Can I make 1280x1024 look like 1024x768

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paj692

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I've recently been given a Sony SDM-HS73 17" TFT LCD monitor which has a 'native' resolution of 1280x1024. Other than the ambient light problem (which I'm getting used to) and isn't worth $100+ for a privacy screen (which might help) My problem is this. I tried playing with all the settings to get the desktop to look like it used to under 1024x768, There were always either tiny fonts somewhere, or screen elements that didn't fit or look normal. Is there a magic formula, or does someone have a conversion chart or program or something to accomplish this? I've temporarily given up and gone back to 1024x768. I don't object to the higher quality, but the inability to control all elements, particularly the small letters at the top of dialog box tabs, for example, the Desktop Properties dialog window, with desktop, background, appearance, etc. Those letters are tiny! Help, please. PAJ
 
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There should be settings for the display that make fonts larger under Display Properties | Display | Advanced that should help I can not give exact way to do this because I do not have the same display adapter that you have. Give this a try
 

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Basically, while you can control individual elements, there isn't complete control of all aspects of the GUI. This is an ongoing issue with higher resolution screens. I stick with 19" LCD screens at 1280x1024 for that very reason. :)
 

paj692

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The individual settings that are available are helpful. I had some luck in the past by changing the default fonts, and overwriting fonts that are system fonts with different versions, but that was under Windows 98. I bet XP prevents that from happening. What seems like they are making an effort is to change the DPI and use large fonts and then play with the various font sizes under appearance. Unfortunately, third party programs that are expecting 96 DPI will either look weird or fail to function properly. Microsoft can't really be blamed for that, can they? PAJ
 
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JohnWill said:
Basically, while you can control individual elements, there isn't complete control of all aspects of the GUI. This is an ongoing issue with higher resolution screens. I stick with 19" LCD screens at 1280x1024 for that very reason. :)
John I just bought me a NEC LCD 19" the one that has a picture that looks like a plasma TV but I tried that 1280x1024 which NEC said was the best, but after using 1024X768 for ages the fonts are just to small for my 54 year old eyes how do you do it? maybe it take a while to get use to it. ;)
 
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