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Old May 25, 2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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imac screen magnified/tried everything

I am truly desperate for some help...my G4 desktop 10.3.9 suddenly made everything on my desktop screen magnified and enlarged. I need to get everything back to normal size.

I have tried: shutting down the computer-
My mouse is just a plastic oval with no ball so pushing control and dragging doesn't work-
I have gone to the Zoom page under Universal Access/preferences but my computer does not have the squiggly signed key they are telling me I need to erase the zoom if that is what is happening here-

I believe I was in preferences,trying to get my doc bar back up again when this happened. I may have also been in safari, which I think has some kind of zoom thing for this computer.

I am in the middle of a big work project and really need help.
Thanks so much!
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Old May 25, 2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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Sounds like the resolution has changed in the display preferences.
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Old May 25, 2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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You turned on Zoom in Universal Access accidentally. This is easily fixed - open System Preferences and uncheck "Turn on Zoom".
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You turned on Zoom in Universal Access accidentally. This is easily fixed - open System Preferences and uncheck "Turn on Zoom".
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I have gone to the Zoom page under Universal Access/preferences
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Old May 25, 2011, 03:14 PM   #5
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I have gone to the Zoom page under Universal Access/preferences but my computer does not have the squiggly signed key they are telling me I need to erase the zoom if that is what is happening here-
The key combination you're looking for is Control-Option-Command-F5. The Command key may also simply be labeled with an Apple symbol on your keyboard. That will turn off Screen Zoom if that's what you turned on. Also check the display resolution under System Preferences -> Displays as Jolly Jimmy suggested.

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What makes you think the OP has not tried that?
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What makes you think the OP has not tried that?
His post. The OP very clearly stated that they couldn't find the key that was referenced, so obviously they did not use that keyboard shortcut in an attempt to turn off screen zoom, since they did not know what it was.

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Old May 25, 2011, 11:25 PM   #8
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Screen magnified/Thanks

So I called the independent mac store here in Berkeley and was told that it was indeed the resolution which somehow had gotten switched. So now the documents are the same size again...only now I can't get my desktop pictures to stretch to fill the screen!
MANY thanks to all of you who answered me.
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So I called the independent mac store here in Berkeley and was told that it was indeed the resolution which somehow had gotten switched. So now the documents are the same size again...only now I can't get my desktop pictures to stretch to fill the screen!
MANY thanks to all of you who answered me.
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I assume you checked the Desktop options in System Preferences? I'd switch the stretch options to something else and then back if it's not working properly right now. Glad you got the other issue figured out!

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His post. The OP very clearly stated that they couldn't find the key that was referenced, so obviously they did not use that keyboard shortcut in an attempt to turn off screen zoom, since they did not know what it was.
You glossed over the in my post. I was referring to the title "...tried everything". That's one of my favorites, right up there with a statement followed by question marks.
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You glossed over the in my post. I was referring to the title "...tried everything". That's one of my favorites, right up there with a statement followed by question marks.
Ah. Gotcha. No worries.

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