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Windows 7: Making Fonts Large

03 Jan 2010   #1
dworsky

Win7 Home Premium - 64-bit
 
 
Making Fonts Large

In Win XP, it was easy to select "large fonts" or "extra large fonts" by right clicking the desktop,then properties, and appearance (I think). You could also change DPI settings which also had an effect on font size. I found a nice combination of using "large fonts" and a higher dpi setting.

In Win7, all you seemingly can do is change the dpi setting (100%, 125% or 150%, or custom). That frankly is not enough control for me.

Is the old box that allowed you to ALSO select "normal" "large fonts" and "extra large fonts" buried somewhere? (and how do you access it?)

(I did see that they buried the old "display properties" box where you could pick specific sizes of the font used on the active titlebar, etc... but that is not what I am looking for now.)

thanks in advance,
Edgar


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03 Jan 2010   #2
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dworsky View Post
In Win XP, it was easy to select "large fonts" or "extra large fonts" by right clicking the desktop,then properties, and appearance (I think). You could also change DPI settings which also had an effect on font size. I found a nice combination of using "large fonts" and a higher dpi setting.

In Win7, all you seemingly can do is change the dpi setting (100%, 125% or 150%, or custom). That frankly is not enough control for me.

Is the old box that allowed you to ALSO select "normal" "large fonts" and "extra large fonts" buried somewhere? (and how do you access it?)

(I did see that they buried the old "display properties" box where you could pick specific sizes of the font used on the active titlebar, etc... but that is not what I am looking for now.)

thanks in advance,
Edgar
Hello dworsky, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

I am not certain this will help you, but in "Control Panel", "Display" you have several options to "personalize" your screen:



This is my normal desktop:



and this is a possible extreme contrast on the same monitor:



Please let us know how we might be of help?

Cheers!
Robert
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04 Jan 2010   #3
dworsky

Win7 Home Premium - 64-bit
 
 

Robert,

Thanks for your thoughts and the screen captures.

For me it really is the combination of increasing the DPI *and* using large fonts instead of "normal" that worked best for me in WinXP...and I want to do the same in Win7.

Firefox 3 does NOT play nice when you increase the DPI, for example. I had to uninstall it both in XP and 7, because you get exaggerated size graphics (and when you fix one site, going to another has the same problem). Firefox 2 is fine with increased DPI, but 3 is not.

So...I am still looking for an answer if "large fonts" and "extra large fonts" still exists as a choice OUTSIDE of making DPI changes.

Edgar
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04 Jan 2010   #4
tranqueirex

dual: windows 7 Ultimate x64 7600 and XP SP3
 
 

You can customize font´s sizes as you wish. check this thread:

Can I customize specific font size itens on W7?

cheers
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04 Jan 2010   #5
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dworsky View Post
Robert,

Thanks for your thoughts and the screen captures.

For me it really is the combination of increasing the DPI *and* using large fonts instead of "normal" that worked best for me in WinXP...and I want to do the same in Win7.

Firefox 3 does NOT play nice when you increase the DPI, for example. I had to uninstall it both in XP and 7, because you get exaggerated size graphics (and when you fix one site, going to another has the same problem). Firefox 2 is fine with increased DPI, but 3 is not.

So...I am still looking for an answer if "large fonts" and "extra large fonts" still exists as a choice OUTSIDE of making DPI changes.

Edgar
Of course your welcome, I hope some of it was helpful. For me, as my eyesight fails as I age, I can not tolerate the minuscule font size some of these web sites use. I regularly use the "Zoom" to enlarge the "Text Only" so I can read with comfort:

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Cheers!
Robert


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05 Jan 2010   #6
dworsky

Win7 Home Premium - 64-bit
 
 

Robert...

Occasionally I use the zoom feature too, but find you begin to lose crispness of the fonts when you do that.

Edgar
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05 Jan 2010   #7
dworsky

Win7 Home Premium - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tranqueirex View Post
You can customize font´s sizes as you wish. check this thread:

Can I customize specific font size itens on W7?

cheers
T...

Yes, I discovered that feature, hidden as it is too. But it is NOT the overall font changing feature that I was looking for, that always existed in XP.

Can anyone definitively say that the old XP choice under Desktop appearance properties of Normal, Large Fonts, and Extra Large Fonts no longer exists in 7?

Edgar
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01 Apr 2010   #8
ppro

 
 

I need a way to only make FONTS bigger and not changing the screen DPI setting, just like XP font setting : Extra and Extra Large

ONLY WIN 7 FONTS BIGGER NOT WHOLE SCREEN , any way ?
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30 Apr 2010   #9
OopsMS

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I too am having exactly the same problem. And if I use the dpi setting in Win 7 32 it also creates problems with a lot of the software apps that I'm using. Yet in XP Pro I did not have a problem at all. I could increase the size without it affecting web browsers or apps adversely.

Anyone have any thoughts?
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30 Apr 2010   #10
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dworsky View Post
Robert,

Thanks for your thoughts and the screen captures.

For me it really is the combination of increasing the DPI *and* using large fonts instead of "normal" that worked best for me in WinXP...and I want to do the same in Win7.

Firefox 3 does NOT play nice when you increase the DPI, for example. I had to uninstall it both in XP and 7, because you get exaggerated size graphics (and when you fix one site, going to another has the same problem). Firefox 2 is fine with increased DPI, but 3 is not.

So...I am still looking for an answer if "large fonts" and "extra large fonts" still exists as a choice OUTSIDE of making DPI changes.

Edgar
Edgar, I increased the DPI setting slightly - not enough to cause problems with page rendering in Firefox. Then I increased the font size in Firefox itself using Tools > Options. For the most part it is now satisfactory. You can always use Ctrl - mouse wheel to change the font size temporarily.
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