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Windows 7: IE8 Font control

10 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
IE8 Font control

I was looking at a website, noted below, where the font became extremely tiny. I know if you go into Internet Options-General-Accessibility, you can choose to disregard the suggested website font.

Is there a way to adjust the font after you disregard the website's? I see there is a way to change the style and color of the font, but not the size.

I think I remember something about the Windows font size being used, but if that is the case, should not IE have a way to adjust it?

This is a Hewlett Packard driver download site.
HP Color LaserJet 4500 Printer series*-* Download drivers and software - HP Business Support Center

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10 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You can change the IE text size by going to Page-Text Size-. If you wanted to change windows overall text size you could change the DPI scale in Control Panel-Display-
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10 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64

Ok, I did not notice that, probably because it was never up in IE7 for me. But there is more going on with this page. I can raise the text to largest and still not be able to read the "Hot Topics" box. If I ignore the suggested text size, I can read. It seems IE7 doesn't use such small text, or perhaps a different style is being used.

I don't suppose you know of a setting for the smallest text to be used? Maybe I will play with the text style to see if I can limit the downside as far as font size goes.

I suppose I need to learn how to use the magnifier feature!

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10 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Well, setting the text size in IE8 has no effect being on this site (sevenforums), at least for me. So I would think it's site specific. Yeah, you can always use the magnifier, LOL.
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11 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64

I realize now, if I click on the compatibility view settings, I can read the page again. This would seem to indicate IE8 reads some Font designation a little differently.
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12 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

You can also hold down ctrl and use the arrow keys or the scroll button on your mouse to make text larger or smaller.
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12 Feb 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64

Thanks, I found some of that. The real problem is the text in question is unreadable because the characters aren't even characters. If I use compatibility mode on the site, I can read it.

It appears IE8 has made some changes to the way it handles some formatting code and the webmasters will have to catch up...

I have started watching the little broken page icon to see how many sites are not yet IE8 compatible.
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05 Mar 2010   #8
DS Nevada

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
Font Size Problem in IE8

I had the same problem also, when the font size became extremely small when using IE8 in Windows 7. I was able to fix the problem for myself, but I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone.

I simply accessed the "Page" drop down menu, chose "Zoom", then I chose "100%".
This solved both the font size and display problems in IE8, where everything suddenly became very small.

In my case, perhaps my copy of IE8 simply got out of adjustment.
Good luck!
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05 Mar 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I find this HP page you linked completely normal. I can read it very well (and i have poor eyesight). But I have set my IE to 125% and the display in Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display to 125%.
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17 Mar 2010   #10
DS Nevada

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
IE8 Font Control

If you are having the same problem in Firefox, you can reset your font size by
clicking "View", move your pointer to "Zoom" and click "Reset".

You may also want to check your display setting in the "Control Panel",
and choose "Appearance and Personalization", go to "Display" and click,
"Make text and other items larger or smaller". Also, don't forget to then
click "apply" to save your settings.
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