Issues with Display Zoom (Windows)

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The scope of the article is to help understand why a Windows computer monitor is zoomed in and cannot be zoomed out. It can make apps appear blurry or abnormally large, making it tough to work.

Note: If you have two monitors and only one of the displays is affected, dragging a window or app on the good monitor corrects the zoom.

Monitor Zoom Troubleshooting

Before moving forward, please ensure the zoom function on your desktop is set to a reasonable percentage (for example, 100%) in your display settings.

  • You can use CTRL + Mouse to scroll the wheel to zoom in and out or select icons to use this function to make them appear large or small.
  • If this does not fix the issue, please unplug the monitor, wait several seconds, and plug it back in.

If the above options do not seem to fix the issue, make sure the driver for the monitor is up to date. The most common cause of this issue is an outdated monitor driver. To do this, follow the below instructions:

  • Navigate to Control Panel > Device Manager > Monitors.

Windows home screen with control panel searched in the search bar.

  • Select the monitor that is facing the issue. 

Device manager window under control panel with all the devices listed including monitors.

Note: Please update all the display drivers.
  • Right-click the monitor you want to update and select Update Driver. This will open a new window asking if you want to search automatically for the driver or use a driver on the computer.

Dialog box showing the properties of the selected monitor with tabs including update driver.

  • Unless the user has the exact driver from a technician, it is best to search automatically if the computer has a network connection. The driver will automatically be updated and give you a new message when the download is complete. The effects should be seen immediately, but you may need to restart your machine in some cases.

Update drivers dialog box with option to either search automatically or browse my computer for drivers.

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