Fixing the problem of Extra-large Icons and Fonts in Windows XP

If you have been using Windows XP, then you might have come upon this problem quite often – your icons, fonts, and everything on the screen suddenly becomes extra large in size. And you do not know what to do. Typically, this snag shows up after some kind of major system change has been affected. However, even if it might look quite serious at the start – it has a simple solution. This article will tell you how to go about fixing this problem of extra large icons and fonts.

Whatever be the root cause of the problem – the fact that your screen shows icons and fonts in large size is due to changes made to the screen resolution. And, this can be solved easily.

All you have to do is follow the steps given below – and you’re done.

  1. Open the Control Panel window by navigating to Start -> Control Panel.
  2. If you have the default Category View on, then click on the tab that says Switch to Classic View on the left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Double-click on the icon that says Display.
  4. In the Display Properties window that comes up, go to the Settings tab.
  5. In the Settings tab, toward the bottom, under the heading Screen resolution, your current screen resolution will be shown to be somewhere around 800 by 600 pixels (given the problem). Slide the bar toward More to make the screen resolution 1280 by 1024 pixels.
  6. Click on Apply.
  7. A warning dialog pops up saying that ‘the desktop has been reconfigured’, and it will revert back to the original settings in [number] seconds. Click on Yes.
  8. Exit the Display Properties window – and then exit the Control Panel.

Your problem should be fixed by now. Moreover, a system restart is advised after making this crucial change to your PC.


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