What if Windows 10 display is too big?

By ivan.diskin | February 3, 2020 |

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Your PC is programmed to output any image on your screen at a specified size that corresponds to its resolution. When the resolution is high, the image is clearer and the elements it is made up of appear to be smaller. Sometimes, devices output images at resolutions that are too high for the connected monitors (or screens) to display properly.

Since you are here to learn how to get the normal display size on your Windows 10 PC, we can safely assume your struggles are down to you being able to see only a small portion of your desktop and the image size being out of order, which means you are not able to work normally or perform certain tasks.

How to fix the Windows 10 display too big issue

  1. Alter your screen resolution and related settings:

Here, assuming your display got big due to changes in your display settings – especially those that were made inadvertently or those that occurred without your knowledge – then you should be able to make things right by selecting the correct parameters for your screen. Most importantly, you have to choose the right resolution.

Follow these instructions:

  • Right-click on any area on your desktop screen that is free of icons or objects. From the options list displayed, you must select Display settings.

You are supposed to end up on the Display screen in the Settings application.

  • Click on the drop-down menu under Resolution and go through the options available. Choose the recommended resolution.

If the Keep these display settings? dialog comes up, you will have to click on the Keep changes button.

  • Check your screen and confirm that your display is now okay.

If you feel your display is still too big, then you must return to the Display screen in Settings and try out other resolution options. Test out the resolutions available until you stumble on one that suits your display device or monitor screen.

  • If you are not satisfied with the results you obtained from the first move, then you must click on the drop-down menu under Scale and layout to see the options available and then choose 100% (Recommended).

You can try out other figures and test things.

After you identify the best resolution or scaling figure for your display, you must take note of it and save the new configuration. If you feel your display is still too big, especially when you have certain applications running, then you must do this:

  • Go back to the Display screen in the Settings application. Click on the Advanced scaling settings link, and then on the screen that follows, you have to click on Let Windows try to fix apps so that they’re not blurry to toggle this function on.

If the Let Windows try to fix apps so that they’re not blurry parameter was already set to on, then you have to click on its toggle to disable it. Observe the changes that occur after you take this action.

  • You can restart your computer at any point – especially while you are testing out new parameters or settings – to see what the changes translate into after a system reboot.

If you believe your display settings have nothing to do with the Windows 10 display being too big issue, then you must see the next fix.

  1. Update your display driver:

If your PC display is too big even when the relevant settings are in order – which probably means Windows is struggling to apply the settings – then there is a good chance that your display driver is broken or outdated. Your display driver, after all, is the program that manages and controls interactions between the physical device (monitor or screen) and the software running on your machine (Windows itself and programs).

To fix the problem in this case, you have to update your display driver. In other words, you have to get your system to install and use the newest driver version available for your PC display.

You can do the job using Auslogics Driver Updater. After you install this program, you can instruct it to run checks on your computer to identify the broken, missing, and outdated drivers, and then it will proceed to fetch and install the latest manufacturer-recommended versions as replacements for them. This way, you get to update your display drivers in no time without issues or complications.

Otherwise – especially if you prefer doing everything on your own – you can try to update your display driver manually through standard Windows functions. You can follow these instructions to update your display driver through processes initiated from the Device Manager application:

  • To launch the Device Manager app, you have to do a right-click on the Windows icon visible in the bottom-left corner of your display to see the Power User menu program/option list and then click on Device Manager.
  • Here, assuming the Device Manager window is now on your screen, you must carefully go through the listed categories, locate Display Adapters, and then click on the expansion icon for this category.
  • Once the contents of the Display Adapters category become visible, you will see your display driver. You should see at least one driver.

Note:

  1. All PCs have an integrated graphics card or integrated GPU. If your computer uses an Intel processor, then you will see an Intel integrated graphics device.
  2. If your computer has a dedicated graphics card built into it (besides the integrated unit), then you will see two entries (one for the integrated card and another for the dedicated card). In that case, you have to update the two display drivers.
  • To update a driver, you have to right-click on its device to see its context menu and then select the Update driver option.

You will then have to choose between Search automatically for updated driver software  and Browse my computer for driver software.

  • We recommend you click on the Search automatically for updated driver software option to try it out (for now).

If the operation goes well, then Windows is supposed to check the internet for an updated version of your display driver. If things work out, then your system will inform you that a newer driver version was found and you will be able to download and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

After the driver gets installed, you will have to restart your computer to complete the process, and only then do we recommend you confirm that your display size is now they way it is supposed to be.

If the Search automatically for updated driver software option returns no relevant result, then you have to perform the driver search and update tasks this way:

  • Fire up your web browser. Try to search for a new driver version for your display device. Use the name of the device, its properties, and other details that define the driver as keywords for your search operations. You can click on the entries for trusted websites or reputable download centers.

You can go to the driver manufacturer’s site and check for what you need there. You will probably have to choose the parameters that define your display device or system configuration, and then you will be directed to the download page for your display driver.

  • Go through the list of driver releases, locate the most recent stable driver version, and then click on it. You will be directed to the download page for the chosen driver version. Click on the Download button there to fetch the package.

It is important that you download the precise (and correct) driver version for your display. A similar or close driver version will not cut it given the problem you intend to resolve. You might even end up with more problems than you have now if you force your computer to use a wrong display driver.

You must also avoid downloading stuff from shady websites or questionable sources. In your quest to obtain new drivers for your display device, you must avoid infecting your computer with malicious programs.

  • Anyway, assuming your browser is done downloading the driver package, you must click or double-click on the file to get Windows to run it. Follow the instructions on the driver installation window or wizard to install the driver.
  • After your computer finishes installing the display driver, you have to restart your PC to finish things.
  • Check and confirm that all is now well with your display.
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