Desktop TOOO large

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by clmainville, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. clmainville macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    My daughter's desktop has somehow become enormous. When she goes into system preferences to change it she can't see the system preferences window. If that window is actually open but out of view is there someway to move it?

    OS 10.5.8
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    You might have success renaming your desktop preference file and rebooting:

    1. Start the Terminal (Applications/Utilities).
    2. Enter cd Library/Preferences/
    3. Enter mv
    4. Close the Terminal.
    5. Restart your computer.

    See if that resolves the "giant desktop" issue. If not, please reply with more information about your setup: What kind of Mac, what kind of monitor, how is it attached, etc.
  3. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Is it possible she "zoomed" the desktop to make it larger?

    If so, you can zoom it back down by holding "control" while scrolling down with the mouse or trackpad.

  4. clmainville thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Got it fixed.

    Thanks for the two suggestions. My granddaughter was able to fix it:

    System Preferences/Universal Access Turn Zoom Off

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