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Force smaller desktop size in Windows XP

I've got a decent old laptop running XP that I would like to use as a test pc for various reasons.  The only problem with the laptop is that is has a bout a 2 inch dead stripe on the far right of the screen.  Is there a way to force Windows XP to only use the left 75% of the screen?
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bretthonn13
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aadi369Commented:
no....u need to repair your screen
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bretthonn13Author Commented:
I realized repairing the screen would be the best fix but the laptop is not worth spending even $50 on so that's why I asked the question.
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Guru JiCommented:
right click on the desktop , choose properties , choose setting on screen resolution u can customize it less or more so that u can accomplish the setting you need for your screen.
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bretthonn13Author Commented:
write2mohit, it's not a screen resolution issue, it's the size of the display issue.   Let's say my laptop screen is 14" wide.  There is a stripe that is 2 " wide down the right side so I want Windows XP to show up as only 12" wide.  I don't want XP to try to use the right most part of the screen at all.  Might not be possible on a laptop....
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GeisrudCommented:
At best (although I doubt it is possible on a laptop), you might be able to reposition the display (usually possible on an external display) - effectively moving it over two inches to the left.  However, then you would be missing the left side of the screen.

I would recommend an external display if you insist on using that laptop as is.
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Guru JiCommented:
bretthonn13, I know its not the screen resolution issue, but what you asking is only possible by adjusting your screen resolution, there is no other way to see only 12" wide screen other ways.

But by adjusting your resolution there might be a resolution you can set which will help to achieve what u requested.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you will have to go to a third party tool i.e. fences to try and restrict what is displayed to your new visible area.. There is no native way for windows to restrict the screen size.
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