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Windows 7: How to make Control Panel's text bigger without using DPI settings?

18 Jun 2016   #11
Rookie2

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Yeah, but the minimum window size is still too big for the screen. Same with several other applications.


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21 Jun 2016   #12
Bongo

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I can create a custom theme and change the font size.

You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

What size of font do you want?

Let me know.
Jerry
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22 Jun 2016   #13
Rookie2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey, Thanks Bongo. I will try those methods.
In the green areas of my screenshots the font is Segoe UI 14 but I think I'd go for size 16 if nothing gets messed up.
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22 Jun 2016   #14
Bongo

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Give this a try, if it's to big let me know. Some Properties and Personalization text cannot be changed.

Download and extract the zip folder at the bottom of this post to your Desktop.

Put both the Segoe UI 16 theme folder and the Segoe UI 16.theme file in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
How to make Control Panel's text bigger without using DPI settings?-segoe-ui-16.pngHow to make Control Panel's text bigger without using DPI settings?-themes.png

It will show up under Installed Themes as Segoe UI 16 in Personalization.
How to make Control Panel's text bigger without using DPI settings?-personalization.png

Jerry


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File Type: zip Segoe UI 16.zip (1.57 MB, 1 views)
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23 Jun 2016   #15
Rookie2

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Well, it's pretty good. I noticed this uses some sort of retro grey theme. I don't mind it, but is it necessary?

Only in some parts does it seem to be too big:
- In the "address bar" of explorer and control panel windows (first screenshot green box)
- When you are on Computer on explorer, the system info that displays at the bottom (second screenshot bottom red box)
- On the taskbar when there are combined windows as in several explorer windows, when you click on the icon to see the list of opened windows.

There may be more more places where the text doesn't fit well but I've only noticed the above ones so far. We could try a size of 14 to see if things start to fit. If you want new screenshots, including a screenshot for the last item let me know

Additionally, control panel applets/dialogs don't get changed at all (e.g. still tiny text), like Folder Options dialog (third screenshot). Are these the properties you say cannot be changed?

Also, which method did you use to create this theme? The first link or the second link (see your second previous post) or some other method?

In any case, this is much better than what I was able to achieve on my own. Thank you.
I haven't used Universal Theme Patcher nor UxStyle Core Beta yet but they both seem to be for using already created themes. Can I not use these applications to make my custom themes from scratch or modify existing themes?
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24 Jun 2016   #16
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rookie2 View Post
I haven't used Universal Theme Patcher nor UxStyle Core Beta yet but they both seem to be for using already created themes. Can I not use these applications to make my custom themes from scratch or modify existing themes?
You need to do 1 of them so the theme will work right, that's why it's retro grey now. They are used just to be able to use custom themes.

I use https://www.vistastylebuilder.com/windows7.html to edit the .msstyles.

Jerry
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24 Jun 2016   #17
Rookie2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Still too big

I installed universal theme patcher and some things got partly better but some of the problems I saw before installing UTP still persist. I'll attach a screenshot of Folder Options and another one of Paint Save Dialog.

Notice that in folder options some lines don't fit horizontally including the "Restore defaults" button
And in Paint save dialog the name box in front of "File name" can't bee seen completely.

It's a bummer that the app you used to make this theme isn't free. Isn't there any alternative? if not, would you mind making the same theme with font size 14? also, can I modify the Segoe UI 16 theme you sent? as in disabling aero, disabling event sounds, etc and then re-saving it as Segoe UI 16?


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25 Jun 2016   #18
Bongo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rookie2 View Post
It's a bummer that the app you used to make this theme isn't free. Isn't there any alternative? if not, would you mind making the same theme with font size 14? also, can I modify the Segoe UI 16 theme you sent? as in disabling aero, disabling event sounds, etc and then re-saving it as Segoe UI 16?
Sure I will make 1 with size 14.

Yes you modify Segoe UI 16, then save it in Personalization.

Will post the theme later today.

Jerry
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25 Jun 2016   #19
Bongo

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Give both of these a try, 1 is Segoe UI 14 and 1 is Segoe UI Semibold 12, 12 looks very good.

Jerry


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File Type: zip Segoe UI 14.zip (865.0 KB, 3 views)
File Type: zip SemiBold.zip (864.7 KB, 4 views)
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27 Jun 2016   #20
Rookie2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Not perfect but better regarding the way it fits. You're right, the semibold text looks so nice! It's the way text should look like on windows by default instead of thin, tiny text. Thank you

Edit: I used a combination of the Semibold theme and a DPI setting of 115% and almost everything looks perfect now. I really feel so lucky I was able to get windows looking this way! It looks so nice it's almost comparable to using gdipp-like software. I will upload a before/after picture later...

...here is the comparison screenshots:


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