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15 Jan 2011   #1
goc

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
windows 7 resized ?

i just updated my system to windows 7
first thing that i notice is that everything
seems to have gotten smaller .

ex: if you click on file,view , or any other window
the text seem almost ureadable and also the warning boxes are smaller . event the look of the fonts seem diffrent .

i tried resizing the dpi settings and is better but the
warning dialog boxes are still small and tool bar are also

is this the way win 7 is supposed to look like ?
are there any way to change it ?

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15 Jan 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Change your screen resolution.
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16 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goc View Post
i just updated my system to windows 7
first thing that i notice is that everything
seems to have gotten smaller .

ex: if you click on file,view , or any other window
the text seem almost ureadable and also the warning boxes are smaller . event the look of the fonts seem diffrent .

i tried resizing the dpi settings and is better but the
warning dialog boxes are still small and tool bar are also

is this the way win 7 is supposed to look like ?
are there any way to change it ?
As WHS said, you may need to change your screen resolution. Right-click on the desktop, then select "Screen Resolution".

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The reason, btw, why you having this "problem", is because when you install Windows 7, or update you display drivers, Windows will automatically select the highest supported resolution of your screen.


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16 Jan 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Changing your screen resolution might solve the main problem as such, but it can cause others. Some things only work properly if you use the "native" resolution of the display you happen to be using.

In order to make things readable, go to "screen resolution" by right clicking on your desktop;



Click on "Make text and other items larger or smaller" ( Outlined in red in the screenshot);

this will give you;



choose whatever percentage increase suits you. This will change the size of text and items on your display without altering the screen resolution.

Regards....Mike Connor
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16 Jan 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Mike, as I understood the OP, he already changed the DPI settings. But after that, you can only work with the resolution. It is a matter of trying out the next smaller resolution etc.
I am faced with this problem all the time because of my poor eyesight - especially on laptops. I set the DPI to 150%, the IE to 150% and scaled the resolution 2 notches down. Then I am able to read my 16" screen on the laptop. For the desktop (22" screen) I leave the native resolution but make the other settings too. That works for me. As I said, a matter of trying it out.
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16 Jan 2011   #6

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Indeed, a lot of people have problems on high resolution displays. Especially some laptop panels which are basically too small to see properly when used at high resolutions. Unfortunately, changing the resolution affects other things. Changing the DPI ( Dots Per Inch) settings can also cause problems. Using the % size increase has the least effect on other things but usually the maximum benefit with regard to visibilty and reading.

On some machines I change the fonts/sizes ( in "Personalise")to make things more readable for people with poor eyesight. One may also of course set things like icon sizes etc. to taste.

As you write, it is basically a matter of trying things out, but changing the %increase of text/item size is often a "quick fix" which does not affect other things too much.

The more things you change, the more difficult it is to keep track of them, and as every change you make affects everything else, the simple % text/item size change is very convenient as it doesn't affect anything except the actual visible size of the text etc.

If you try to change lots of things, DPI, Resolution, % Size, fonts, etc. It can take a lot of time and messing about to get what you want, most especially if you are using simple "trial and error", without really knowing what to change in order to achieve what you want.

There are a very large number of users who would never "fiddle" with anything on their PC's. They actively resent it when one tries to explain anything. The vast majority use their PC's for a few specific things, and simply expect them to work, they don't want to know how, and they certainly don't want to have to adjust things themselves.

This is a majority group, which forums like this, and indeed many other excellent aid sources, simply never reach. Because they would not even consider trying to fix something themselves.These are also among the people who have the most problems when things go wrong, or don't work as they expect.

Something which may well seem simple to you and I, or many others here, is simply incomprehensible to many people.

Regards....Mike Connor
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16 Jan 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
They actively resent it when one tries to explain anything. The vast majority use their PC's for a few specific things, and simply expect them to work, they don't want to know how, and they certainly don't want to have to adjust things themselves.

Yeah, those are the ones I always call "Appliance users". But many of us too have this attitude towards other technical gizmos. In my case it is cameras. For one I have a hard time reading the options on the little screens and on the other hand I really only want to take a picture. I leave everything on "automatic" and hope it will work - LOL.

