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Windows 7: Font Size

18 Nov 2009   #1

windows 7
 
 
Font Size

Is there a way to set just the font size without windows trying to enlarge everything? In windows xp selecting a bigger font size only affected window's fonts and icons. In windows 7 selecting a bigger font size zooms everything, including other applications like open office and opera that cannot handle it and look blurry. Am i the only one with this problem?

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18 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

It depends on the application and how they want to react to DPI increases.
There may be options available in the applications to configure that.
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19 Nov 2009   #3

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the response... I will check the applications, but not sure if that will solve the problem. Even ones where most of the stuff looks good like internet explorer still have elements on pages that look blurry when they are stretched. I wish there was a way to switch back to XP's way of handling DPI scaling. I don't want most things stretched, but would like fonts and icons to be larger in windows itself.
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19 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tim, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if adjusting the font size setting for items in the Advanced Appearance Settings (step 7) may work for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Nov 2009   #5

windows 7
 
 
Advanced Display Settings

Brink thanks for your reply. I tried adjusting the advanced display settings and that gets me a little closer to what i want, but still is more complex and not as nice as the font sizing that windows xp implemented. I made everything larger that was in the dropdown menu that had an option for sizing, but now some things are big, and others that didnt have options to adjust are small. Also some text doesnt fit in in its area, such as menus where the text is cut off because the text is bigger than the space the program alloted for it. I still think that Windows needs the ability to selectively turn off DPI scaling on a per program basis, as well as the option to have DPI scaling only apply to operating system icons, menus, and dialogs and not extend into applications.
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21 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Just lower the zoom level....IE automatically increases the zoom level of the paged based on the DPI. Going back to the horrible DPI method in Windows XP is not an option.
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22 Nov 2009   #7

windows 7
 
 
IE Zoom

IE looks fairly good with DPI scaling, because the only things that look blurry are the images within the content. The two main programs that i have used so far that dont look good when the DPI is increased are open office and opera. I haven't had windows 7 for very long so I am sure there are many more. I never had a problem with raising the font size in XP, so i disagree that it was horrible.
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22 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Like I said IE is zoomed in. Bottom right corner is the control for the zoom level. And clearly Opera and OpenOffice are not built with DPI scaling in mind. What was in Windows XP is not true DPI.
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22 Nov 2009   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

With Opera, you set each font separately in Tools>Options>Preferences>Advanced>Fonts & Web Pages>Normal & Monospace Fonts.
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23 Nov 2009   #10

windows 7
 
 
dpi scaling

Seekermeister.. thanks for the tip about Opera. The problems in opera extends beyond font size, because the tabs and dialogs themselves look blurry when DPI scaling is turned on. Logic Earth ... not sure what true dpi scaling entails, but I would suggest that whatever benefits it has are outweighed by not being able to turn it off for applications that don't support it.
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