How do I fix Overscaling my computer?

Answered by John Hunt

To fix overscaling on your computer, there are several steps you can take. I’ll walk you through them in detail, starting with the quickest and easiest solutions.

1. Disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable: Sometimes, a simple disconnection and reconnection of the HDMI cable can resolve overscaling issues. Unplug the cable from both your computer and the display, wait a few seconds, and then reconnect it firmly. This can help establish a better connection and may fix the overscaling problem.

2. Adjust your TV’s display settings: If you’re using your computer with a TV as your display, you can try adjusting the TV’s display settings. Most TVs have options to adjust the aspect ratio, zoom, or picture size. Access the TV’s menu and look for these display settings. Try selecting the “Just Scan” or “Screen Fit” option to ensure the image is displayed without overscaling.

3. Change the Windows 10 screen resolution: Right-click on your desktop and select “Display settings” from the context menu. In the Display settings window, scroll down to the “Resolution” section and try selecting a different resolution that matches your display’s native resolution. Experiment with different resolutions until you find the one that eliminates overscaling.

4. Use Windows 10 display scaling: If changing the screen resolution doesn’t fix the overscaling, you can try adjusting the display scaling settings in Windows 10. Go back to the Display settings window and scroll down to the “Scale and layout” section. Here, you can adjust the scaling percentage to make items appear larger or smaller on your screen. Decreasing the scaling percentage may help combat overscaling issues.

5. Manually adjust your monitor’s display settings: If your monitor has built-in controls, you can try manually adjusting its display settings to fix overscaling. Look for buttons on the monitor or a menu button that allows you to access the on-screen display settings. Navigate through the options and find settings related to aspect ratio, zoom, or scaling. Experiment with these settings until you find the configuration that eliminates overscaling.

6. Update Windows 10: Outdated software can sometimes cause display issues, including overscaling. Make sure your Windows 10 is up to date by going to Settings, selecting “Update & Security,” and clicking on “Windows Update.” Check for any available updates and install them if necessary. Updating your operating system can often resolve bugs and conflicts that may be causing overscaling.

7. Update your drivers: Outdated graphics drivers can also contribute to overscaling problems. Visit the website of your graphics card manufacturer and look for the latest drivers for your specific model. Download and install the updated drivers, then restart your computer. This can help ensure that your graphics card is properly optimized for your display and may fix overscaling issues.

Fixing overscaling on your computer involves a combination of troubleshooting steps, including adjusting display settings, changing screen resolution, updating your system and drivers, and utilizing the built-in controls of your display device. Remember to try the easiest solutions first, and if the problem persists, gradually move to more advanced troubleshooting steps.