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Making ALL fonts larger on entire computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com, May 4, 2010.

  1. I'm running XP (and all my other computers) in 600x800 screen
    resolution because I have poor eyesite. I can not read that small
    text without straining. But it seems most websites are now made for
    1024x768 or larger. So now I have to keep scrolling left to right to
    read the damn pages. Annoying as hell!

    I was wondering if there is a way to set the reso to 1024x768 but make
    the text larger in ALL parts of the computer? I know I can use a
    larger font on the desktop, but I want EVERYTHING to be larger
    throughout the computer, including websites, etc. Is this possible?

    I'm motly asking about doing this in XP, but I'd likely also do it on
    my Win2000 and Win98 computers if I knew how.

    Thanks
     
  2. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:u741u5h52atqkq44gektbl801u8guhbrjd@4ax.com,
    future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com <future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com> typed:
    > I'm running XP (and all my other computers) in 600x800
    > screen resolution because I have poor eyesite. I can not
    > read that small text without straining. But it seems most
    > websites are now made for 1024x768 or larger. So now I
    > have to keep scrolling left to right to read the damn
    > pages. Annoying as hell!
    >
    > I was wondering if there is a way to set the reso to
    > 1024x768 but make the text larger in ALL parts of the
    > computer? I know I can use a larger font on the desktop,
    > but I want EVERYTHING to be larger throughout the computer,
    > including websites, etc. Is this possible?
    >
    > I'm motly asking about doing this in XP, but I'd likely
    > also do it on my Win2000 and Win98 computers if I knew how.
    >
    > Thanks


    You could try changing the dpi setting in your video controls. That will
    change everything throughout to a larger size. I used screen resolution
    myself, but the dpi setting might be what you want; can't hurt to try it.

    Open Control Panel
    Click Display
    In the resulting Display Properties window, choose the Settings tab.
    In this new window, there should be a DPI setting and it should say 96 dpi,
    the default setting. Try switching it to say 120 dpi, OK your way out, and
    see how that feels to you. You can set it even higher if you wish to; I
    don't know what its limit is though.

    In Control Panel, the Accessibility options, you can also turn on a
    magnifier. Some mouse software let you control this with a mouse button;
    mine does. Then, as long as everything is on the screen, you can turn on the
    magnifier and move it around the screen to enlarge that portion of the
    screen. I've found this one most useful.

    Also, in IE and Firefox, you can control the display size of the screens
    too, don't forget. I won't go into details because I don't know what browser
    or version you have, or even if that would be acceptable to you. It's the
    place where I have the most trouble though, and on most sites it's all I
    need to do.
    Most programs OE, Word, etc., let you determine the size of the text on
    screen so you can also set those if you want to. e.g. my OE uses 14 pt text
    both for writing and reading e-mails.

    So there are quite a few different things you can try and this isn't an all
    inclusive list, but it should be enough to get you going or at least improve
    the situation somewhat.

    Feel free to keep asking questions; someone will be able to assist, I'm
    sure.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  3. Paul Randall

    Paul Randall Flightless Bird

    <future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com> wrote in message
    news:u741u5h52atqkq44gektbl801u8guhbrjd@4ax.com...
    > I'm running XP (and all my other computers) in 600x800 screen
    > resolution because I have poor eyesite. I can not read that small
    > text without straining. But it seems most websites are now made for
    > 1024x768 or larger. So now I have to keep scrolling left to right to
    > read the damn pages. Annoying as hell!
    >
    > I was wondering if there is a way to set the reso to 1024x768 but make
    > the text larger in ALL parts of the computer? I know I can use a
    > larger font on the desktop, but I want EVERYTHING to be larger
    > throughout the computer, including websites, etc. Is this possible?
    >
    > I'm motly asking about doing this in XP, but I'd likely also do it on
    > my Win2000 and Win98 computers if I knew how.
    >
    > Thanks


    As I understand it, you want the computer to use a bigger font for all of
    your applications, and whenever that would require scrolling to fit the
    screen, that it be vertical scrolling, and where multiple columns are
    involved, that it do something that works for you. It is not possible.

    Some possible things you can do:
    1) Some browsers let you easily increase font size. Depending on how the
    web page style is coded, this may or may not require horizontal scrolling to
    see it all. Many web sites use fixed styles that don't work well with font
    size changes or changed DPI in the computer settings.

    2) Select the text of interest, copy, and paste it into Notepad, and change
    the font size & style to suit your needs. I find this handy for longer
    texts.

    3) Internet explorer has a way to ignore the styles specified by the web
    page. This may make the web page have a strange layout, but the text would
    be readable. Hopefully someone else can explain how to get to the place to
    change this option. They would need to know what browser and version level
    you are using.

    -Paul Randall
     
  4. Paul Randall

    Paul Randall Flightless Bird

    <future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com> wrote in message
    news:u741u5h52atqkq44gektbl801u8guhbrjd@4ax.com...
    > I'm running XP (and all my other computers) in 600x800 screen
    > resolution because I have poor eyesite. I can not read that small
    > text without straining. But it seems most websites are now made for
    > 1024x768 or larger. So now I have to keep scrolling left to right to
    > read the damn pages. Annoying as hell!
    >
    > I was wondering if there is a way to set the reso to 1024x768 but make
    > the text larger in ALL parts of the computer? I know I can use a
    > larger font on the desktop, but I want EVERYTHING to be larger
    > throughout the computer, including websites, etc. Is this possible?
    >
    > I'm motly asking about doing this in XP, but I'd likely also do it on
    > my Win2000 and Win98 computers if I knew how.
    >
    > Thanks


    To ignore certain style options, like font sizes, in IE 6, go to the tools
    menu, choose internet options, and at the bottom of the window click
    accessibility. On the accessibility screen, you can ignore colors, font
    styles, and font sizes specified on web pages. This may or may not,
    depending on other style specifications, make the line longer and need to be
    scrolled.

    There is one more option on the accessibility screen: format documents using
    my style sheet. Hopefully someone will post a style sheet that fixes many
    problems for the visually impaired.

    -Paul Randall
     
  5. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    <future_macintosh_owner@mydesk.com> wrote in message
    news:u741u5h52atqkq44gektbl801u8guhbrjd@4ax.com...
    > I'm running XP (and all my other computers) in 600x800 screen
    > resolution because I have poor eyesite. I can not read that small
    > text without straining. ...


    One way around the problem might be to ignore the software
    side and consider the purely mechanical side.
    1) Lean forward so that the screen is closer to you.
    Problem: bad ergonomics, leading to neck pain etc.
    2) If you have the resources, buy the biggest monitor available
    and set it to 1024x768 even if it would support much finer
    resolution.
    3) Use some kind of magnifying device, such as viewing the
    monitor horizontally using one of those large desk
    magnifiers designed for fine work on small objects.
     

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