How to Stretch a Screen to Fit a Computer Monitor

By Cameron Easey

Updated September 28, 2017

A computer screen can mean different things, depending on what is being referenced and used on a particular system. Normally, a computer screen is the space that the operating system takes up on the monitor. A computer screen can also be considered an open window or folder, as well as a computer program or web page. When a particular screen is too small or does not fit the screen, it can be stretched or adjusted using various options that are available to the user.

Adjust the size of the computer screen used by the operating system by accessing the menu options on the monitor. Press the "Menu" or "Select" button to display the monitor's menu screen and navigate to the height and width adjustment setting. Increase the value for the height and width to stretch the screen until it fits the monitor.

Adjust the screen position using the software that came with a video card if one is installed. Video cards from companies such as ATI have a Control Center or program that can be used to change screen settings. Navigate to the Monitor Properties section and look for the screen position and size settings to make changes.

Increase the size of the window for a program or an open folder. Use the "Maximize" and "Minimize" buttons that are located in the upper-right corner. Click the button in the middle that has an image of two windows to make the current window stretch to fill the screen.

Drag an open window or program manually to fill the whole screen or monitor. Click on the title bar to drag the window to the upper-left or upper-right corner of the screen. Place the mouse cursor on the lower-right corner until the cursor changes to a line with two arrows, and then drag the window.

Use the full screen option if there is one available. A computer program, a picture or video that is displayed on a web page can be viewed in full screen by selecting full screen mode from the context menu using the right mouse button.


Select the resolution that is comfortable and easy on the eyes first, and then stretch the screen if needed.


The screen size may reset if the resolution is changed or the computer crashes.