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Reducing Font And Image Size On My Screen

Marilyn from Waukesha, Wisconsin writes:

I have inadvertently clicked on some unknown button that has enlarged everything that I open on my screen to a 22pt font. I have gone into “Control Panel” to “Magnifier” and I haven’t been able to change any settings. I thought that maybe it was a mouse (I have ordered one of your fabulous mice) problem – as my mouse does have a setting that I could press on the right “extra” button and it would magnify temporarily – but now I can’t even do that. Please Help.

The Windows operating system includes several options for changing the size of icons, images, and fonts on the screen. While this can be helpful, if you need text to appear larger, it may also cause problems if words and images become stuck in a setting that is too big or small. Getting the text on your screen back to the proper font size is handled in one of a few different ways, depending on how the size was originally changed.

The simplest method for decreasing font size is to use a keyboard shortcut for whatever program is currently open. For instance, in most web browsers tapping the “Ctrl” and “-“ (minus) keys at the same time automatically reduces the font size, while tapping “Ctrl” and “+” together makes the font appear larger. If the keyboard shortcut doesn’t change the size of your enlarged font, the problem is instead caused by a setting within Windows that needs to be manually changed.

To resolve the problem, open the “Start” menu and click the “Control Panel” button.

The Control Panel

Click the green “Appearance and Personalization” link on the right side of the window, which is located above the “Clock, Language, and Region” heading.

Appearance And Personalization

Open a new menu containing options for changing the size of objects by clicking the green “Display” link at the center of the window.

The Display Window

Locate the entry at the center of the window for the specific size you want to use, such as “100%” for normal size or “125%” for slightly larger images, and click the corresponding radio button.

Changing Image Size

Click the “Apply” button at the lower-right corner of the window to apply the change and set your screen back to its original size option.

Applying Changes

If your text is still too large, there is another setting in the same set of menus specifically for just adjusting font size. Return to the “Display” window containing the radio buttons and click the “Set Custom Text Size (DPI)” link at the left side of the screen.

Opening The Font Size Menu

Open the drop-down menu labeled “Scale to this percentage of normal size” and select the “100%” option. Click the “OK” button to automatically set the fonts on all programs back to their normal scale.

Reducing Font Size

In most cases, this should return all fonts and images to normal size, but you may still experience problems with the Windows “Magnifier” program enlarging images on your screen – even if you previously turned the program off. To ensure the Magnifier tool isn’t running at all times, open the “Start” menu and type “Magnifier” in the search box. Click the entry for the Magnifier tool underneath the “Programs” heading.

Opening The Magnifier

Open the Magnifier tool’s options menu by clicking the blue cog icon located to the right of the “View” button.

Magnifier Options

Click the blue link at the bottom-left corner of the window labeled “Control whether Magnifier starts when I log on.”

Accessing Startup Options

Scroll down through the list of startup options to the heading named “Make things on the screen larger.” Remove the check mark from the box labeled “Turn on Magnifier” to ensure the program isn’t automatically turning on every time you start your computer.

Disabling Magnifier Auto-Startup

Click the “Apply” button to save your changes and then restart your computer.

~ Ty Arthur