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How and Why to Scale Your Screen Size

Different screen sizes can be a headache. If you have reading glasses or you’ve been staring at your screen since 8 o’clock this morning, that can be more literal than you’d like. Make sure your business devices are customized both for your easy use and for communal screen sharing. Here’s how to do it across multiple operating systems:

How and Why to Scale Your Screen Size

Why would you want to scale your screen instead of just zooming in?

Zooming in changes the viewability of your active program, and only in part. If you are in a browser, zooming in changes the webpage size. If you are in a program like Word or Excel, the document zooms in. But in both case, the menu and navigation options stay the same size. Your computer tools, like your Start menu and folders, also stay small and hard to read. Scaling makes everything larger. Even better, it does so while keeping everything proportional and well-formatted so things don’t grow off the side of the screen.

Scaling Windows computers:

Not everyone is a fan of Windows 10, but one of the improvements is in how easily you can access personalization settings. Right click on your desktop, mouse over Display Settings, and click. Scaling, resolution, and more are right there without any more clicking or scrolling. It also takes you straight to screen sharing, so you can scale your computer right before making a presentation and then scale it back to your preferred setting.

Changing the scale on a Mac:

A Mac (as opposed to other Apple devices) has pretty much the same pathway. If you navigate from System Preferences to Displays and the specific Display page, you can alter the scale.

Tablets and smartphones don’t offer quite the same options. Usually, they have an alternative function or different zooming features. While these can make everything larger, they don’t keep everything in scale and can occasionally make formatting a little inconvenient.

Making changes across multiple operating systems can be difficult, even when it’s just changing your preferred settings. It gets even trickier when it comes to system updates, security programs, and syncing. Go to PC Geeks for tips and equipment.