How to Turn Off Zoom Mode on a Vizio TV

Are you one of those poor souls with a Vizio TV that’s set to a certain zoom mode? Are you sick of people’s faces being super zoomed? Maybe you’re tired of having the tops and bottoms of your images cut off. This can be especially annoying when you’re watching monster movies like Jurassic Park and all the beasts’ heads are literally clipped off the top of the screen.

Luckily, there’s a standard solution where you can pick your zoom setting, and a lesser-used method which will also outline in this article. Try them both, and hopefully, your video image will start looking normal again.

Step 1 – Get a Picture on Your Screen

There are two reasons for this. The first is that if you don’t have a video playing while you adjust your settings, then you can’t be sure if you want/need/like the settings that you’ve picked.

The second reason is because your viewing source may be the one that changes your zoom setting. For example, you may set the zoom level to “Normal” when the screen is blank, and then turn on your satellite TV that auto-sets your zoom level to widescreen.

Step 2 – Press the Menu Button

There’s a “Menu” button near the top right on your remote. Press it and use the arrow buttons and the “OK” button to select the “Wide” option.

Know Your Remote

This takes you to the menu where you may choose your zoom setting. There are four zoom settings to choose from.

Step 3 – Select the Normal Zoom Setting

Use the arrow buttons to navigate to the option that says, “Normal.” Press the “OK” button to select it. This will turn your TV back to “Normal,” which turns off the zoom setting.

What Are the Four Zoom Settings?

What does each of the settings mean? Why does the panoramic setting do the same as the widescreen setting? Here’s an explanation of all four settings.

Normal

The Vizio HDTV has four zoom settings. You can alter how your TV divides on your screen with these settings. Your default setting should be set to “Normal,”– when your TV is set to its default mode and no form of zooming is active.

Wide

You can set your Vizio TV to “Wide.” This will stretch your TV image so it takes up the whole screen. If there are black bars on the left and right, then these will disappear and be taken up by your TV image. If the black bars weren’t already there, then your TV may already be at its widescreen setting because it was enabled by the video source (i.e. you were receiving a widescreen video so your TV displayed it as widescreen).

Zoom

There’s a “Zoom” setting, which removes any black bars. This may be handy if you’re watching an old episode of The Simpsons, but sometimes it cuts off part of the screen. For example, if it removes black bars from the left and right, but it also snips part of the picture from the top and bottom.

Panoramic

There’s a “Panoramic” setting. This will zoom in on any non-HD content. It will remove any black bars that are present on the screen. If you find that the picture you’re seeing is blurry, or simply zoomed in too far, then change your screen back to zoomed out or “Normal” and hopefully, this will solve the problem. However, do remember that if you’re watching streamed videos, then the streaming may be the problem and not the zoom setting.

In searching for a solution, try to avoid the factory reset. It doesn’t just turn off your zoom mode, it also undoes all the other settings you have input.

Factory Reset

For example, it will undo all the color, temperature, and size settings that you’ve saved. It will also undo all the names you set for your input sources. You may even have to go through the startup settings pages again if you do a factory reset, so try to avoid it.

Still Having Trouble?

If you’ve tried the solution on this article and you’re still having trouble, then you may have to consider a factory reset, but this is only in extreme circumstances. The problem may be an accessibility issue. You may have turned on accessibility mode by accident because it has its own zoom mode. If this is the case, go to “Menu” and “System” and Accessibility” and then select “Zoom Mode” and turn it off.

Were you one of those people whose TV was stuck in zoom mode? Did this solution help? Did you find your own solution? Let us know in the comments section below.

5 thoughts on “How to Turn Off Zoom Mode on a Vizio TV”

Avatar Aurianna says:
Thanks so much it was in system under accessibility. I had begun hating my tv. lol
Avatar Eva says:
Hello! the very last thing in the article helped me. the menu – settings – accessibility- zoom off? thank you so much. half the other bottoms I don’t even have on my tv? thank you I was freakin
Avatar Savannah says:
So, for me it wasn’t the Vizio tv with the remote… it was my cable remote.i noticed on the top where the info pops up for the channel that it said “stretch.” After a year, I finally figured it out.
Avatar K says:
Thank you so much. The Vizio operating instructions leave a lot to be desired.
Avatar Debbie says:
On the Vizio Smart TV’S from 2019 the way to take off the zoom is to press the – (dash) on the remote and then press 0 (zero). That is the. Only way to take off the zoom I discovered. I thought it might be helpful to someone. Thank you for your time.

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