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I have a Nintendo Switch, connected to 4:3 LCD computer monitor (GNR TS702) via a DVI-D input and a cable. The picture displays fine, and fills the whole screen at 1280 x 1024, which I imagine means the Switch is outputting 1080p. However the Switch is sending out a widescreen image, which then looks stretched vertically on my screen. On a Wii / WiiU, you could change the settings on the device to match the screen ratio:

Wii Widescreen Settings

However, I cannot find any such setting on the Switch.

Does the switch try to ask the screen what ratio / size it is, or does it just not care and leave the monitor / TV to set itself appropriately?

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No, it doesn't seem so. It seems Nintendo imagined that people would only connect to 16:9 displays and did not add any options in the Switch display settings.

I have been having the same trouble for months. I have my switch hooked up to a 4:3 CRT TV via HDMI to RCA converter. It may be possible to find an adapter that can translate the image to show at a proper aspect.

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  • I'm going to accept your answer, because no-one has posted any other solution to this problem without involving additional hardware! I appreciate the time taken to share your experience. Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 16:06
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You will be able to manually adjust screen size by selecting System Settings (from the home menu screen)> TV Settings> Adjust Screen Size.

Sources:

How to Adjust the TV Settings - Nintendo Support

r/NintendoSwitch Subreddit

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    Sadly this does not affect the aspect ratio Commented Aug 29, 2020 at 20:25

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