Solved! laptop connected by hdmi to tv but video only plays in a tiny window when maximised. Why?

Aug 4, 2020
when i connect my 4th gen i5 laptop to my tv using hdmi connection i can see the mirror image of the windows 10 interface but when i play video from my external hard drive i can only see it in a very small window on the wont maximise any larger than that. can anyone tell me how to get it to be full screen.
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