help setting up appearance with new pc

  elbecko 02:04 07 Dec 2010

my old pc died a couple of wks ago, and today i've finally replaced it with a brand new one.

the trouble is that everything looks smaller on the screen then what i've been used to.
i run xp and opera btw.

i've gone into 'control panel' and 'appearance', settings', etc, and had a fiddle about but nothing seems to change.

the actual browser doesn't fill the screen completely, there are thick black lines on either side of it.

the control panel has very small writing, and the desktop icons are small too.
can someone help please? thanks

  ashdav 02:54 07 Dec 2010

Your new computer has better graphics than the old one (the resolution is higher).
Things look smaller but there is more detail.
To lower the resolution right click on the desktop and select properties.
Select settings and move the slider to the left by one setting at a time.
Click apply when you're happy with the way things look.
This click here will explain more.

  elbecko 04:09 07 Dec 2010

thank for that.

well i did what you said, and although the writing is now larger, there is still a thick black line on one side of the screen. that may be to do with the monitor i suppose?

some of the straight lines on the screen now have a curve in them!!!

  birdface 08:11 07 Dec 2010

If you had gone to display you could have altered the settings to medium or larger.
On PCA I have large black spaces going down each side of my screen.
It's just a PCA thing I do not get it with any other browser pages.
If you want things to look larger and you have a scroll wheel on your mouse just hold the Ctrl button down on the keyboard and turn the scroll wheel.
Or go to View where you can change the Text size and also use the zoom feature to make your screen bigger or smaller.

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