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Windows 7: Everything is huge on new laptop, and I don't know how to reduce....


13 Mar 2011   #1

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Everything is huge on new laptop, and I don't know how to reduce....

Hello

I've just purchased a new laptop, and I'm very happy with it, but I need to know how to tweak the size of pretty much everything I see on the screen

The screenshot I've attached, doesn't look too bad, but it is....I have to scroll so much to view a webpage; my e-mails are huge, and the AOL top taskbar is way to big (hogging lots of space) I did manage to reduce the bottom taskbar through Googling, but I can't find how to fix the main problem.

I have had a little fiddle with the 'Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel' but had no idea what I was doing and didn't want to wreck things!

Can you help please?

Many thanks



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13 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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The screenshot I've attached, doesn't look too bad, but it is....I have to scroll so much to view a webpage
Just use press 'Ctrl' and '+' or '-' to zoom pages

Concerning system tuners/tweaking utilities, be aware that TuneUp Utilities and Advanced System Care are actually useless on windows 7, Windows 7 does not need to be tweaked in any way
These programs are huge causes of BSODs and problems
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13 Mar 2011   #3

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

You could also use Ctrl + 0 (the number zero) to return your screen to 100% (neither zoomed in nor zoomed out.)
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13 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Besides adjusting Zoom and Text size on Page tab or using shortcuts posted, if explorer or other features are disproportionate you can try another Screen Resolution by rightclicking on empty area of Desktop.

Be sure to enable hardware auto-updating and check optional Updates for newer drivers which whose delivery is automated in Windows 7: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware

Other tips for cleaning up factory bloatware over time
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13 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Make sure all your drivers are installed. I had a similar problem years ago and it was a driver issue. In fact it was that episode that made me want to learn more about how these wonderful "magic boxes" and their software really works. ( The computer shop I took it to charged me $249.00 !!!!!!! to unzip 2 files and install them .... and they were already on my computer! 4 mouse clicks = $249.00!)
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13 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Quote:
The screenshot I've attached, doesn't look too bad, but it is....I have to scroll so much to view a webpage
Just use press 'Ctrl' and '+' or '-' to zoom pages

Concerning system tuners/tweaking utilities, be aware that TuneUp Utilities and Advanced System Care are actually useless on windows 7, Windows 7 does not need to be tweaked in any way
These programs are huge cause of BSODs and problems
Hello

I don't mean just text size (apologies, I should have explained this)
I've done another screenshot to show what I mean.....My other laptop has the same sized screen, yet as an example, the AOL top section is nowhere near as big. Its huge on this screen.

p.s
I've used Tune up and ASC for a long time and never had an issue - they keep this laptop running optimally (and the ASC nicely cleans up the crap leftover from browsing on shut down) I like especially like Tune Up, as I prefer to run a pc without the un-necessary whistles and bells in exchange for overall increased performance


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13 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
You could also use Ctrl + 0 (the number zero) to return your screen to 100% (neither zoomed in nor zoomed out.)
Ooh, that doesn't work for me....I just get taken to AOL Travel in a new tab
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13 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

You will not get better performance running tweaking suites on Windows 7. As those of us who went through beta for the past two years found out - often the hard way - Windows 7 is already optimized as light as can be and will not tolerate tweaks beyond normal system settings.

You can improve performance on a factory preinstall using these tips: HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions

If you have heavily tweaked Windows 7 then I would consider a clean re-install windows 7

I gave you all the fixes for disproportionate web or windows display previously.
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13 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You will not get better performance running tweaking suites on Windows 7. As those of us who went through beta for the past two years found out - often the hard way - Windows 7 is already optimized as light as can be and will not tolerate tweaks beyond normal system settings.

So running the following prior to shut down can harm my system? (Spyware Removal, Privacy Sweep and Junk Files Clean)


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13 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Not necessarily, but the same can be achieved with less impact on performance and potential harm to the OS by setting Internet Options>Advanced to Empty Temporary Internet Files when Browser is Closed, running CCleaner monthly (Run Cleaner on Disk tab, followed by Scan for Issues on Registry tab), using a good lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials or Avast5 with Windows 7 firewall, then monthly Malwarebytes scan.

These tools are known to work well with Windows 7 with perfect performance - all we see from tweaking and optimization suites here are problems. You might uninstall the unknown app and try these to see if there is any difference - if not, use what you feel comfortable with.
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