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How to make text on your screen larger or smaller in Windows 7

If you are having trouble reading from your screen, Windows 7 can help to better visualize text and other items, like icons on the computer screen, by making them larger. You can accomplish this without having the need to increase the screen resolution of your laptop or desktop computer monitor.

To make text and other items larger follow these steps:

1 Go to Start , type display and press Enter.

2 In the Display options choose one that will be best suited for your needs:

  • Smaller – 100% (default): This is your normal setting that keeps everything at its original sizes.
  • Medium – 125%: This option will increase the text and other items size to 125% of the original size.
  • Larger – 150%: This option will increase the text and other items size to 150% of the original size. Keep in mind that this last setting will only appear on computer monitors or laptops capable of resolution equal or larger than 1200 x 900 pixels.

Windows 7 - Display Options (DPI)

3 Click Apply. Now for the changes to take effect, save any open file, close all the programs, log off and log back in to Windows.

Tip: If you need to temporarily enlarge part of the screen, you can use the Magnifier tool built-in Windows by just going to Start , type magnifier and pressing Enter.[/stl]

This Windows 7 feature is great because it allows you to enlarge the screen text and other items while keeping the optimal supported screen resolution and avoiding blurry text on LCD monitors or laptops.

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  • Bootleg909

    The smallest deault is still too large for me.  How can i make it smaller?

    • mhweb

      Hello Bootleg909 thanks for your comment.
      Yes, you can make it smaller.

      Modifying the Regedit is DANGEROUS, proceed with caution, use at your own risk, the side effects are not known.

      1. Be careful:
      Create a restore point.
      http://pureinfotech.com/2011/02/18/learn-how-to-use-system-restore-point-in-windows-7/

      And export registry to a file to save it.

      2. Edit Registry:
      Go to Start, in the search box type regedit and press enter.
      Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG, Software, Fonts
      Name=LogPixels value is 96 decimal.
      For 90 percent font size, set to 86 decimal.
      For 80 percent font size, set to 76 decimal.

      Close REGEDIT and reboot the computer.

      3. If some text appears too small or blurry try different value or
      return to 96 dpi.

      Thanks,
      I hope this helps!