How to Shrink the Mac Screen Back to Its Normal Size

One thing you should expect when using a Mac or any laptop is that the display screen might change unexpectedly. Either the text display becomes abnormally large or small or images are cut off and you do know how to shrink the screen back to normal size.

For Mac PCs, the process of shrinking the screen back to its normal size will require any of the following:

  1. Reducing or increasing zoom

  2. Change system preferences

  3. Adjust text size

When your Mac displays a larger screen size than normal, it can be as a result of trying to connect an external monitor or projector to it. To prevent this, you need the right connection which most times is an HDMI cable.

Can I Connect My Mac to an External Monitor With an HDMI Cable?

Yes, there are newer models of Macs that have HDMI ports. Check if your system has one, and if it does, you can make use of a cable to share your screen.

All you have to do is connect both ends of the cable to each HDMI port on the Mac and external monitor. If your laptop fails to recognize the connection, carry out the following:

  • Turn off the external monitor and your Mac
  • Unplug the HDMI cable from the Mac
  • Put the Mac back on, and plug in the cable again
  • Turn on the external monitor.

However, if you do not fancy using HDMI, there are other methods of connecting your Mac to an external monitor. Use any of these methods:

  • Connect using a Thunderbolt 1 Port  (2011 Macs)
  • Connect using a Thunderbolt 2 Port (2013 Macs)
  • Connect using a Thunderbolt 3 Port (2016 Macs)
  • Connect using USB-C which is similar to Thunderbolt 3
  • Make use of a VGA connector
  • Make use of a DVI connector

With the aforementioned ports, all you need to do is purchase a cable that can fit into these ports and connect both ends to the two monitors.

How to Shrink Screen Back to Normal Size on Mac

If you want to shrink your screen back to its normal size, it is a pretyy straightforward process. Using any of the methods explained below should help you restore the screen of your Mac PC back to its original state.

Option 1: Zoom in and Out

This is a simple action to perform if you are making use of an external mouse and keyboard. However, if you do not, have an external mouse, there is still a way around this. 

Step 1a: On your Mac keyboard, look for the “Control” key

Step 2a: Hold the key down

Step 3a: Place your other hand on your mouse wheel 

Step 4a: Scroll “up” and “down” with your fingers on both the wheel and control key at the same time.

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Step 1b: On your Mac keyboard, look for the “Control” key

Step 2b: Hold the key down

Step 3b: Place two fingers on your touchpad

Step 4b: Perform a “drag up” or “drag down” action with your fingers on the touchpad while holding down the control key at the same time.

However, the above steps might not work for you if your default setting does not allow for it. Once you change it, you can try zooming in and out again with your keyboard and mouse. Use the following steps.

Adjusting Zoom Setting on Mac OS X 10.7 and above

To adjust the setting for Macs with operating system 10.7 and above, you need to:

Step 1c: Select the “Apple” menu

Step 2c: Go to “System Preferences”

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Step 3c: Place your cursor at the search bar and type “zoom”

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Step 4c: A menu for “Accessibility” should popup

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Step 5c: Search for the menu which reads “Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom”

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Step 6c: If the box beside it is unticked, tick it 

Step 7c: Choose the key to use which can be “Control” key and the above steps should work to zoom in and out.

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Adjusting Zoom Setting on Mac OS X 10.6 and below

Other Mac versions require the following steps to change system preferences

Step 1d: Select the “Apple” menu

Step 2d: Go to “System Preferences”

Step 3d: Select the “Mouse” icon

Step 4d: A menu for “Mouse” should popup

Step 5d: Search for the menu which reads “Zoom using scroll wheel while holding”

Step 6d: If the box beside it is unticked, tick it 

Step 7d: Choose the key to use which can be “Control” key and the above steps should work to zoom in and out.

Option 2: Change System Preferences

You may have accidentally changed the setting of your Mac system thereby leading to a change in orientation, display or resolution size. Once you adjust them, your screen should return to its prior state.

Adjusting Screen Resolution

Step 1: Select the “Apple” menu

Step 2: Go to “System Preferences”

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Step 3: Select the “Display” option

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Step 4: Look for the  “Resolution” text

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Step 5: You can either “tick” the circle for “best for display” or for “scaled” and select your preferred resolution

Option 3: Adjust Text Size

By using a simple shortcut, you should be able to adjust the text size of your display screen.

Step 1: On your Mac keyboard, look for the “Command” key

Step 2: Hold the key down

Step 3: Look for the “+” sign to “increase text size” or the “-” sign to decrease text size

Step 4: Hold both the “Command” key and the “+” or “-” together 

Option 4: Change The Size Of Desktop Icons and Text

If the size of your desktop icons are larger or smaller than the average, there is a simple adjustment you can make.

Step 1: Right-click your desktop home

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Step 2: Look at the pop up menu and select “Show View Options”

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Step 3: You have the option to increase text or icon size

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How Do I Increase the Size Of My Pointer On Mac?

One way to keep track of the location of your system’s cursor is by increasing its size. Use the following steps:

Step 1: Select the “Apple” menu

Step 2: Go to “System Preferences”

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Step 3: Select the “Accessibility” option

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Step 4: Go to “Display” 

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Step 5: Look out for the slider beside the option for “Cursor Size” to increase the size.

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Can I Rotate the Screen Orientation of My Mac?

Yes, you can rotate the orientation of the Mac with the following:

Step 1: Select the “Apple” menu

Step 2: Go to “System Preferences”

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Step 3: Select the “Accessibility” option

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Step 4: Select the “Display” option

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Step 5: Go to “Rotation” 

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Step 6: Click the drop down menu to read through the options

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Step 7: Select the option you want

Conclusion

To shrink the screen size of your Mac back to its normal orientation, use the steps explained above. However, if none of the steps from changing screen resolution to adjusting zoom work, there might be other issues affecting your system.

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