How To Setup Your Monitor

Dear Computer Lady,

We just purchased a Dell 27″ PC monitor, but now we are having troubles getting it setup so we can see everything on the screen???

It is too wide and some things are off the screen.

HELP, please, Thanks ~ Lois

Dear Lois,

From your description, it sounds like the monitor settings are off a bit.

What you need to do, is find the adjustment buttons on the monitor itself.
Most monitors have an “Auto” or “Auto Adjust” button. Press that and the monitor will sense the signal coming in and adjust itself so that the picture is centered on the screen and straight.

If that doesn’t work, use the other buttons on the monitor to manually adjust the position of the image on your screen. I can’t tell you exactly how to do this since it is different for each model of monitor, but look for the button that brings up a menu on the screen, and then use the adjustment buttons to navigate through that menu, select the settings you want to change, and then make the adjustments.

Sometimes you can get the monitor to automatically adjust by turning just the monitor (not the computer) off for a few seconds, then turn it back on.

If you get stuck, try to find the manual that came with the monitor, or look up the model of the monitor online, and you can usually find a PDF version of the manual on the manufacturers website.

I hope this helps, Elizabeth


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