changing screen display size - not resolution

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jetrim, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. jetrim macrumors newbie

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    2010, 27" imac, os X 10.6.8, 8gb ram, 4 2tb externals
    OK so here's the problem:
    Went to bed last night and all was fine. Wife borrowed the computer. Woke up this morning and the screen - including top menu bottom pop-up menu and sides have become extended beyond the viewable area of the monitor. If I move the mouse all the way to the left, it pushes the icons for the external drives off the right side of the screen. If I push the mouse to the right, everything left of the "view" menu gets pushed off the left side of the screen. Similar for top & bottom.

    So far I have:
    • reboot - no effect
    • reset the display resolution - no effect
    • reset the system preferences through time machine to 1 month ago - no effect

    Any suggestions before I run a complete backup off time machine? (reluctant to do this as last one took 14 hours)
    windows monitors usually always have a menu for these adjustments (size,position,keystone,pincushion,etc) but can't find any info on such a menu on the imac. Already know what Apple customer care will say, they seem to have 1 solution for every problem "reinstall the operating system and if that doesn't work, bring it in.".
     
  2. emjaymert, Sep 4, 2012
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    emjaymert macrumors member

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    Just out of curiosity what is the current resolution?
     
  3. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like a simple zoom ... but I wouldn't think that would survive a reboot without returning to normal.

    zoom: holding down "control" while scrolling up/down with mouse.

    ( zoom probably requires enable in SystemPreferences/Accessibility/Zoom/"Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom" ) I think it was "on" by default in previous versions of OS X
     
  4. lostless macrumors 6502

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    Its a built in feature in OSX. It allows you to zoom in. To undo it, just hold control and turn your scroll wheel on your mouse or the 2 finder scrolling on the touch pad.
     
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