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How to reset my desktop display

June 20, 2010 at 23:54:12
Specs: Windows XP

I exited a program the other day to find that everything on my desktop had been enlarged - Icons, taskbar, even the background had zoomed in slightly. This isn't a problem, as such, but it occours on every program as well. My Computer is enlarged, as well as IE, Word, Media Player, and the rest.

Is there any way i can reset the whole desktop display to default, getting all the sizes back to normal?


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#1
June 21, 2010 at 05:02:09

Right click on a blank spot on your desktop and select properties. You are looking for the tab that allows you to reset your resolution (I no longer have XP so I cannot double check which for you right now) and reset it to a HIGHER number by sliding the slide to the right and click apply. The higher the resolution, the smaller the icons will be. It may take a little bit of experimenting to find what you like or what you had. It sounds like the program you used is an older one that was intended to run on windows 95 since 95 had a default resolution that was very low (800x600 I think). If you intend to use this program again, try running it in Windows 95 compatibility mode and it may eliminate the problem when you shut it down. To do this, open My Computer and the drive that has your programs on it (probably 'C' by default) and Program Files and look for the program's main executable (".exe), right click on it, click on the compatibility tab and select 'run as windows 95' and OK.

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June 21, 2010 at 11:07:36

Thanks for the reply Fingers.
Ok, I've tried that, and I think the screen size is back to normal...

But, the icon size/font on the desktop is still far too small. And the Icon option on the appearance settings only changes icons in menus, not on the desktop.

Also, the task bars at the top of every window are oddly proportioned (small area, large font). I've tried changing these on display settings, but cant get them looking right.

And the program i exited was Rome Total War, not exactly a 95 game :), so i dont think thats what changed the displey.
If anyone has any idea why this happened, what i can do to prevent it from happening again, and, most importantly, a way of fixing my current problem, please reply

Thanks again


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#3
June 21, 2010 at 11:37:14

If you fiddle around in Appearance > Advanced you can definitely change the desktop icon size - I have done so. I think it is the one marked "icons" (rather than desktop icons) but I don't want to mess this machine about in order to find out for certain. It's a bit of a black art because one setting can sometimes alter others. The default setting for "icons" is 32. I also have a note of most other default values if you should need any of them.

Of-course there is always System Restore which you can select to take you back to before this issue but that it taking a rather big gun to solve the problem.


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