Solved i can't see 6 point font - need to increase size

February 17, 2015 at 19:30:17
Specs: Windows XP, amd 4400 / 2 GB
increase font size of task manager in windows xp
increase font size in tweak ui
i found how to increase the font size in command prompt, but the other two are more elusive

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#1
February 17, 2015 at 23:09:28
Those two have a fixed font size. The Tweakui utility only increases font size in certain Windows elements (which you can do anyway without Tweakui). It can't alter font size everywhere.

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#2
February 20, 2015 at 13:24:52
Poster started a new thread to add information. Have copy/pasted it below:

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From hamoo:
the other place where the font size is too small is event viewer. is that also included in the subset of unchangeable unreadable font size ?
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#3
February 20, 2015 at 13:34:03
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I wonder if your issue is more general and that perhaps all fonts are too small, or maybe everything on the screen. Does your screen resolution setting match that of the monitor? Right click desktop > Properties > Settings tab.

There are other overall possibilities, one of which is to increase the dots per inch (dpi) overall. As above but choose "Advanced button". This will make everything on the screen larger (but don't overdo it).

There are other individual font size settings in XP too. As per above but go to Appearance tab > Advanced.

If you increased the overall size then reduced individuals fonts that are too large it might be a better approach.

6 point is usually quite small. Where are you seeing this figure reported?

I've never had to resort to Command Prompt or TweakUI to set font sizes. It is usually a matter of choosing the right combination of the ideas given above.

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#4
February 21, 2015 at 08:15:48
" Right click desktop > Properties > Settings tab "
" other overall possibilities, one of which is to increase the dots per inch (dpi) "
" other individual font size settings in XP "
( don't forget the invaluable cntrl + )

i have tried all of the above but the there remain the programs where the fonts are so small, i can't read them. they are 1. task manager, 2. tweakui, 3. event viewer.

it never occurred to me to increase the font size using dpi to the point where event viewer, tweakui, and task manager are usable, then alter the fonts elsewhere that are adjustable, mainly because i wasn't sure which applications have fonts that are adjustable and which ones didn't.

so, i will have to try that recommendation : " If you increased the overall size then reduced individuals fonts that are too large it might be a better approach "

yes. that is what i will have to do. funny thing is that i have been looking for this solution for over ten years. why did it take so long to discover (uncover) ? am i just (that) slow ?

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#5
February 21, 2015 at 09:22:16
Bear in mind though that increasing the dots per inch affects everything on the screen, not just fonts. However, with care it can help achieve a balance. The reason I said earlier "don't overdo it" is because some very old programs can end up with the text outside or on the edge of their settings Windows. These are programs that pre-dated dpi adjustments.

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#6
February 21, 2015 at 11:19:50
yes, thanks. i've been needing to also increase graphics size also because solitaire and other board games are too small. i can't see them or distinguish the cards. so the dpi solution is going to be very useful. as far as " some very old programs can end up with the text outside or on the edge of their settings Windows " goes, i am pushing the envelope with xp. it doesn't get much older than that. if i can get those three applications to work with large fonts, that's all that counts!

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#7
February 21, 2015 at 12:38:17
OK, have fun and I hope you achieve a reasonable working compromise.

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#8
February 22, 2015 at 14:57:46
i was pleasantly surprised to find out that i can now also read the calculator.

although the minus ( - ) sign still looks like a dot ( . )


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#9
February 22, 2015 at 16:07:15
Yeah, that calculator has always been too small on any modern computer. I have a larger one but I can no longer find it in Google - there are many dubious websites. It might be something I worked out years ago using "resource hacker". Anyhow, you are welcome to it if you wish. It is a single exe file and it just works straight from the file without being "installed" as such. You just make a shortcut to it somewhere.

If you want it do NOT put your email address on here (hackers find them on open forums). Just send it direct to me as a private message. If you are not sure where it is this link will take you to your own:
http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/my...
Use my name exactly as give (with capital D).

EDIT:
I've now uploaded it to zippyshare - no account necessary, see my #14.

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#10
February 22, 2015 at 16:16:53
"but I can no longer find it in Google"
Have a look here Derek, 28 pages of Freeware sorted by date.
http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-search...

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#11
February 22, 2015 at 16:40:55
Thanks John.

The trouble is I have no personal knowledge about any of them. There might well be one there that is suitable but I know for sure that mine fits the bill exactly. It is identical to the Windows one except that it is larger and crystal clear - nothing more or less. As I said possibly I concocted it somehow, or maybe the website has died, but it is far too long ago to remember and I didn't keep any info. I've transferred it from computer to computer and am now using it on Win 8.1. On the larger resolutions it really comes into its own.

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#12
February 22, 2015 at 16:45:31
Thanks Derek, can you email it to me please.

Ta, John.


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#13
February 22, 2015 at 16:57:57
Sure thing. Maybe this is how I did it:
http://www.ghacks.net/2007/11/04/in...

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#14
February 22, 2015 at 18:42:53
hammo

I ended up uploading that big calculator file on zippyshare. You can get it here:
http://www66.zippyshare.com/v/syfKg...

Just hit the Download button to get the file and make a shortcut to it somewhere. If by any chance you get Windows prompt every time you use it, shift Bcalc.exe to a non-system area such as "My Documents" then create a new shortcut to that location.

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#15
February 22, 2015 at 19:05:23
"EDIT:
I've now uploaded it to zippyshare - no account necessary, see my #13"
Should be 14 Derek.

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#16
February 22, 2015 at 19:31:16
Thx John - have edited. Obviously falling asleep.

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