Screen magnified, and it's not universal access zoom...HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mosuna, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. mosuna macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    I pressed *something* and now the screen on my main display is magnified. I have a MacBook Pro and also use an additional screen for dual display. I am pretty sure I was just pressing the F7 key to adjust the display when the main screen (the one attached to my laptop) magnified everything on it. I searched the forums and tried the fix of going to Universal Access to turn off Zoom and that wasn't the problem. I don't have a mouse so I can't do anything with the scroll wheel on the mouse. Restarting also did not help, and neither did disconnecting and reconnecting the second screen.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    If you press "control" and scroll your mouse, it will magnify
    The reverse scroll will set it back

    Check and see if that is what happened

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Did you somehow change the monitor output resolution? Check in Preferences under Display and play with resolution.
  4. mosuna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    I don't use a mouse, so that wasn't it. Thanks for replying!
  5. mosuna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    It is set to 800x600 (stretched)...I played around with different settings and now both screens are magnified. When I select the smallest available setting (640 x 480) it doesn't go back to "normal."
  6. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Hanven't done dual monitors in awhile but I believe that in the display preferences window there is a picture with two boxes represnting the monitor layout and you need to click on the screen you wish to change.

    Also the lower you set the resolution numbers the more magnified everything will appear since icons and text are set up to us a fixed number of pixels. 640x480 will have things looking much larger than 1024x768 since the latter puts more pixels on the same physically sized screen.

    What screen size is your MBP? What kind of external monitor is it? With this information we can help you adjust your settings optimally.
  7. mosuna thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    You fixed it! I didn't realize the resolution size was inverse to what was displayed on the screen...THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    It isn't. The resolution is the number of pixels displayed on screen. More pixels = each one takes up less space = smaller text and such.

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