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Start Screen has shrunk

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Start Screen has shrunk


    Hello folks, I seem to have a problem and I don't quite know how to fix it. You see after I play a game, no matter what game it is when I quit it my start screen looks like this.



    As you can see I'm in quite a pickle, I want to start editing my start screen but I can't and it has nothing to do with the Start Screen wallpaper change because it was doing this before I even used the start screen customizer.

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That's better.

    Can you make it smaller, say about a third of the size it is now?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    No I have no say in what size it is and it is bugging the living daylights out of me.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello TaylorSwift. Welcome to EightForums.

    One option would be to (if not already done),
    go to the desktop, and check your screen resolution and refresh rates.

    Win + X > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Adjust screen resolution.

    Screen Resolution - Set for Displays in Windows 8

    Also, you could sign out (log off), then go back in.


    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorSwift View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That's better. Can you make it smaller, say about a third of the size it is now?
    No I have no say in what size it is and it is bugging the living daylights out of me.
    I think he was making a

    Let us know how you are doing.

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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorSwift View Post
    Hello folks, I seem to have a problem and I don't quite know how to fix it. You see after I play a game, no matter what game it is when I quit it my start screen looks like this. As you can see I'm in quite a pickle, I want to start editing my start screen but I can't and it has nothing to do with the Start Screen wallpaper change because it was doing this before I even used the start screen customizer.
    What does your start screen look like after booting before any games?

    Are you referring to a metro game or a desktop game?
    Can you name one, so that we could help you find the problem.
    You said all, ("no matter what game") when you return from any game, the start screen shrinks?
    Is it restored after turning on your computer in the morning?

    Could you post a screenshot of the problem without the start screen customizer?
    Does it help to sign out then back in? Is your start screen always shrunken?
    Has your start screen ever worked? There are no tiles pinned yet.
    You say "I want to start editing my start screen."
    Did you unpin all the tiles from your start screen?
    Last edited by mdmd; 27 Apr 2013 at 21:06. Reason: requesting details
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8


    Sorry for the delay, I was referring to a desktop game. When I first boot up the computer everything is fine it is only when I quit ANY game that the resolution on the metro screen shrinks. The games I mainly play are San Andreas, Victoria II and Football Manager.

    I don't have any pinned tiles because I'm looking around for 256 x 256 icons for all the programs and yes my start screen works.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Does the same effect occur if tiles are pinned? Let's say, pin your desktop tile, and other metro apps or anything else like the file explorer, my computer, control panel or task manager. Does everything shrink?

    Do your pinned tiles shrink?
    Can you post a screenshot of tiles on the shrunken start screen?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    I just went through the process of installing steam, and Football Manager demo.
    (quite a complicated game )


    Seems to be working ok... will continue to investigate. Perhaps a regular gamer will help as well.
    Do you have this?

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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Do you have the latest version of steam installed? Does your desktop steam control panel look like this?

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