How to Reduce the Size of the Display on a Monitor

by Serm Murmson
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Monitors come in all shapes and sizes to fit various display needs. However, you don't need a different monitor to accommodate different display sizes. If you need a smaller display resolution, you can change this from within Windows. If you reduce the size of your display, some of your monitor space will appear as a black frame around the display. If the reduced display size becomes uncomfortable or unnecessary, you can restore your monitor back to its maximum recommended resolution.

Step 1

Move the cursor to the upper right corner of the screen to open the Windows menu bar.

Step 2

Click Search and type "Display" into the Search field.

Step 3

Click "Settings" and then "Display." This will bring up the display settings configuration menu.

Step 4

Click "Adjust Resolution" and then click the "Resolution" drop-down menu.

Select a new resolution that fits your desired display size. Once you have found a reduced resolution that suits your needs, click "OK."


  • Some monitors have a menu that you can access by pressing buttons on the monitor itself. You may be able to reduce your display size in this menu. However, it can be a good idea to adjust the size in Windows in order to maximize software compatibility.


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About the Author

Serm Murmson is a writer, thinker, musician and many other things. He has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His concerns include such things as categories, language, descriptions, representation, criticism and labor. He has been writing professionally since 2008.

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