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Windows 7: Require to increase text size

10 Feb 2011   #1

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Require to increase text size

It strikes me as hopelessly inconsiderate and inconvenient, but it really is not possible: you cannot increase the text size in windows 7. This a major problem, since the text size is extremely small by default.

Now, some people have mentioned possible solutions, yet I cannot call these 'solutions' adequate or good at all.

Increasing the DPI is the most common way to get around his problem. Unfortunately, as I was increasing the DPI to the point where I could comfortably read the text in 7, everything else got bigger as well. Too big.

Naturally, decreasing the resolution is even worse than increasing DPI, because you lose image quality that way.

Then I read this:

Fonts - Change[2]=Appearance%20Personalize

It seemed like I finally found out how to fix this problem. But no. Even if, (and I won't, it just looks too bad) if would choose to pick the classic or high-contrast theme, I still would not be able to increase all the text size. Yes, some of the text can be made larger, but not all.

Which again strikes me as a design flaw.

The question is: why on earth is it not possible to increase sizes of all the text in windows 7? And I really mean all of it, in menu's, taskbar, message windows, in explorer - no exceptions.

Increasing DPI - what a bad idea. I want to specifically increase text size, I don't want to make everything bigger. This makes no sense.

I am going to have to file many, many complaint to microsoft if there will not come a fix for this problem soon.

Is there any way whatsoever to increase text size? The high DPI plagues me even when viewing this website - I can see how much larger the DPI is making the text I'm typing right now, yet the other text on this forum is tiny - yet another side-effect of high DPI. On XP I didn't have this problem, because XP actually allowed me to increase text size of various elements as I pleased.

I demand a better, proper solution. I demand larger text. These tiny font politics are not acceptable.

Please, do not suggest the magnifier - it is not a temporary solution, much less a permanent one. It is a useless tool.

And no, my eyes are not bad at all. I just happen to be one of the few people who sits a healthy distance from my monitor - and on XP this was never a problem - because that OS bad better configuring options.


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11 Feb 2011   #2

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11 Feb 2011   #3


Here's a list of settings from which you can pick and choose multiple settings, to see what works best for you.

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 (

(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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