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I use Microsoft XP and I use a 24" Samsung widescreen monitor. Is there any way I can get my programs to fill the screen without stretching and distorting. I have a friend who has a Dell widescreen monitor and the all the programs fill the screen nicely without distortion.

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Its probably your screen resolution, you probably want it set to something with a 16:9 or 16:10 ratio so 1280x768 or 1280x960 or if you are like me and like lots of real estate 1920x1200

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You need to change display settings to fit the widescreen monitor.

See:

Windows XP: Change your monitor resolution


Changing screen resolution in Windows XP


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