I have a Dell S2716DG 1440p Monitor with G-Sync and a 1080 ti. It is running the latest Windows 10 Creators Update.

I noticed earlier today that the screen is not totally being used. There are about 20-40 pixels on the top, left, right, and about 10px on the bottom that are not used.

It looks like this (stackoverflow will not load the properly rotated photo):

space between screen 1

The resolution is set to native in Nvidia Experience, (2560x1440) but when I change the resolution, rather than making everything bigger but keeping the scale of the monitor, it actually uses less of the monitor itself.

Here's what that looks like:

larger space between screen

I have restored the monitor to factory settings and this did not resolve the issue.

I have reinstalled the Nvidia driver (v381.65). This did not work.

I have enabled "Resize the desktop" in the Nvidia Control Panel and the tool would not let me expand the screen beyond the bounds.

I have changed the Aspect Ratio in Nvidia Control Panel from Aspect Ratio (default) to Fullscreen, and then no scaling. These did not resolve the issue.

How do I fix this?

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    Do you have an option for underscan/overscan in the monitor itself? – plttn Apr 18 '17 at 17:37
  • Not that I'm aware of. I don't see something like that in the monitor settings. – DCIndieDev Apr 18 '17 at 17:47
  • Do you use HDMI or DVI to connect to monitor? I had a similar issue (with a Samsung FullHD), solved using DVI cable instead of HDMI. – AndrewQ Apr 18 '17 at 17:59
  • I'm using a Display Port cable – DCIndieDev Apr 18 '17 at 18:17
  • @DCIndieDev, consider the option of using another type of port and cable, to see if something changes, or ask Dell support. – AndrewQ Apr 18 '17 at 18:46

You may want to go to your NVIDIA Control Panel (for ATI users, it's the Catalyst Control Center) and look for an "overscan / underscan" slider. Then adjust until your image fits your screen.

  • I'm not seeing an overscan or underscan, but I did find "Adjust desktop size and position" which gives me the options of Aspect Ratio, Full Screen, or Scaling. None had an effect. I also found "Enable Desktop resizing" but the tool did not allow me to expand my monitor beyond the margins – DCIndieDev Apr 18 '17 at 18:21

To fix my issue, I had to change the Scaling setting under Adjust Desktop Size and Position in the Nvidia Control Panel from "Aspect Ratio" to "Full Screen".

After this, I could change the resolution in the Change Resolution section of the Control Panel properly.

Its possible that the Aspect ratio option would scale properly if given resolutions that scale 1:1 with my monitor resolution. Non-scaling resolutions would still present black space on the monitor.

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