How to Change the Format on a 42 Inch Insignia TV

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The 42 inch Insignia HDTV has a variety of different picture formats in which you can watch programming. These formats all match the various types of programming you will encounter as you flip around the dial. They change the shape of the image being displayed on screen to allow you to watch any show in either the way it was intended (using the correct aspect ratio) or a way that feels more comfortable to your eyes.

  • Turn on your Insignia TV 42 inch television set. Tune to a channel that has programming on it. Any channel will do, as long as it is displaying an image.

  • Press the "Format" button on your Insignia remote control to change the format of the image from "Auto" to "4x3." This takes any image and display it in a 4x3 aspect ratio (the aspect ratio of a standard definition television), no matter what its original aspect ratio actually was.

  • Press the "Format" button again to change the format of the image from "4x3" to "Zoom1." This takes an image that is wider than the aspect ratio of your Insignia television set and zooms in on it, removing the sides of the image and completely filling your TV screen.

  • Press the "Format" button again to change the format of the image from "Zoom1" to "Zoom2." This takes an image that is wider than the aspect ratio of your Insignia television set and zooms further in on it than the "Zoom1" format did, removing the sides of the image and part of the top of the image, allowing it to completely fill your TV screen.

  • Press the "Format" button again to change the format of the image from "Zoom2" to "16x9." This takes an image, no matter what its aspect ratio originally was, and stretches it horizontally to fill the 16x9 aspect ratio of your television. On high definition shows you won't notice a difference, but 4x3 ratio shows will be heavily distorted to fill the entire screen.

  • Press the "Format" button again to change the format of the image from "16x9" to "Auto." This allows your TV to analyze the video signal coming in and automatically change the picture format to display all of the visual content of the image, no matter the aspect ratio.

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