How to Fix Screen Images on my Computer

by Tricia Goss

Sometimes the images on your computer screen may not look quite right. Your screen images may appear upside-down, stretched, too small or too large. Fortunately, the solutions to these monitor problems are usually simple and straightforward, no matter the cause. The manner in which you fix your screen images depends on the version of Windows you are using.

Fix upside down screen images. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, press and hold the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys. Press the "Down Arrow" key. If you are using Windows XP, right-click a blank area of the desktop and select "Properties." Go to the "Settings" tab and click the "Advanced" button. Go to the "Intel Extreme Graphics" tab and select "Graphics Properties." Click "Display Settings" and clear the "Enable Rotation" check box. Click "Apply."

Change the size of images on your computer. Right-click the desktop. Select "Properties" in Windows XP. Select "Personalization" in Windows Vista or 7. Move the "Screen Resolution" slider to make the icons and images larger or smaller.

Update your monitor's drivers. When drivers are outdated you may experience problems with your display. Click "Start." Right-click "Computer" or "My Computer" and select "Manage." Click "Device Manager" in the left pane of the window. Click "Monitors" and double-click the name of your monitor. Go to the "Driver" tab and select "Update Driver." Allow Windows to search for available new drivers.

Fix flickering screen images by changing the monitor's refresh rate. Right-click the desktop. Select "Properties" in Windows XP or "Personalize" in Vista or 7. Go to "Settings" or "Display Settings." Click the "Advanced" button and go to "Monitor Settings." Move the refresh rate one increment higher and click "Apply."

Correct the color of images on your screen. Right-click the desktop. Select "Properties" in Windows XP or "Personalize" in Vista or 7. Go to "Settings" or "Display Settings." Change "Color Quality" or "Color" to "Highest (32 bit)." Click "OK."

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Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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