop making decisions for me.

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