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    Centering Screen (XP Home)

    You've all been so helpful with my mom's computer, I hope you won't mind if I return to the source.

    Somehow, in all the excitement, my mom managed to shift the desktop screen over to the left an inch or so. There's now a black bar on the right side. We can't figure out what she did or how to undo it.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    Most probably, this is not a Windows setting, but a monitor setting. Take a look at the controls the monitor offers to adjust the image settings. Most monitors have a button that displays an on-screen menu superimposed on whatever was on the screen, and buttons for up/down and left/right. Look for Positioning, Horizontal, then press the 'right' button repeatedly until the inage is in the correct position. You may also have to adjust the width of the image.

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    I'll have her try that.

    The puzzling part is that as near as we can tell, she didn't open any of the monitor adjustment settings. She was just going to click on a desktop icon.

    (You should know that I've been helping her via remote control.)

    Thank you again for your invaluable help.

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    Hmm,

    She didn't accidentally change the screen resolution, did she? If she has an icon in the system tray (the right hand part of the Windows task bar) that allows quick resolution switching, that would only be two mouse clicks.

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    We checked the resolution and the setting was the same.

    Could changing the resolution shift the screen to one side?

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    Most monitors store size and position settings separately for each resolution. If you switch to a resolution that has never been used before, the image could be off-center. And I mean resolution in a broad sense here - changing color depth (256 colors / 65536 colors / millions of colors) and changing refresh frequency also may have this effect.

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    Re: Centering Screen (XP Home)

    And it's even possible that some program she was using could have done it without her realizing it. I've seen stranger things happen. I'd tell her not to worry about it - just follow Hans' advice to get the screen back in position and size.

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