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Windows 7: Appearance of Buttons in Word 2007 Ribbon

18 Mar 2015   #1
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Appearance of Buttons in Word 2007 Ribbon

I have not manually changed any settings in Word 2007, but today all of a sudden there is a noticeable difference in how the buttons in the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar display. They appear "distorted", much the same way a pic would look if it were enlarged and darkened.

I checked Excel and PowerPoint and they are the same way, so something changed with Office in general. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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18 Mar 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I have not seen any change in Office 2007 nor do I see a distortion in your picture.
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18 Mar 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep,
Beside you using the Silver color scheme I don't see anything wrong :/
Office logo/ Word options/ Popular/ Color scheme.
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19 Mar 2015   #4
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. You guys may be absolutely right....there may be nothing "wrong". But let me ask this: Is there a setting to increase the overall scale of Word (Office programs)? Let me explain the pic below:
My screen resolution is 1440x900. I maximized Word and took a screen shot (the top portion)
I found a 1440x900 pic of the Word interface in Google Images (the bottom portion outlined in red)
I did not scale either pic and added both to Gimp. Here's the resulting pic (after cropping):

There's a noticeable difference in the interfaces, as if the top portion is 110-120% of the portion outlined in red. The smaller "scale" is what I'm used to and why the larger "scale" seems distorted to me.
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19 Mar 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My guess would be that those systems have different DPIs. You can change it in Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display
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19 Mar 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep you can also click Start and type in the search box,
dpi
or
make text and other items larger or smaller
Click on the suggestion and increase to 125%
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19 Mar 2015   #7
markaz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. It did have to do with DPI, but changing the setting in Display would change the DPI globally. I've had it set to 105% since forever and didn't want to make things larger by going to 125% or smaller to 100%. Office products support changing DPI for its individual applications, so I did the following: Right click shortcut to Word > Properties > Compatibility tab > Enabled (checked) "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" > Apply. Restarted Word and it was back to the scale I was used to.
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19 Mar 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Ha good idea to check that I had no idea it exited
Thanks for sharing
Cheers.
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