Set screen at full view for games


November 27, 2003|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

When I run game programs on my Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop, they fill just part of the screen display, about a 7-by-5-inch rectangle. How can I set things up so that the game programs will fill the whole 14.1-inch screen? I've tried changing the pixel dimensions in the Display/Settings/Screen area but that doesn't help.

As you've found, the solution doesn't always lie with going to the screen resolution settings tab after right-clicking on the desktop and picking Properties. This is because most Windows computers don't permit settings as low as required for many games - resolutions of 640 by 480 pixels. Yours probably doesn't get any smaller than 800 by 600 pixels.

Here's the fix:

The later versions of Windows create a compatibility setting for games that allow users to set the size of the display to a screen-filling 640 by 480 pixels rather than the settings used for ordinary work.

For Windows-based software, find the game's icon and give it a right-click and pick Properties in the pop-up menu that appears. Now click on the Compatibility tab and check the box to order the display to be at the game standard of 640 by 480.

Folks with older DOS-based games also right-click on the icon and pick Properties. But DOS games present a Screen tab. Pick Full Screen from it. The game will do just that, and if you want to return to the regular screens use Alt + Enter to toggle between the displays.

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