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My desktop is not centered and the fonts are too big. Also my Start button and bottom toolbar have disappeared.

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Sounds like your resolution has been set too low.

Firstly, i'm going to assume you have a 17" LCD monitor, and that you are running Windows XP. (what a guess!) =-]

Generally, you'd want to right-click the desktop in a blank area, select properties. This gives you the display properties. Go to the last tab across called "settings", then under "screen resolution", drag the slider up a notch and hit apply. If it looks right, leave it at that. If it's not quite right, go another notch and apply. Keep going until you have it right.

But on your 17" LCD monitor, running the DVI cable to the PC... the computer should already have detected it's maximum resolution. In this case, you can drag the slider all the way to the right and hit apply, knowing that this is the optimal resolution. Also on your Dell LCD, you should have several buttons for adjusting the screen. One of those buttons is usually a "self-adjust" or "auto detect" or "some other obvious thing" for self-adjusting the screen viewable area. It *should* do this automatically when you change resolutions, which your Dell 173FPb should do anyway. =-]

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Sounds like your monitor setting are messed up. Monitors have buttons on the edge or side. Pressing one of these buttons brings up a menu. There usually is an item which will grow or shink the image. Also a menu item for centering the image. Play with these and see if they help.

Be careful with "input select". Most monitors have two inputs in the back. With the "input select" button or memory item you can switch to the other input and the screen goes blank. Just switch back with the same button.

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