How to fix stretched screen issues on Windows 10?

March 1, 2018 |

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“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,

or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

—E. E. Cummings

Display settings is one of the most important settings in our computers. The interface of the computer should look good and presentable. Users are often attracted to a particular operating system because of how good the interface is. The display settings help us to get better videos, play video games, edit videos and photos. Stretch screen issues can be very annoying because it makes the interface looks awkward and all of the above functions listed above are lost. This also reduces the productivity of your computer.

A lot of users have reported problems with Windows 10 screen resolution from when they upgraded to Windows 10 or when they were doing a driver update. Another problem which users encounter often is stretched screen problem in Windows 10 in which the pixels are broken and image is stretched from side to side with distorted text. In this article, we are going to be teaching you how to fix stretched screen windows 10. Here you will learn how to fix all kinds of display issues with your computer.

There are many reasons why these problems arise, some of which are:

  • Corrupt graphic driver.
  • Outdated graphics driver.
  • Problems with the screen resolution and display setting. Etc.

Use the following methods if your computer screen is stretched on windows 10:

Method 1.

Troubleshoot the stretched screen.

In this method we will let windows look for the problem and try to fix it.

  1.       Click on the Start or Home button.
  2.       Type Control Panel in the search box and click on it in the available result.
  3.       Click on System and Security.
  4.       Click Troubleshoot common computer problems under the Security and Maintenance option.
  5.       Click on Hardware and Devices.
  6.       Now, click on Run the troubleshooter.

If the troubleshooter finds any problems with your display adapter, it will automatically fix the issues and present to you a log.

Method 2.

Right-click on the Desktop and select on Display Settings.

Now click on “Advanced Settings” button and make sure the resolution is set to the “recommended” settings, which is mostly set as 1366 x 768. But it can also be set at 1260 x 768 which is also a good resolution for your PC. In updated versions of Windows 10, you will not find

Advanced Settings.

You will find this setting directly from Display settings panel. If it is set at anything less than these resolutions above would produce bad and awkward images and texts and interface. This is not very pleasant to view especially when you have had better resolution before.

Using Fn Key

An alternative way to fix Windows 10 stretched screen problem is by using the Function key (Fn) on your keyboard.

press the Function key(Fn) + space bar key on your keyboard. This works only if you have installed the software for this function.

Using the space bar, adjust and set the settings which best suits you.

Using Slider

Alternatively, from the Display settings panel, you can also set the pixel settings by using the slider. To find the slider, right-click on the Desktop and click on Display setting. This will open the Display setting panel where you will find the slider.

Adjust and set the resolution by moving the slider to the settings which suits you best. 100% is recommended option.

Check for the refresh rate

  • Right-click on the Desktop and select Display setting.
  • In the Display settings panel, scroll down and click on

Display adapter properties.

  • In the next window, select List All Mode.
  • Now you will see a list of various frequencies. Select the one which matches with your resolution (for example 1366 by 780 or 1280 by 780) with 60Hz refresh rate. It is usually the last option on the list.
  • Click OK to Apply the settings.


You will notice a momentary black screen and the next screen you see will be sharp and perfect. Everything will return to normal. Now you can enjoy all the options your display adapter has to offer.

This is how to resolve the stretched screen issue Windows 10. This method can also fix the screen resolution problem in Windows 10.

If the problem is not resolved, you can try using all the refresh rates and resolutions from the lists (after clicking list all modes) to see which one works for you because screen resolution mostly depends on the driver and hardware specifications.

Installing Default Graphic Drivers

If the above methods did not solve the problem, this indicates that there is probably an issue with your graphics drivers. There are many methods to fix errors with graphics drivers. You can start by trying to install the default graphic drivers on your computer by deleting them, then restart your computer. For this you need to be connected to the internet. Your PC will automatically detect the graphics hardware and install the default drivers for your device.

  • Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to launch the Run App. Type “devmgmt.msc ” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  • When you are in the device manager panel, double-click on “Display adapters.” Your graphics card will be listed here.
  • Right-click on it and select “Uninstall.”
  • Reboot your computer when the uninstallation in done and check if this solves the problem.


Rolling Back to Previous Drivers

If after a Windows or Driver Update and your display started giving problems, then it probably means that the culprit is your updated graphics drivers. You can try to roll back to the drivers you used previously and check if the display gets better. If it doesn’t, you can always revert the changes back.

Roll back the drivers by following the steps below:

Option 1.

  • Right-click on the Desktop and select Display setting.
  • In the Display settings panel, click on Display adapter properties.
  • In the next window, click on Properties.
  • Navigate to the Driver tab in the next window and select Roll back driver.

Option 2.

  • In the Start menu search box, type device manager.
  • Now open Device manager and scroll down to Display adapters
  • Double-click on Display adapters to reveal your graphic card driver.
  • Right-click on the driver and select Properties.
  • Navigate to the Driver tab and select Roll back driver.

Update your graphic drivers

Option 1.

  • In the Start menu search box, type device manager.
  • Now open Device manager and scroll down to Display adapters
  • Double-click on Display adapters to reveal your graphic card driver.
  • Right-click on the driver and select Update Driver.

This will automatically search for your drivers online and download and install it.

Option 2.

Download and install Auslogics Driver Updater to find out which of your drivers are outdated, corrupt, damaged, or missing. It will automatically repair or update them. It will also search for the latest drivers which are compatible with your devices.

Also, you can manually search for your driver online and download the latest version of your it from the manufacturer website. This is to make sure that your have the compactible driver for your device.

I will also recommend you to download and install Auslogic Registry Cleaner. This is to check your computer for unknown errors which might be causing display or any other issues and fix them. This software is totally free.

I hope this article has solved your display problems. Share with others who encounter the similar problems.

Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?

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