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14 Jun 2011   #1
La Grenouille

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Windows Menu Context is too big for the menu...

Not sure if this is the right section but here goes:

I've got a slight problem with my windows menus in that the content is too big for the actual menu box. There's no option to drag to make the box bigger, it's just that the actual content is way to big for the box as if the font/rendering size is just set too large.

How would I go about changing this? Here's a screenshot of an example of what I'm dealing with:

Windows Menu Context is too big for the menu...-snap_2011.06.14_16h58m03s_001.jpg

As I stated earlier, it's not giving me an option to drag the window to make it bigger so any input you guys can give me is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!




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14 Jun 2011   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by La Grenouille View Post
Not sure if this is the right section but here goes:

I've got a slight problem with my windows menus in that the content is too big for the actual menu box. There's no option to drag to make the box bigger, it's just that the actual content is way to big for the box as if the font/rendering size is just set too large.

How would I go about changing this? Here's a screenshot of an example of what I'm dealing with:

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It doesn't appear from your screenshot that you've specified "medium - 125%" for your font size, but have you?

I've done that myself on my own systems, and deal with this same symptom of yours fairly often but with other application programs. I prefer the slightly larger text characters, as they are clearer and darker... like "more ink".

If you've specified "medium - 125%" then this is a common long-standing problem for many years (including back with WinXP), related to the software product but really tied to Microsoft's providing a way to enlarge things but not automatically increasing window sizes to match.

With WinXP it was "small fonts (96DPI)" vs. "large fonts (120DPI)" and with Win7 it's "normal - 100%" vs. "medium - 125%". Unfortunately, unless the application program is written to use certain standard API's or recognize that the large fonts are in effect and draw its own window correctly, this truncated text symptom is inevitably the result.

Right-click on desktop, select Screen Resolution, and then click on the "make text and other items larger or smaller". What do you show there?

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15 Jun 2011   #3
Imperfect1

 
 

This problem happens occasionally if you have your DPI setting on "larger scale." The solution is annoying, but easy. Just temporarily reset your DPI to "default scale" - reboot, go into the menu box and perform your functions. Then, when you're all done, reset your DPI setting and reboot. Voila!
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15 Jun 2011   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
This problem happens occasionally if you have your DPI setting on "larger scale." The solution is annoying, but easy. Just temporarily reset your DPI to "default scale" - reboot, go into the menu box and perform your functions. Then, when you're all done, reset your DPI setting and reboot. Voila!
Actually, they've made it easier to do this DPI reset under Win7.

With WinXP a re-boot was needed. With Win7, you only need to log off and then log on to pick up the font size change... with no actual re-boot required.
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15 Jun 2011   #5
La Grenouille

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

First off, thanks for the replys!

@dsperber - I've checked that setting and, as I guessed, I was set at the "Small - 100%" setting. I tried switching to Medium and logging back in but it didn't change anything. So I switched it back.

Windows Menu Context is too big for the menu...-snap_2011.06.15_11h32m15s_002.jpg

@Imperfect1 - I checked my DPI setting and it was set to the lowest possible setting. I tried un-checking the XP mode, but that didn't help at all either.

Windows Menu Context is too big for the menu...-snap_2011.06.15_11h32m59s_003.jpg

It's probably a deeply embedded setting somewhere that needs to be changed. LOL

Until then, I'm stuck with windows like this:

Windows Menu Context is too big for the menu...-snap_2011.06.15_11h31m51s_001.jpg

Thanks for your help!


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21 Jun 2011   #6
La Grenouille

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Just an update:

I ended up just doing a clean reinstall of Windows 7. It had been two years so I was definitely due.

Thanks for the input and suggestions!
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21 Jun 2011   #7
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by La Grenouille View Post
Just an update:

I ended up just doing a clean reinstall of Windows 7. It had been two years so I was definitely due.
And... did it fix the problem??? Can you now see everything you expect to see in that window?
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21 Jun 2011   #8
La Grenouille

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Sorry..should have stated that YES, indeed, it fixed the problem. LOL

Thanks for the follow-up.

PS: It should be noted that I tried a reinstall first, and it DID NOT fix the problem, only the clean install did.
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21 Jun 2011   #9
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by La Grenouille View Post
Sorry..should have stated that YES, indeed, it fixed the problem.
I, too, have found that unlike with WinXP which seemed to always "gradually deteriorate over time" with more and more unrepairable anomalies starting to build up, justifying a total reinstall every 6-9 months or so, Win7 is MUCH MORE SOLID AND STABLE.

With Win7, one can certainly expect to go a year or more without some type of odd behavior creeping in that you just can't seem to cure no matter what well-known and usually reliable solutions you try... but which will 100% guaranteed disappear if you do a complete fresh reinstall.

I'm amazed you lasted for two years, but that just speaks to the remarkable stability of Win7.

Anyway, it really was about time for you for sure. And I'm glad it turned out to have a happy ending.
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