Desktop margins

May 27, 2006 at 23:20:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP, Inspiron 9300, 1.73 GHz,

I have noticed just tonight that my Desktop has changed. I think people were using my computer and something screwed up, and now there are wide margins on the left and right sides of the screen. The entire screen used to be filled, and this is how I'm used to it looking. I know I'm a nitpicker, but is there any way to get my Desktop and all windows back to full-screen mode?

Also, the icons on my Desktop all seem to have converted to the "free motion" type. Before, all the icons could be moved around and would "snap" into the nearest lined-up position. Is there any way for me to fix this?

I hate to be so finicky, but I am not used to my computer looking like this. The shortened Desktop also makes a problem because I have a lot of program shortcuts and files on my Desktop and there is now even less space than there was before. Any advice?

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#1
May 27, 2006 at 23:35:41

LinZ, is it possible you simply need to resize? Place your cursor over the shrunken margin (corner if both horizontal and vertical) until it becomes a double ended arrow.
Drag and drop the margin to the desired size. Close using 'file' rather than the handier 'X' in order to force windows to 'remember'.
You might also try F12 to see if that produces fullscreen.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#2
May 28, 2006 at 01:05:19

A change in video card resolution might be to blame as well. Check out display properties and see if that has been changed. If you're unsure of what it was before, try a few of the options and see if any look like it was before.

As for the icons, right click the desktop and select arrange icons and ensure "snap to grid" is selected.

TK.


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#3
May 28, 2006 at 01:06:45

oh, and if the resolution thing isn't it... you can manually adjust your monitor output with either those hard wired nobs, or a soft menu using the buttons on your monitor.

TK.


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May 28, 2006 at 05:26:36

I figured out the screen size problem this morning - all it needed was some resizing courtesy of the Desktop Properties panel...even though it will reset back to the shrunken form when the computer goes idle.

Thank you both for your advice - just about everything is back in working order now.

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