Dear Computer Lady,
I just had my computer cleaned up and now all the print and icons are so much smaller. How do I enlarge the items on my screens so that everything is larger as it once was.
Thank you! Julie
It sounds like the person who cleaned up your computer thought they were doing you a favor by changing the resolution. Fortunately, it is easy for you to change it back. Since you didn’t say what version of Windows you were using, I will give directions for both Windows XP and Vista.
When you change the resolution, you are changing the number of pixels or small dots your screen displays. The higher the resolution, (the more dots displayed) the more detail you can fit on the screen and the smaller the images will be.
Since you want to make your images on the screen larger, you will need to lower the resolution.
To change the resolution in XP:
1. Right click on a blank spot on your desktop and then click “Properties”. This will bring up the “Display Properties” window.
2. In the “Display Properties” window, click on the “Settings” tab all the way to the right of the window.
3. On the “Settings” page, look at the lower left section of the screen entitled “Screen Resolution”. It will have a slider that you can move with your mouse.
4. Slide the slider to the left to make your resolution lower (and the images on your screen larger) and click “OK” when you are finished.
Here is how to change the resolution in Vista:
1. Right Click on a blank spot on the desktop.
2. Click “Personalize” in the context menu that appears.
3. Click on “Display Settings”.
4. Move the slider under “Resolution:” to the left to make your resolution lower (and the images on your screen larger).
5. Click “OK” when you are finished to save your changes.