How to Shrink Windows PC Screen Back to Its Normal Size

Is your Windows laptop displaying movies/images but with certain parts of the display cut off? Then, you may have to shrink the screen back to its normal size.

Some of the methods you can utilize to shrink screen back to normal size for a Windows Pc include: 

  1. Changing resolution

  2. Shrinking text size

  3. Zooming out or in 

Before looking in depth at the methods of shrinking the screen, it is better to understand some of the causes of an abnormal screen size. 

Why Is My Laptop Screen Showing Oddly Sized Texts and Images?

There are several reasons why the display of your laptop might change from the norm. Most times the direct or indirect actions of users will lead to a change of the system settings. 

Some of the actions you can expect to affect your display include:

  • Loading a game/application: most games require a particular resolution for optimal play. Therefore, it may occur during the installation process, you are asked to tick a box allowing the game to run administrative changes. This in turn gives the game the right to change the presets on your system.
  • Accidentally zooming in or out: there are certain shortcuts on a keyboard that can be indirectly activated. One of them happens to be the process of zooming. If you accidentally conduct a dragging motion on your touchpad/mouse.
  • Connecting a projector: using an HDMI cable to connect the projector to your laptop may also be another reason why your laptop display might change.

How to Shrink Screen Back to Normal Size on Windows

There are several ways to get your laptop screen back to normal again. We cover them below:

Option 1: Change Resolution

Most times, the cause of a weird display screen is tied to the setting of its resolution. Reverting it back to normal or the recommended setting should solve the problem. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to “Start on Windows”

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Step 2: Type “Control Panel” in the search bar

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Step 3: Type “Display”into the search field 

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Step 4: Under the “Display” option select “ Change display settings”

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Step 5: A window for screen resolution pops out. Take a look at the text on the window for “Resolution”

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Step 6: Change the options for“Display”. Note that for resolution, the best option is the recommended setting.

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Step 7: Click “Ok” When you are done

Option 2: Change Display

If the resolution of your screen is not the problem, then it might be the display. Changing the display requires the following steps as above. However, this time, the final option you choose is “Display”.

Step 1: Go to “Start on Windows”

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Step 2: Type “Control Panel” in the search bar

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Step 3: Type “Display”into the search field 

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Step 4: Under the “Display” option select “ Change display settings”

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Step 5: A window for screen resolution pops out. Take a look at the text on the window for “Display”.

Step 6: You might see different options for “Display”but in our case, we only have one which is “Mobile PC Display”

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Step 7: Choose the best option. 

Step 8: Click “Ok” When you are done

Option 3: Orientation

If your screen only covers a certain portion of your display instead of the full screen, then  the orientation just might be the problem. We will be following some of the steps as above to achieve the results.

Step 1a: Go to “Start on Windows”

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Step 2a: Type “Control Panel” in the search bar

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Step 3a: Type “Display”into the search field 

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Step 4a: Under the “Display” option select “ Change display settings”

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Step 5a: A window for screen resolution pops out. Take a look at the text on the window for “Orientation”.

Step 6a: There are different options for “Orientation” in our case, we have four which include “Landscape”, “Landscape (flipped)”, “Portrait”, “Portrait (flipped)”

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Step 7a: Choose the best option.

Step 8a: Click “Ok” When you are done

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Step 1b: Right click the Homescreen 

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Step 2b: Wait for a menu to pop up

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Step 3b: Select the tab with“Display”

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Step 4b: Scroll down and look out for a menu tagged “Orientation”

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Step 5b: Look at the different options for “Orientation” which include “Landscape”, “Landscape (flipped)”, “Portrait”, “Portrait (flipped)”

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Step 6b: Choose the best option.

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Step 7b: Click “Apply” when you are done

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Option 4 – Change Text Size

For a laptop screen showing tiny or large fonts, you will have to reduce it by changing the setting.

Step 1a: Right click the Homescreen 

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Step 2a: Wait for a menu to pop up

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Step 3a: Select the tab with“Display”

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Step 4a: Scroll down and look out for a menu tagged “Change the size of text, apps and other items”

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Step 5a: Adjust the slider to your preferred text size.

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Step 1b: Go to “Start on Windows”

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Step 2b: Type “Control Panel” in the search bar

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Step 3b: Type “Display”into the search field 

Step 4b: Under the “Display” option select “ Make text and other items larger or smaller”

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Step 5b: A window showing “change size of item” and “change only the text size”  pops out. 

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Step 6b: Adjust the relevant settings

Step 7b: Click “Apply” When you are done

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Option 5 – Turn Off Magnifier

Another reason for your display screen to change from its normal size is by activation of the magnifier. Once you turn it off, everything should reset.

Step 1: Go to “Start on Windows”

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Step 2: Type “Control Panel” in the search bar

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Step 3: Type “zoom”into the search field  and “Ease of Access Center” should pop up.

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Step 4: Under the “Ease of Access Center” option select “Turn magnifier on or off”

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Step 5: Scroll down till you see a text on the screen with “Make things on the screen larger”

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Step 6: Under it, you should see “Turn on Magnifier”

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Step 7: Check if the box beside it has a tick. If it does, “Deselect it”

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Step 8: Click “OK” and “Apply” when you are done.

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How Do I Reduce an Application Window?

Resizing the window of an application is relatively easy. Most applications now come with three menus at the top right hand corner. They include:

  • Restore Down
  • Minimize 
  • Close.

Just click on the “Minimize” option and the application size should reduce. You can also adjust how small you want the window to be by placing the cursor at the top, bottom, right or left to increase or decrease the height and width.

How Do I Make an Application Full Screen On Windows 10?

To make an application window fit totally cover your display screen, all you need is a shortcut. Simply use your keyboard and press the key F11. If your F11 does not work, then you may need to use Fn +F11.

Conclusion

Shrinking the screen size of your Windows PC back to normal should not be a hassle if you follow the steps above. If the resolution is not the problem, then it may be the display size. Try out the options given to get the perfect fix.

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