changing screen display size - not resolution

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

  1. jetrim macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    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
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012

    emjaymert macrumors member

    May 26, 2008
    Just out of curiosity what is the current resolution?
  3. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    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

    Oct 22, 2005
    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.
  5. jetrim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012

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