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I have a laptop with 16:9 screen ration. Sometimes I need to attach it to a projector via VGA. The projector ratio is 4:3.

I use System Settings->Hardware->Display and Monitor->Size & Orientation to enable the VGA connection and set it's resolution. The problem is that all the resolutions for the VGA are 4:3, while the resolution for the laptop's screen is 1600x900(which is 16:9). That means that whatever resolution I pick, either the image on the projector is cut, the image on the local screen is cut, or both.

Is there a way to force crop the local screen to 4:3? Ofcourse, I want the sides of the screens to be blank, not the to crop the image itself.

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