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The higher the resolution, the more likely you will be able to see your icons.
Open Display in Control Panel.
On the Settings tab, under Screen resolution, drag the slider, and then click Apply.
When prompted to apply the settings, click OK. Your screen will turn black for a moment.
Once your screen resolution changes, you have 15 seconds to confirm the change. Click Yes to confirm the change; click No or do nothing to revert to your previous setting.
To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
A higher screen resolution reduces the size of items on your screen and increases the relative space on your desktop
You can switch your screen resolution temporarily to 640 X 480 if you have games or other programs that are set to run at that resolution. To switch, right-click the game or program (on the desktop or on the Start menu), and then click Properties. Click the Compatibility tab, and then select the Run in 640x480 screen resolution check box. Your display reverts to its default resolution when you close the program.
Your monitor and video adapter determine how much you can change your screen resolution. You may not be able to increase the resolution above a certain level.
Changes to screen resolution affect all users that log on to the computer.
Only the recommended screen resolutions are listed. For additional settings, click the Advanced button on the Settings tab, click the Adapter tab, and then click List all Modes. Select the resolution, color level, and refresh rate you want.
If your desktop is smaller than the dimensions of your monitor then follow the following steps to get a full screen:
Setting the resolution:
1) Right click on an open spot on your desktop and select Properties at the bottom of the popup menu.
2) This will then open up the Display Properties window as shown below.
3) Click on the Settings tab (it's to the top right of the Display Properties window as shown in the image below.
4) At the bottom left of the settings tab there is a Screen resolution heading with a slider bar beneath it. 5) Slide this bar to the left or right until you find the resolution you like. 6) The click Apply when you have found the right resolution.
Sliding the bar to the left = lower resolution, larger desktop icons and less quality. Sliding the bar to the right = higher resolution, smaller desktop icons and better quality. NB: If you are using a CRT (older screen) the max resolution will be around 1280x1024. Newer LCD screen (flat and thin monitors) can go way up to 1920x1080 and beyond if HD is supported.
NOTE: If when doing the screen resolution changes your screen goes blank after you click Apply then immediately hold down the Enter key to restore it back to your previous settings
If this doesn't work then it just maybe the case that you need to set the auto screen fit function on the monitor itself using the buttons provided on the monitor.
This tip is useful when you plug in a monitor and the screen displays the No Signal or Signal out of Range massages. Simply change the resolution to something the monitor can handle and there you go.
You can also check out my video tutorial if you want to:
Screens are controlled by ASPECT RATIO.
Monitors can have 4:3 16:9 and 16:10 ratios.
You are doing 1 of 3 things.
You have a regular monitor and the tv and are duplicating the screen.
You have a regular monitor and the TV and are extending the screen.
You have just the tv connected.
Your video card has to have a screen resolution that meets the tv's ratio to have the tv take the full screen.
If your configuration is 1. the tv will only match the monitor resolution, so if you change the screen resolution, you may get bars on the monitor, and the tv will go wide screen.
if your configuration is 2. the tv is controlled independently and you can select it to change its resolution to an appropriate aspect resolution. *this requires that your video card gives you the correct screen resolution for your tv. not all displays will work.
If your configuration is 3. the tv is the only resolution that is being pushed and just adjust the resolution til the screen is filled in.
To adjust the screen resolution, right click on the desktop where there isnt an icon and select either Properties (windows xp) or Screen Resolution (windows vista, 7 and 8).
if you have 2 screens press the identify button and it will put a number on each screen. click the appropriate screen and go to the resolution dropdown below. Change, apply and if it doesn't look right, revert and try a different setting. if you try them all and it won't take up the full screen, then the video card can't push the video resolution your monitor wants.
On your desktop where all your icons and shortcuts appear, right-click on a vacant area on the desktop. A menu will appear which includes "Change Resolution". Click on "Change Resolution" and select the recommended settings (one of the resolutions should have "recommended" next to it. Once selected, the screen should change. If it is acceptable to you, click Yes when asked and remember to click "Apply" before leaving the screen. Your machine will now be set at the new resolution.
you have to set the resolution again ..just click right on the desktop and choose display modes..and change resolution with a higher one ..Try a few ..but for a 17 inch display the best is to use the 1024 on 768 If this is not available ..look for the video driver icon in the tray ..and change from there..or reinstall the video driver and it will set the resolution by itself ..This may be the cause for getting like this ..The driver failed or was uninstalled .
If it is doing it often and you are not changing screen resolution I would say the monitor itself might have issues. It's possible your display driver may be corrupted. I would suggest you to download and install the latest drivers for the Monitor from the manufacturer's website.
If you mean the wallpaper, you will need to go into the desktop properties and set it to stretch the image. If you mean the desktop itself...you will need to change the screen resolution.
Standard monitors use dimentions like 1024x768, but a wide screen uses one like 1280x768. If you use a resolution that doesn't match the aspect ratio of the monitor it will fill in the extra space with black space and no desktop.