My Computer Is Stuck on Zoom

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Users of both PC and Mac can adjust a screen's zoom and resolution. These two could be confused if you see enlarged text or icons. However, zoom only enlarges a certain space on your screen. Adjusting the resolution on your computer will also change the size of text and images, based on your monitor size and the resolution level. If your computer screen is stuck on zoom, keep reading for more tips to correct your computer’s screen.


Text Displays Large on My PC

The first check is to see if your PC’s zoom is enlarged. If your PC screen is zoomed in to a certain area, press and hold the Control key and scroll down to zoom out. Scroll your mouse wheel in the other direction to zoom in.

N.B. The direction to scroll to zoom in and zoom out will depend on your mouse's configuration.

Change the Scale and Resolution in Windows 10

To change the display scale and resolution in Windows 10, go to Start, then Settings. Open the System menu and select Display. Scroll down to Scale and layout and find the dropdown menu below Change the size if text, apps, and other items. Select the scaling best fit for your monitor.

To change the resolution, open the dropdown menu below Resolution and adjust as required for your monitor. Adjusting the resolution on your PC will adjust the number of pixels. This increases the space on your screen (decreases the size of icons, text, etc.) and also impacts the sharpness of the image. In general, the higher resolution, the sharper the image.

Adjust the Zoom on My Mac

On a Mac, there are several shortcuts to easily manage zoom. On your trackpad, use your index finger and thumb to zoom in by sliding your two fingers apart. To zoom out, slide your fingers together on the trackpad. If you have a Mighty Mouse, you can also use these shortcut swipes.

On Mac as well as PC, you can select the [Control] and [-] or [+] keys to zoom in or out, respectively.

Change the Resolution on My Mac

To change the resolution on your Mac, open System Preferences and click Display. To adjust the resolution manually, find Resolution: and select Scaled. Select the resolution setting that fits your needs, or highlight Default to display to automatically adjust the resolution.

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