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Macbook screen is zoomed or magnified too much. How do i reset it?

I screwed something up. The screen is overly magnified or zoomed and I messed up the font. I just want to start over and default it.

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    Cal Burke Mar 27, 2014

    It looks like you've enlarged everything. Press the Mac key on your keyboard - bottom left, 3rd key in: there's an image of an apple with a bite out of the top right - and the misus sign (-) between and below F10 and F11.

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Accessibility Zoom?

If everything is messed up and not just one app, you may have managed to switch on accessibility features and triggered the zoom. Does the screen scroll around as you move the cursor?
As all of the controls are customisable, some things may not work but try <option><command><minus> to zoom out.
Go to System Preferences and select Accessibility. Choose Zoom on the left and uncheck 'Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom' and 'use scroll gesture...'.

Otherwise, some of the other suggestions should help.

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The other thing is check the System Preferences under the Apple on the top left corner of the screen. Select Displays in Mavericks you are given a choice between Best for Display and Scale select Scale. Order system X may have different options so then you need to check the different resolutions to find what works for you.

I do not understand your font problem. What application are you using?

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I think you've enlarged everything. Press the Mac key on your keyboard - bottom left, 3rd key in: there's an image of an apple with a bite out of the top right - and the minus sign (-) between and below F10 and F11.

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