How do I get rid of the black bars on the sides of my screen?

Last Update date : 2017.10.19

When set to the 4:3 picture size, wide screen TVs typically have black space or bars to the left and right of the picture.

 

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To remove the black bars, you have to change the picture size by:

 

●    If the remote has a P. Size button, press the P. Size (Picture Size) button on the remote successively to cycle through the picture sizes the television can display P.Size

 

●    Accessing the size menu through the TV screen and changing the size there. Refer to the User’s manual under the section Changing the Screen Size for instructions.

 

 

Note:

 

●  If the TV is attached to a set-top-box, you may be able to eliminate the bars by changing the output resolution of the set-top-box.
●  In many cases, the cable or over-the-air TV network station is broadcasting the program or the movie you are watching in a format that includes the bars. If this is the case, you cannot eliminate them.

●  Samsung TVs display black bars only. If you see gray bars, they are being transmitted by the source of the picture, for example, a set-top-box. If you want to remove the gray bars, you must change the picture size or aspect ratio on the source.

 

 

 

Most Samsung TVs have the following picture sizes available:

 

 

 

 

●    Standard or 4:3 – 4:3 displays the square standard TV picture. If you choose 4:3 on a wide screen TV, the picture will have black bars on the left and right.

 

Warning: Do not leave the TV in 4:3 mode for an extended period. The dark borders displayed on the left and right/top and bottom of the screen may cause image retention (screen burn). This is not covered by the warranty.

 

●   16:9 – 16:9 displays the picture in the wide screen, 16:9 format. 16:9 is the picture size used by HDTV.

 

●    Screen Fit – Displays the full image of a picture on the screen without any cutoff. Works only when the TV receives HDMI 720p, 1080i, or 1080p signals or DTV 1080i signals. Also known as 1:1 pixel mapping.

 

●    Zoom 1 – Magnifies the picture on the screen, but cuts off portions of the top and bottom, and left and right sides of the picture.

 

●    Zoom 2 – Magnifies the picture more than Zoom 1.

 

●    WideFit – WideFit enlarges the aspect ratio of the picture so that it fits the entire screen.

 

●    Smart View 1 - Reduces a 16:9 picture by 50%. This mode is only available for LED TVs and in HDMI mode.

 

●    Smart View 2 - Reduces a 16:9 picture by 25%. This mode is only available for LED TVs and in HDMI or DTV mode.

 

 

 

2008 and older models may contain these renamed picture sizes:

 

●    JustScan – Displays the full image of a picture on the screen without any cutoff. Works only when the TV receives HDMI 720p, 1080i, or 1080p signals or DTV 1080i signals. Also known as 1:1 pixel mapping.

 

●    WideFit – WideFit enlarges the aspect ratio of the picture so that it fits the entire screen.

 

●    Panorama – Panorama modifies standard, 4:3 signals so that they fit better on wide screen TVs. Panorama does not work with 480p, 720p, or 1080i signals.

 

 

NOTE: Not all sizes are available in all picture modes. If you are watching a standard, analog channel, you may only be able to select the Standard and Panorama picture sizes.

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