Do laptop and external display resolution need to match to avoid resizing windows?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by hajime, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hi, my X1 Yoga Gen 3 has a WQHD internal display and my external TV is 4K. I found that I need to rescale the size of Windows and browsers often when dragging them back and forth across the two screens. I don’t recall clearly but I think I did not have to do such resizing when I was using a X1E with 4K internal display. Am I correct that if both laptop and external display have the same resolutions, there is no need for resizingas the mapping is 1:1. Otherwise, need to do the inconvenience of scaling.
  2. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    That sounds about right. I can’t recall 100% from the X1E, but I believe that you are correct.
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    It is quite annoying. I had a browser full screen on the X1Y3. As I dragged it to the 4K screen, the browser window became very small. I had to adjust the size manually.

    If I get the SB2, I guess I will have the same problem.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes, as that's a function of windows
  5. AndyMacAndMic, Dec 17, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018

    AndyMacAndMic macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Since it is a Windows function you can change that in the Windows settings:

    Hopefully that solves your problem.

    EDIT: On the link I provided only the article is interesting. On that page there is also an annoying link called "Download this tool to repair Windows problems & optimize system performance". This is a blatant advertisement for a tool you don't need.
  6. c0ppo macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2013
    If you simply drag 'n' drop, you will have resizing issues. But if you use keyboard shortcuts (win key + shift + arrow), there won't be any issues at all.

    I was using KB shortcuts with x1c + sb2, and both behaved the same. Just use KB shortcuts, it's faster and easier anyway :)
  7. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    As ever knowledge is power, and all the better for sharing :)


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