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

Last modified : Sep 17. 2018

The black colour bands on the sides appear because of the differences between the aspect ratio of the incoming signal and the aspect ratio (screen size) of your TV. For example, your wide screen TV has an aspect ratio of 16:9, while the incoming signal has an aspect ratio of 4:3, the additional space will be covered by black bars.
Adjusting the aspect ratio of your TV (or connected external device such as a set-top-box) can resolve the issue of black bars showing on the left and right sides of the picture.


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


●   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.



●  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.

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