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Windows 7: Any folder display

27 Sep 2011   #1
Just married

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Any folder display

Hello Seven Forums,

I am 81 as of March of 2011. My eyes are about 110 years old, at least that is the way they work.

In Windows 7 Pro it is very difficult to read any column but the first one on the lift, example, reading the size of a jpg is very difficult, is there a way to set all folders, Windows live mail to be BOLD in all cases. I don't have this problem on the web since hlding down the crtl key then rotating the mouse whell I can increase the font size so that the dim ones can be read. Since I am viewing seven forums on the web I have increased the size of the window that I am typing in now so I have no problem here. Using my Win7Pro computer is another story. My old XP is no problem as well. I have tried the bult in magnifyer, which does work but not very handy

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27 Sep 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

go to start / control panel /display.
select medium, re boot for changes to apply.

also have a look here for more info

also have a look at brinks tutorial to adjust the DPI to allow text to display larger.

DPI Display Size Settings - Change
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27 Sep 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Your monitor size is 21" which is good size.

In Windows 7 you can access the Magnifier at Start - All Programs - Accessories - Ease of Access - Magnifier.

You can increase the overall windows font size by the following steps.

1. Right click on empty desktop area and select "personalize".

2. On the left bottom of the opened window click on "Display"

3. On the left side of the screen click on "Set custom text size (DPI).

4. Here you can adjust the text size to your convenience. Keep the mouse cursor on the scale and move it to right side to increase the font size. Check the preview font size below.

5. Once the size is OK press OK button. Press Apply button.

3. You have to logout and relogin to apply changes.

This should increase the font size in all windows,
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28 Sep 2011   #4


Hi Just married, I need larger fonts and images too, so you're welcome to my whole list of methods to increase font and image size. A few will be repeats of what boohbah and rraod posted, and the rest will be additional methods. 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. (You should be able to change the button assignments of the mouse in its Control Panel by selecting an appropriate option for the function you want.)

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.

17. 3rd Party apps: Magic Zoom Plus (
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