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Windows 7: Why Has Font Size Changed When Viewing A Certain Forum Website?

24 Mar 2013   #1

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Why Has Font Size Changed When Viewing A Certain Forum Website?

Something strange has happened when viewing a forum that I regularly visit (www.diynot.com). For some reason, it has started viewing it differently, ie. the font size is smaller. The font size on the normal threads of this site are a little smaller, but on the search function and search results, it's miniscule. The font size could be smaller on other sites, it's just that I use DIYnot a lot, so quite noticeable. The browser is IE8.

I've tried changing the text size in 'Appearance And Personalisation', but then everything looks odd going from the normal 100% setting up to 125%.

Why would my pc suddenly start viewing this site differently? I have asked other users on the site, but they haven't seen any changes. I have noticed other small detail changes - non important stuff, like detailing on the site that wasn't there the day before, eg. dark framing suddenly appeared around post title and message on the post a reply page - see arrows on image below -



It's like my pc is suddenly interpreting the site differently. One thing that may be responsible, is the same day all this happened, my pc had a lot of application updates that I had to restart the pc after they were received. I wonder if this has changed something.

With this in mind, I wonder if it is worth doing a system restore to a couple of days before the application updates and the problems started? Is it a good idea, or will it cause other problems?

It's only a small thing, but annoying and strains the eyes. Any advice gratefully received.

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24 Mar 2013   #2

 

I think this may have been caused by accidentally zooming out. So I recommend that, while you are on www.diynot.com, press Ctrl+0. This is the keyboard shortcut to reset the zoom level back to 100%.

You see, zooming can be done accidentally by scrolling with your mouse wheel while holding down the Ctrl key. Worse yet, it might be remembering the zoom level for that site only while using 100% for the rest.
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24 Mar 2013   #3

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Thanks for your reply Twocables. I have tried changing between 100% and 125%. Using the site at 100% (the setting that I have always been set at) gives the problem I am experiencing, ie. text smaller than before and strains eyes. Don't know why it has reduced in size on 100% overnight.

Changing to 125% makes the text bigger than it was originally, but you get a reduction in graphic quality - things are a little blurred. Can't understand the sudden change.

Would I be doing any harm in using a restore point a day or two before the problem, in case something has happened with my pc? Will it do any harm to try?
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24 Mar 2013   #4

Win7 Pro SP1 64
 
 

No it won't harm anything.
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24 Mar 2013   #5

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Thanks for your reply Twocables. I have tried changing between 100% and 125%. Using the site at 100% (the setting that I have always been set at) gives the problem I am experiencing, ie. text smaller than before and strains eyes. Don't know why it has reduced in size on 100% overnight.

Changing to 125% makes the text bigger than it was originally, but you get a reduction in graphic quality - things are a little blurred. Can't understand the sudden change.

Would I be doing any harm in using a restore point a day or two before the problem, in case something has happened with my pc? Will it do any harm to try?
Did you press Ctrl+0 while looking at the site?
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25 Mar 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Thanks for your reply Twocables. I have tried changing between 100% and 125%. Using the site at 100% (the setting that I have always been set at) gives the problem I am experiencing, ie. text smaller than before and strains eyes. Don't know why it has reduced in size on 100% overnight.

Changing to 125% makes the text bigger than it was originally, but you get a reduction in graphic quality - things are a little blurred. Can't understand the sudden change.

Would I be doing any harm in using a restore point a day or two before the problem, in case something has happened with my pc? Will it do any harm to try?
Did you press Ctrl+0 while looking at the site?
Thanks for your reply.

Yes. If there is 100% in bottom right of screen, nothing happens. If I change it to 125% (Ctrl and +), then pressing Ctrl and 0 just reduces zoom from 125% to 100%.

Thanks to Gary too.
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25 Mar 2013   #7

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Fixed it.

Did a system restore to 5 days ago. Think it may have had something to do with a load of application updates on Saturday. After, it asked me if I wanted to restart now, or in x mins time. I set it for 60 mins time, but when it reminded me in an hour's time I was still busy.

So I told it to remind me in another hour, but either it didn't, or I missed it - so the application update restart might never have happened. Wonder if this was the reason?
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26 Mar 2013   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Fixed it.

Did a system restore to 5 days ago. Think it may have had something to do with a load of application updates on Saturday. After, it asked me if I wanted to restart now, or in x mins time. I set it for 60 mins time, but when it reminded me in an hour's time I was still busy.

So I told it to remind me in another hour, but either it didn't, or I missed it - so the application update restart might never have happened. Wonder if this was the reason?
Maybe, maybe not. Did you ever perform a proper Shut Down in between the time of the installation of the updates on Saturday and the time you performed a system restore just now? Performing a proper Shut Down and then turning the computer back on is the same as restarting, only it's slower because the computer is off in between.
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26 Mar 2013   #9

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Yes, I probably shut down after using my pc a couple of times. Probably not the reason.

Just clutching at straws to find some explaination. We'll probably never know the reason, but everything is now normal. There were other small changes to graphic details on other programmes, etc. It's as if my pc started making minor detail changes to graphics and fonts when interpreting websites and some programmes.

Computers are sometimes weird, and I don't really, fully understand them.

Thanks for your help.
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26 Mar 2013   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Yes, I probably shut down after using my pc a couple of times. Probably not the reason.

Just clutching at straws to find some explaination. We'll probably never know the reason, but everything is now normal. There were other small changes to graphic details on other programmes, etc. It's as if my pc started making minor detail changes to graphics and fonts when interpreting websites and some programmes.

Computers are sometimes weird, and I don't really, fully understand them.

Thanks for your help.
You're welcome. Post again in this thread if you have new issues that are similar!
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