MacBook Pro display suddenly larger than screen

Discussion in 'Video Hardware' started by AES, Jan 16, 2011.

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    AES Guest

    My MacBook (2008 vintage, running Snow Leopard) suddenly seems to think
    it has about a 10% larger display area or display screen than it
    actually has.

    That is, the viewable display seems to be about 10% larger than the
    actual LCD screen of the MacBook, as if I'd turned on some kind of
    full-window display magnification.

    At startup the Menu Bar is now about 10% longer than the width of the
    LCD screen and runs off the right-hand side; folders which were
    previously on the right edge or bottom of my desktop are now hidden
    about an inch beyond the right side or below the bottom of the screen.
    Moving the pointer (mouse) up against the edge or bottom of the screen
    causes the entire desktop to move or scroll so as to show what's beyond
    the edge.

    I think I got into this situation by accidentally hitting some wrong key
    combination while using Adobe Acrobat 7, which has a "zoom" feature that
    can make any single one of its windows act like this. But, I can't make
    it go away by shutting the Mac down and restarting; or by using any of
    the controls in the Displays Preferences (Detect Window or any of
    resolution choices).

    Any ideas . . . ?
    AES, Jan 16, 2011
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    JF Mezei Guest

    The zoom feature should be reset after a reboot.

    On my menu bar, I have a "monitors" menu option (which should be
    available in the system preferences too). Make sure it is set to have
    the right display size. You may wish to change it to 640*480 and then
    back to its normal setting.
    JF Mezei, Jan 16, 2011
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    AES Guest

    Thank you! (and others) -- that was exactly the problem; and clicking
    the Zoom radio button to OFF immediately solved it.
    AES, Jan 16, 2011
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    Alan Baker Guest

    Control-scroll or control-two-finger-swipe.
    Alan Baker, Jan 16, 2011

  5. And I do find the Zoom feature useful, mainly for reading comics, which
    are oft published in too small a size.
    Walter Bushell, Feb 4, 2011
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