desktop doesn't fill entire screen?

March 29, 2011 at 21:04:58
Specs: Windows Vista

I just purchased a 21.5" LED monitor and when I select the maximum screen resolution (which is the recommend setting and the size and clarity I prefer) the desktop area does not fill the complete monitor viewing area. It apepars the CCC has an option to "stretch" the screen, except it's not available for Vista. Any thoughts?

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#1
March 30, 2011 at 03:15:57

Stretch is there, it's just harder to find. Right click on the desktop where there are no icons, select "personalize desktop", the select "Desktop Background", there near the bottom it shows "How should the picture be positioned" and it shows centered, stretched etc.

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#2
March 30, 2011 at 06:19:58

@ Hopper, I think I did not properly explain my problem. The issue isn't the background of the desktp, it's the entire display (the border of the display does not reach the edge of the screen/monitor size). As a result there is a black edge of ~ 1" on all sides. Imagine buying a 50" flat screen TV and the picture only uses 48". There would be a black ecge around all sides where it doesn't completely fill up the screen. The solution you offered only relates to thebackground picture I have (whichi the Security Monkey from ToyStory 3 - you gotta see that move if you haven't - remember the monkey). Any other thoughts on the screen malfunctions?

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#3
March 30, 2011 at 21:15:43

did you try that? Yes, I get the problem, and if stretching the screen is not the solution, then you have the wrong display properties for your monitor, the highest settings are not necessarily the best ones for your monitor. Such as the graphics card adapter can sometimes display settings higher than the highest settings on the actual monitor itself. So while it may suggest using the highest settings, they likely mean the monitors...the card may have more/less capability. I would still try stretching and if thats not it...adjust the display prooperties. my 2cents.


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#4
March 30, 2011 at 21:23:29

Also one never knows, sometimes the monitor has it's own built in auto adjust feature which needs to be pressed sometimes if settings were changed.....just trying to find possibles for ya.

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#5
June 26, 2011 at 15:10:42

@HopperRox

Dude. I hope you have found the solution, it has been pissing me off for a while.

however if you havent I have just sorted mine.

Go to:
Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization > Display Settings

then click on what ever screen is too big if this is monitor 1 it has a big "1" on it, monitor 2 with a "2" etc.. click which ever monitor square is bigger and reduce the resolution on the slidey bar so the screen match sizes.

If it just one screen I assume its trial and error. My laptop monitor is 1366 by 768 pixels and my 2nd monitor was 1920 by 1080 pixels so yeah just match them.

(I have windows vista by the way)

Hope that helps!


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