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Changing Font Sizes in XP
A reader asked:
Q: I would like to know how to make the lettering on my computer larger. I know how to make the e-mail larger but I would like to be able to see the letters better on everything else.
Here was my answer:
Here are some ways:
I decided to include this in a web page since XP has made some minor changes and I can include some pictures. I recently installed some themes and they made some changes to font sizes which got me wondering how it was controlled.
I'll take #5 above and cover it first. Internet Explorer allows changing the font size on the fly. Open IE. Click View, then select Font Size. There are 5 settings. The next 3 figures display the differences at smallest, medium and largest.
Note that these changes affect web pages displayed in IE only. It does not affect other programs.
There is another setting that affects how web pages display, including Fonts. Click the Tools menu and select Internet Options. On the General tab, click the Accessibility button:
If you decide to remove control of web pages from the the author, you can select different fonts by clicking the Font tab:
You can change the colors on a web page also:
Where I use this is visiting pages with blue text on a black background. I cannot read the text because the contrast is poor.
Now back to our original discussion. Lets look at how we change Font size in all Windows programs. The first way we look at is by changing the display properties. To change display properties, open the Control Panel and select Display. (An alternate method is to right click the desktop and choose Properties.) There are 2 places to change fonts here. The first is in the Appearance tab. There are 3 basic sizes in the Font Size drop list.
That was the easy setting. Now we get to the next setting. Click the Settings tab and make changes as noted:
If you are changing from larger numbers to smaller numbers as in the above example, the display gets larger. If you go the other way (from 800x600 to 1024x768), the display gets smaller. Larger numbers (1280x1024, 1600x1200) make the display correspondingly smaller.
Making changes here changes the size of everything, not just fonts. Now there is one other setting that affects font sizes. In Display Properties, click the Appearance tab again and select Advanced.
You can change each of the "Items" in the list individually. These are some of the things that get changed when you change themes.
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