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Old 08-15-2016, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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So yesterday I was looking at laptops and noticed that virtually all of the good laptops, unfortunately, have a 4K resolution screen. I'm sorry, but this is overkill. Everything on the screen is SO TINY! I use Excel daily, and I couldn't believe how small the cells were. Even in the file explorer, all the folders and text are so tiny. Is there any way to remedy this?! I tried changing the resolution to a lower resolution, but it looks horrible, because it doesn't fit the native screen resolution. Do they make ANY 1080p screens on a medium/high end laptop these days? I don't want to be constantly squinting.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:12 PM
 
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Back around 10 years ago, screen sizes were just about right at 1920 x 1200, like on my 2006 17" Dell E1705.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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The one in between full HD and UHD (4k) is WQHD which is 2560 x 1440. That is what I have for my computer monitor and it is perfect in a 28" monitor.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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So yesterday I was looking at laptops and noticed that virtually all of the good laptops, unfortunately, have a 4K resolution screen. I'm sorry, but this is overkill. Everything on the screen is SO TINY! I use Excel daily, and I couldn't believe how small the cells were. Even in the file explorer, all the folders and text are so tiny. Is there any way to remedy this?! I tried changing the resolution to a lower resolution, but it looks horrible, because it doesn't fit the native screen resolution. Do they make ANY 1080p screens on a medium/high end laptop these days? I don't want to be constantly squinting.
You have bad vision and need to make the icons bigger???

Why can't you just go to your display setting and increase the size?
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:51 PM
 
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Last time I checked, about 20 seconds ago, W10 has a setting to increase the size of things. You may not realize that current versions of Excel have a slider in the lower right corner for sizing the display too. Just checked that also.

W10 has been known for scaling issues in the early months. Many complaints like yours but those days seem to be behind us, at least for those of us who know how to tweak the settings.

It's sad that a retailer would not properly set a new machine up for demo purposes, unless another prior customer mucked them up. But your problem is easily fixed.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Last time I checked, about 20 seconds ago, W10 has a setting to increase the size of things. You may not realize that current versions of Excel have a slider in the lower right corner for sizing the display too. Just checked that also.

W10 has been known for scaling issues in the early months. Many complaints like yours but those days seem to be behind us, at least for those of us who know how to tweak the settings.

It's sad that a retailer would not properly set a new machine up for demo purposes, unless another prior customer mucked them up. But your problem is easily fixed.
I shouldn't have to adjust the zoom level in Excel though...that's ridiculous. Now, if W10 has a setting that allows me to make the size of things larger, that would be good. I just hate thing looking so tiny on a high resolution display. My current laptop screen in 768p. I feel like 1080p would be ideal, but absolutely no higher than that, because even 1080p makes things appear small.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:18 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I shouldn't have to adjust the zoom level in Excel though...that's ridiculous.
Why is that ridiculous? I use Excel all day at my job. I constantly zoom in and out depending on how much or how little I need to see.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Why is that ridiculous? I use Excel all day at my job. I constantly zoom in and out depending on how much or how little I need to see.
Right, but my point is....with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. I don't want to have to be zooming in and out all the time just to see stuff. That's absurd. I rarely ever have to do that at home or at work. They should design screen resolutions and apps so that the default zoom level is very easy to read things without having to squint or zoom in.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:08 AM
 
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Type "size" into the search box, there is global setting for scaling things up. There may also be options for this in the panel for your graphics card.

Since you are sitting so close to the screen 4K can make difference as long as the screen size is about 10 inches or bigger and the source is capable. Images for example, 1080 can only display the full detail of an image about 2MP or less.

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Old 08-16-2016, 12:47 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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So yesterday I was looking at laptops and noticed that virtually all of the good laptops, unfortunately, have a 4K resolution screen. I'm sorry, but this is overkill. Everything on the screen is SO TINY! I use Excel daily, and I couldn't believe how small the cells were. Even in the file explorer, all the folders and text are so tiny. Is there any way to remedy this?! I tried changing the resolution to a lower resolution, but it looks horrible, because it doesn't fit the native screen resolution. Do they make ANY 1080p screens on a medium/high end laptop these days? I don't want to be constantly squinting.
Not sure what your definition of a "good laptop" or a "medium/highend laptop"is, but there are many many that are only 1080p:

$1700 Dell XPS-- XPS 15 9550 High Performance Laptop | Dell

The new $1200 HP Spectre -- HP Spectre laptops | HP® Official Store
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