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Windows 7: Adjust Font Size

04 Jun 2011   #1

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Adjust Font Size

I want to make the font size larger:
  • On the Command Bar.
  • On the Task Bar.
  • In the Details Pane.
  • In Message Boxes.
See red boxes in the gif:

Adjust Font Size-font-size-optimised-.gif

Does anyone know which setting adjusts the font size in those areas?

I can make the text larger by using the "Medium - 125%" setting (in the Display window).
However some of my programs and a few installers can't cope with it (i.e. buttons don't appear because they are outside the window area).

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04 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

Here you go: Fonts - Change
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04 Jun 2011   #3

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
My Bad

I guess that I didn't explain my problem/question properly.

I am aware of how to change the font size and type using the "Advanced appearance settings" link (in the "Window Color" section).

I have increased all font sizes and the font type already (compare the font size in the "Navigation Pane" to the font size in the highlighted areas).

Title Bars - Trebuchet MS (13)
All others - Calibri (13)

Those settings have no effect on the areas that I highlighted in that picture.
I should also mention that the "Select Profile" box is being generated by vbs.

Nice Motoko avatar.
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04 Jun 2011   #4


I think you need to go back and read the tutorial that Crispy suggested, because he's right - particular in the Advanced section, utilizing the drop-down 'Item' menu. Here's my full list of ways to change fonts:

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

1. Fonts - Change - 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 - How to Change the Display DPI Size in Windows 7
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, 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

7. Open Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, General, Accessibility, Select Ignore font sizes specified on web pages. Click OK, then Apply, then OK.

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 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.

12. 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.)

13. 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."

14. FireFox Add-On: NoSquint (

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.
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04 Jun 2011   #5

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Oops! My bad again.

Thanks for that tutorial link Crispy.

As I mentioned in the OP:

  • I was using dpi scaling, but not all programs (and installers) can correctly handle the Display > dpi scaling settings.
  • The standard customising options in the Window Color >Advanced appearance settings, don't adjust the sections I indicated.
I didn't read far enough down the page.
It looks like the Option 2 -Dialog Box Text and Buttons (Registry edits) will do exactly what I want.
I can't try it right now as I am in Ubuntu.
D'oh! That only changes the font style/type (not the size).

Thanks for that info Imperfect1.
I am aware of the options you have listed, but other people may be able to benefit from your listing of them.

The trouble with changing font sizes in FF, is most web pages are written by idiots these days.

Take the Yahoo page as an example.
If you increase the font size more than a couple of points, it becomes unreadable.
The page zoom feature is the only way to increase text sizes successfully.
Of course it also zooms the pictures.

I have made my own Word template which sets the font size and type, header and footer, tabs, etc..

As an aside, has anyone noticed that there is a lack of consistency in the way programs display fonts?

For example I am using Calibri 13 as my main font.
Calibri 13 displays smaller in Winamp, than in W7!

That's interesting.
The font size in this post displays differently in Ubuntu FF compared to Windows FF.
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05 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

No problem glade it help you out.
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05 Jun 2011   #7

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Unfortunately ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
No problem glade it help you out.
Unfortunately it looks like there isn't a simple way to do what I want.
Even Brink doesn't know the answer.
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