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hairy

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06-17-2010 07:02 PM

Is there a way to increase the font size used when posting a comment, or in this case, starting a topic?

I recently had to replace the PC at home. I use Mozilla Firefox to get here. Windows 7 is new to me with this new PC. I used Tools – Options – Content in Firefox to increase font size.

I used Control Panel – Appearance and Personalization – Display to increase font size displayed through Windows 7.

I can read everything here without my Mr. Magoo reading glasses. But in order to post anything, I need to put my face almost against the 22” screen.

Thanks!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...


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#1 posted 06-17-2010 07:24 PM

In Firefox, try View/Zoom/ZoomIn (or CTRL and the ’=/+’ key).

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 07:25 PM

Can you change the screen resolution size? Through control panel ‘display’ settings. It really helped me when I could hardly see text.

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hairy

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 07:31 PM

The only place I have a problem is posting.

Thanks, Chuck! That does help, but it enlarges everything. That’s cool with me, but the posting area is still considerably smaller than everything else.

Thanks, poopiekat. It’s already set to the maximum.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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lew

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 07:31 PM

Here’s a neat mouse that can do what you want. It’s on sale, too!

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Comfort-Optical-Mouse-D1T-00002/dp/B000A6NV0U

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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hairy

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 07:34 PM

Thanks, lew! Magnifier function. I need that all the time.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 07:34 PM

Hairy…you should see a zoom feature at the bottom of Explorer (magnifying glass with a % number beside it). If you increase the zoom (say to 150% or more) everything in the browser will come in that much bigger.

Or try ctrl +/- to change the zoom.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 07:36 PM

There is also the option View/Zoom/ZoomTextOnly. If you check that, subsequent zooming will not increase the size of the images. This might help too.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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hairy

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 07:45 PM

Thanks, Ian! I don’t like explorer, I stay with Firefox.

Thanks, Chuck! That zoom text is still the same.

I gotta get to work, I’ll play with it later. By following your suggestions, it has improved.

I hate glasses!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 06-17-2010 10:56 PM

For longer stuff, I actually often write in another editor and then copy and paste into my browser. Don’t know how this’d work in your workflow, but maybe keeping WordPad up with settings that work for you, and when you get ready to send your response do a fast Ctrl-A Ctrl-C Alt-Tab Ctrl-V and you’re there.

(I use Emacs for most of my typing, which is fantastic if you’ve devoted the neurons necessary to train your fingers to like it, but probably isn’t a reasonable tool for the average end-user.)

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hairy

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#10 posted 06-17-2010 11:39 PM

Thanks,Dan! That could be an option.

I’m on my laptop now, it is definitely something about Windows 7. This has Vista, the old one at home was XP.


I did not need to enlarge the fonts on those systems,

It’s odd that the only place where the font is very small is here in the body of this field where I am typing my reply.

Right above this block are the icons for Bold, Italic,Link and Insert Image. There is nothing in Show Formatting Reference that applies to font size.

Thanks!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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hairy

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#11 posted 06-18-2010 05:49 PM

If you’re keeping score at home the winner is: use Internet Explorer

It must be something about Firefox. I got away from Explorer a few years ago, it might be time to go back.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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Woodcanuck

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 06:02 PM

You can also google ‘Windows Magnifier’, there’s an accessibility tool in Windows for the visually impaired that allows you to magnify parts of the screen. This might take some getting used to, but I used to work with a guy who used it very effectively.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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m88k

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 06:43 PM

Along with the resolution, have you messed with the DPI setting? I showed my father that trick and he’s passed it along to several friends. Or is that what MS is calling “font size” now…

-- ~Mark

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hairy

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 06:44 PM

Thanks, Ian!
That comes up when I click the Windows “Start” icon. It works good.
This is me learning something new more than anything else.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#15 posted 06-18-2010 06:56 PM

No problem…glad to help wherever I can.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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