How to Increase Screen Size in QuickBooks

By David Roberts

Computers come with various screen and monitor sizes, but most installed software packages, including QuickBooks, can detect screen resolution and adjust the font size accordingly. A higher resolution results in the computer decreasing the size of the windows and contents to display more in a given space. Decreasing the resolution results in the computer increasing the size of windows, so you might have to scroll left or right to see some of the displayed information. Change your resolution settings based on the size of your computer screen.

Step 1

Open the QuickBooks program to your company file. Double-click on the QuickBooks icon on the desktop or on the Start menu. Enter your administrators name and password. When the Home screen opens, you are ready to increase the screen size of the QuickBooks software.

Step 2

Click on the "Edit" button in the top menu bar. Scroll down to the "Preferences" option and click. The "My Preferences" tab will be open. Locate the "Display" button in the lower left corner under the "Window Settings" label. This will open the "Display Properties" window.

Step 3

Note the options under the "Display" box. The first option will be the one for the screen resolution you are currently using. The other might be the default one that the QuickBooks software detected upon installation. If there is another option, try selecting that one and clicking the "OK" key. This will change the font sizes on the screen to coincide with any adjustments you might make using the "Display" window. Return to the QuickBooks display home screen and see if that increased the screen size. If it didn't, go back to the "Display Properties" screen.

Step 4

Locate the "Screen Resolution" slide under the "Display" box. Four different size adjustments are typically available on this slide. Moving the slide to the left decreases the resolution, which will increase the size of the windows being used to compensate for the loss in resolution. Moving the slide to the right will have the opposite effect. Be careful when you do this as increasing the resolution too much can result in the QuickBooks icons and images being eliminated from the display, leaving only the text menus.

Step 5

Adjust the slide to the right, increasing the size of the screen one position at a time. Click the "OK" button and view the QuickBooks window after making each adjustment. Decide whether to keep increasing the window size based on the appearance of the Home screen or whether to keep the size you have adjusted to. Once you have viewed the appearance, you will be prompted to either click "Yes" to accept the new settings or wait and the screen will revert to its original look.

Step 6

Click the "Start" button on the Windows desktop. Locate the "Settings" option and click the "Control Panel" option. Double click the "Display" icon and click. Note the "Settings" tab, and select a new Desktop area size. Then click "Ok." This option should only be used if the previous options directly in QuickBooks fail to generate the desired results. This option changes the size of each program displayed on your computer screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Changing the settings on resolution will affect the display of all programs on your computer, not just on QuickBooks software.