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bizwiz2004

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I restore my PC to factory settings after having many issues, my problems is I cannot seems to get my IE to look the way I want it to. i.e. address bar techguy,org is very small, File, edit View Favorites etc. very mall, Favorites button text is smalla s well as the tabs that shows what page you are on. My IE page looks great but its the the problems that I mention that is driving me up a tree!!! My taskbar at the bottom the fonts are small as well where the times and etc are, Would love some help in getting this fix as I am already in the Mrs. Magoo stage!!!
 

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Insofar as relates to the general appearance go Control Panel, Display, click the settings tab and adjust
there as required.
Having restored to factory settings you also need to go start, right click My Computer, click properties, then when that opens ,click hardware, then device manager and update your drivers for the display adaptors - that is your graphics, sound video and audio controllers and probably your network adaptor.
There may be others to update.

Ensure you go Microsoft of course and install all updates, particularly SP3.

In respect of the IE page, if you still have issues, rmembering that you may also have to update IE, you really want IE8 but certianly no less than IE7 - go View on the menu bar and use Text size and Zoom as you wish.
 
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Rather than change Resolution or DPI settings, maybe just change the font sizes for those items:

Right click the Desktop, click Properties
Click the Appearance tab
Click the Advanced button
In the Item: drop down, select these items and adjust the font size as desired:
Menu for the File Edit ... menu, and text on tabs
Icon for the text in the Address bar, Desktop Icons, Start Menu, text in Windows Explorer
 

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Thanks TheOutcaste (love the name by the way), I think this is just what I need, I need to know which ones apply to the address bar and etc. Which one apply to the start menu and windows ecxplorer tabs? Let me know I think that is my problem I don't know which one applies to the issues and I go in and mess up everything.
 
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Theres only two for what you've mentioned:
In the Item: drop down, select these items and adjust the font size as desired:
Menu for the File Edit ... menu, and text on tabs<---This setting effects the Menu and text on IE tabs

Icon for the text in the Address bar, Desktop Icons, Start Menu, text in Windows Explorer<--- This setting effects most everything else
Before going to the Appearance tab, click the Theme tab, and if it shows in the list as (Modified), save it with a unique name, then you can revert easily just by switching back to that theme. If it doesn't have (Modified) after its name, it's already saved under the name shown.
 

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Rather than change Resolution or DPI settings, maybe just change the font sizes for those items:

Right click the Desktop, click Properties
Click the Appearance tab
Click the Advanced button
In the Item: drop down, select these items and adjust the font size as desired:
Menu for the File Edit ... menu
Icon for the text in the Address bar, Desktop Icons, Start Menu, text in Windows Explorer, tabs, etc
Theres only two for what you've mentioned:


Before going to the Appearance tab, click the Theme tab, and if it shows in the list as (Modified), save it with a unique name, then you can revert easily just by switching back to that theme. If it doesn't have (Modified) after its name, it's already saved under the name shown.
Ok I understand which one is for the file edit and etc. but which one applies to the start menu? and the tabs?
 
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Opps, could have sworn the size of the text on tabs was included with the Icon setting, it seems to be set with the Menu item. I'll edit that.

Icon effects all of these:
Start Menu
Address bar
IE Links text
Desktop Icons
Explorer text size

ToolTip effects the tool tip popups.

Can't hurt anything by experimenting. Change one setting, click OK, then apply, and check things out. If you don't like it, change it back, or reload the theme you saved. Changes you like you can save as another theme with a different name, then when you get everything the way you like, delete the ones you don't want to keep.
 

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Opps, could have sworn the size of the text on tabs was included with the Icon setting, it seems to be set with the Menu item. I'll edit that.

Icon effects all of these:
Start Menu
Address bar
IE Links text
Desktop Icons
Explorer text size

ToolTip effects the tool tip popups.

Can't hurt anything by experimenting. Change one setting, click OK, then apply, and check things out. If you don't like it, change it back, or reload the theme you saved. Changes you like you can save as another theme with a different name, then when you get everything the way you like, delete the ones you don't want to keep.
Thanks let me try this and I'll post back.
 

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Hi TheOutcaste,
Thanks for the help, I got a lot of it worked out but my only problem is the bar above the address bar which tells you what site you are in with the minimize or expand or collapse and the x to close out is still small along with the taskbar, those are the only two I need to resolve now, is there something else to fix that? Do you know what area I could use to fix my outlook messge fonts?
 
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Active and Inactive Title bar controls the Title Bar. This will also change the size of the Quick Launch and Notification icons.
The minimize, restore, and close button sizes are controlled with the Caption Buttons item.

Are you wanting to make the Taskbar taller, or increase the text size?
Right click the Task bar, make sure Lock the Taskbar is not checked.
Put the mouse on the top edge of the Task bar, (when it changes to a vertical arrow
you are in the right spot) then click and drag up to make it taller.

If you want to change the text size on the taskbar buttons and clock, you have to change the global Font size:
Right click the Desktop, click Properties
Click the Appearance tab
Change the Font Size to Large or Extra Large instead of Normal.
Or you can change the Screen Resolution on the Settings tab
Or change the DPI Setting on the Settings tab, Advanced button, General tab.
 

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Active and Inactive Title bar controls the Title Bar. This will also change the size of the Quick Launch and Notification icons.
The minimize, restore, and close button sizes are controlled with the Caption Buttons item.

Are you wanting to make the Taskbar taller, or increase the text size?
Right click the Task bar, make sure Lock the Taskbar is not checked.
Put the mouse on the top edge of the Task bar, (when it changes to a vertical arrow
you are in the right spot) then click and drag up to make it taller.

If you want to change the text size on the taskbar buttons and clock, you have to change the global Font size:
Right click the Desktop, click Properties
Click the Appearance tab
Change the Font Size to Large or Extra Large instead of Normal.
Or you can change the Screen Resolution on the Settings tab
Or change the DPI Setting on the Settings tab, Advanced button, General tab.
Thanks you have really helped me bring my computer back to normal. I really appreciate it, my eyes thank you as well
 
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