After upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04, some users have reported an issue where their display appears zoomed in. This can be a frustrating problem, but fortunately, there are several possible solutions that can help fix this issue. In this article, we will walk you through these solutions step-by-step.
Solution 1: Disable Zoom in Universal Access Settings
The first and most straightforward solution is to check your Universal Access settings.
- Open the
Settingsapplication from your applications menu.
- Navigate to the
- Look for the
Zoomoption and ensure it is disabled.
If the Zoom option was enabled, disabling it should resolve your issue. If it was already disabled or disabling it did not fix the problem, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 2: Install or Update Graphics Drivers
The zoomed display issue can sometimes be caused by outdated or incompatible graphics drivers. To check your graphics drivers:
Software & Updatesfrom your applications menu.
- Navigate to the
- Here, you will see a list of proprietary drivers for your hardware. Look for the graphics driver that corresponds to your graphics card. For example, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, look for the NVIDIA driver.
- Select the driver and click
After installing the driver, reboot your computer. If your display is still zoomed in, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 3: Adjust Resolution and Display Scaling
Another possible solution is to adjust your display settings. This can be done through the
Displays settings in your
- Open the
- Navigate to the
- Check if your resolution is set to the highest available option. If it is not, set it to the highest option.
- If your resolution is already at the highest option, try adjusting the
Scalesetting. This setting adjusts the size of text and windows. A lower scale setting will make everything smaller, which can help if your display is zoomed in.
If adjusting your display settings did not fix the problem, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 4: Update Monitor Configuration
If you have recently connected a new external monitor to your computer, it might not be detected properly, leading to a zoomed display. You can update your monitor configuration using the
- Open a terminal by pressing
xrandr --autoand press
xrandr --auto command automatically sets the best resolution for all connected displays. If your display is still zoomed in after running this command, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 5: Check GPU Driver Compatibility
If none of the above solutions worked, the problem might be with your GPU driver. You can check for the required drivers for your GPU using the
ubuntu-drivers devices command.
- Open a terminal.
ubuntu-drivers devicesand press
- Look for the line that says
driver : nvidia-xxx. The
xxxis the version of the NVIDIA driver that is recommended for your GPU.
- Install the recommended driver by typing
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstallor
sudo apt install nvidia-xxx(replace “xxx” with the driver version) and pressing
After installing the driver, reboot your computer.
These are the most common solutions to the zoomed display issue after upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04. If none of these solutions worked for you, consider seeking further assistance from the Ubuntu community or relevant forums and support channels. Remember, the specific solution may vary depending on the specific hardware and software configuration of your system.
To open the Settings application, you can either click on the Applications menu in the top left corner of your screen and search for "Settings" or use the keyboard shortcut
Super (also known as the Windows key) and type "Settings" to search for and open the application.
To adjust the resolution and display scaling settings, open the Settings application, navigate to the Displays tab, and you will find options to change the resolution and adjust the scale setting. If your resolution is already set to the highest available option, you can try adjusting the scale setting to make everything smaller.
If none of the solutions mentioned in the article fixed the zoomed display issue, you can consider seeking further assistance from the Ubuntu community or relevant forums and support channels. They may be able to provide more specific guidance based on your hardware and software configuration.
To open a terminal in Ubuntu 18.04, you can use the keyboard shortcut
Ctrl+Alt+T. This will open a new terminal window where you can enter commands and execute them.
To check your GPU driver compatibility, open a terminal and type
ubuntu-drivers devices. This command will display a list of available drivers for your GPU. Look for the recommended driver version for your GPU and install it using the
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall or
sudo apt install nvidia-xxx command (replace "xxx" with the driver version).