My Windows 7 rig has always been dual monitor since day one … in October 2009, within days of the official release of Windows 7.
It is an asymmetrical setup with two different size monitors, with different aspect ratios. [There is also a big difference in vintage. My smaller left-hand size monitor, a Gateway, is 7 or 8 years old.]
I don’t often see the ‘stretched’ desktop since I fire up applications as soon as Windows comes up. I sit there, with my finger on the mouse … waiting for the desktop to appear so I can get going.
Last Saturday, however, I got a chance to look at my desktop. It was a particularly nice desktop image and I stopped to admire it. Then I noticed something strange. Later on I took a screen shot, of both monitors, using Print Screen (Prt Scr), to share it with you — albeit with a different desktop image … but one that is as good to show the oddity.
So here is the screen shot (converted into a JPEG using Snipper — Prt Scr >> paste into PowerPoint >> re-size >>Snipper >> JPEG).
You should be able to tell which monitor is which. The ‘smaller’ left-hand one has the BLACK edging at the bottom. [I don’t see that. That is Prt Scr compensating for the two different screen sizes. You can also, if you look hard enough see the vertical desktop icons … marking the left-hand edge of the bigger, 24″, main monitor]
Anyway, look at the two desktops. Notice the ‘volcano’ puffing dark smoke you can see on my main monitor … to the right of the desktop icons. There is even a little red hill below it. Now look at the left-hand monitor. No volcano!
Basically the desktop image is CROPPED on the smaller monitor.
Not a big deal. Dual monitor works fine. I don’t know. I somehow didn’t think that Windows would CROP the desktop. So don’t panic. All is well. Just an oddity. As far as I know, I can’t change this. There is only one setting for the desktop and Windows 7 uses it for both monitors. If you have any thoughts let me know.
Thank you. Good luck.