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Q. I was doing email stuff and searching the internet when all of a sudden everything got much smaller - even the icons on the desktop. Info in the bars at top and bottom are much smaller, as well as the info in the drop down menus. Even web pages are condensed.  How do I restore to print that I can see easily?

Dell Dimension 4700 with Windows XP sp2

A. It sounds like the resolution of your machine changed.  Certain programs can change the resolution "for you", but they normally change it back when they exit and I have not heard of a web site being able to do it before.

To change the resolution, right-click anywhere on the desktop (not on an icon) and select the "Properties" option. Click to the "Settings" tab and drag the slider in the "Screen resolution" section to the left to select a smaller resolution, which will make everything appear larger.  Click the "Apply" button and you will probably see a prompt asking you to confirm that you can see your screen still.  If so, click the "Yes" button.

If your screen goes completely black, do not panic, in about 15 seconds it will come back.  If it does that, it means that the value you selected is not supported by your monitor, select a different resolution and try again.  Keep trying this until you find the resolution you prefer.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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