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Windows 7: How to automate changing display zoom from 125% to 100%

18 Sep 2012   #1
joncarroll1

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 
How to automate changing display zoom from 125% to 100%

Problem:
I am trying to find a way to change the zoom level in Windows Display properties (where you can make your text larger) from 125% to 100% by way of batch file or some other easy solution.

Background:
My CEO has a dual monitors when her laptop is docked. I have her Display increased to 125% which allows her to easily read her e-mails, word docs, etc...
When she goes into a meetng with her laptop, everything remains at 125% on the small monitor and she is having a hard time navigating around.

I have been racking my brain on a way she could double click a batch file that would reset her settings when she is not docked, and then another file to increase everything back to 125% when she is.

Any Ideas?


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18 Sep 2012   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Why not just click "change zoom level" drop down menu in the notification area? Unless it's not enabled then enable it - enable status bar.

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18 Sep 2012   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

She could change to 100% with Bassfisher's idea before going to the meeting? Sounds simple, but...
does the laptop have a scroll wheel? If so holding CTRL and using it will change the magnification for everything.

We have some developers here so maybe one of them can write a bat file for you.
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18 Sep 2012   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joncarroll1 View Post
...I have her Display increased to 125% which allows her to easily read her e-mails, word docs, etc...
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...a batch file...
You can leave the Display set to 100% and increase things inside certain windows (as others have noted) but this is not nearly the same user experience as changing the Display (DPI) setting - since that setting changes much more than text zoom will.

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The laptop should handle changing the DPI settings via hardware profiles when it is undocked. You might have to manually create the hardware profiles.

Here is a link to a 2008 PowerPoint presentation from Microsoft that speaks to DPI settings in W7: http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...T582_WH08.pptx
(A virustotal scan of that PPTX file.)

If you find a way to change the Display/DPI stuff without logging the user off and back on - please let me and Microsoft know :-)


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18 Sep 2012   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It will not be automated, but you can create a shortcut to change the DPI

Display Shortcut - Create

A change always requires a restart, but that would be the case with any automated script too. A Guy
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19 Sep 2012   #6
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
She could change to 100% with Bassfisher's idea before going to the meeting? Sounds simple, but...
does the laptop have a scroll wheel? If so holding CTRL and using it will change the magnification for everything.

We have some developers here so maybe one of them can write a bat file for you.

Dude; CTRL + scroll wheel, I never knew...works for my desktop as well...NICE.

You learn something new every day.
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19 Sep 2012   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post

Dude; CTRL + scroll wheel, I never knew...works for my desktop as well...NICE.

You learn something new every day.
Thanks, the nice thing I like about this method is that it will change sizes of icons or browser content, not the DPI and resolution.
Try it on the Desktop.
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