I remember my father in the old days. When he took a picture, you were in for half a day of settings. And by that time every smile was frozen and we looked like right out of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
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16 Jan 2011   #8

 
 

As a member of the 'poor eyesight' club, I'd like to share with you my compiled list of miscellaneous settings to increase font size and/or screen size. Pick and choose the ones you like. I don't know what I would've done without these settings:

1. This is the one of the main setting tools for setting various locations of Windows font sizes. Right-click on the Desktop and go to Personalize, Window Color and Appearance. Click on Advanced, and in the drop-down menu, select the item that controls the location where you wish to change the font size. (Note: the last one, Window, does not have an option to control font size.)

2. DPI - Right click on Desktop, Personalize, On Personalization Page, go to left column to: Adjust Font size – DPI, DPI Scaling: Click on Large scale (120 DPI), and click Apply.

3. Screen Resolution: Right-click on the Desktop, choose Screen Resolution, click on the down-arrow at the end of the Resolution box, and pick the desired resolution. Check OK.

4. Display: Right-click on the Desktop, select Personalize, then Display. From the 3 settings: Small, Medium, Large, if screen defaults to Medium (125% size for font and images) and that’s too large, use Small for 100% size (aka “normal”)

5. At the lower right hand corner of every IE web page, there’s a Zoom control that lets you increase the size of every web page, and it stays at that Zoom setting for every page until/unless you change it.

6. Open Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, General, Accessibility, Select Ignore font sizes specified on web pages. Click OK, then Apply, then OK.

7. Open Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, uncheck all three:
Reset text size to Medium for new windows and tabs, and
Reset text size to Medium while Zooming, and
Reset Zoom level to 100% for new windows and tabs

8. Open Internet Explorer, click the Page button, click Text Size, and then select the size you want i.e. Large (Largest may be too large).

9. Ease of Access Center – Go to either: Control Panel, All Control Panel Items, Ease of Access Center, Make Your Computer Easier to Use, Explore All Settings, and click on: Make this computer easier to see (Optimize Visual Display). OR go to Control Panel, and Explore all settings. Under the following heading, Make things on the screen larger, select: Change the size of text + icons. This takes you to the dpi settings screen.

10. If you have a scroll wheel on your mouse, use command/ctrl + your scroll on a web page to increase the font size.

11. MS Office apps have a Zoom slider at the lower right hand corner of every page, that lets you increase the size of every Office app page, and it stays at that Zoom setting until/unless you change it.

12. MS Word templates: In the Ribbon or QuickAccess Bar select Styles, Normal, and when the little arrow appears, select Modify. Under Formatting you can change the default font size (12) to whatever size you wish. At the bottom of the screen select Only in this documents OR New documents based on this template. Click OK. You can change this font size setting for any/all other MS Word templates as well.

13. In IE and FireFox (for current use – not permanent): press Ctrl and the + key to increase screen size. To reduce screen size press Ctrl and the – key. (To restore screen size to 100% press Ctrl and 0.)

14. FireFox (permanent setting): go to Tools, Options, Content, and on that screen set the new default text size that you wish. Then, click Advanced and there are additional default text size settings. Plus, in the box that says "Minimum text size" select None, and down below, UNcheck the box that says "allow pages to choose their own fonts instead of my selections above."

15. Magnifier – To Magnify Entire Page: Start, Search pane, and type: magnifier. When it comes up click the plus (+) sign. The entire page will magnify. OR go to: Control Panel, All Control Panel Items, Ease of Access Center, Make Your Computer Easier to Use, Start Magnifier.

16. Magnifier – To Magnify a Certain Portion of the Screen - go to Start, Search pane, and type: magnifier. Click the program at the top. The Magnifier can be set to Docked Mode which places a re-sizable window at the top of the screen that follows the cursor. (To read more about Magnifier go to Start, click "Help & Support" on the right hand side, type in "magnifier.") Magnifier is actually located at: Start, All Programs, Accessories, Ease of Access, Magnifier.

16. FireFox Add-On: NoSquint (NoSquint: Firefox Extension)

(If you go to Internet Explorer, Internet Options, Appearance, Fonts, How to ignore present fonts - The notes refer you to numbers 5, 6, 8, 10, and 13 above).
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16 Jan 2011   #9

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You might like this for Firefox;

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ddon/nosquint/

Regards....Mike Connor
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