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#1 Ronnie1a

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:28 PM

Rather suddenly all the lettering on my computer has become quite small.  The menu bar, names of my favorites, all the icons on the desktop, including their names, have been reduced to a very small size.  Under "view" at the top of the screen (also very tiny) I found text size and changed it to "larger."  It did enlarge sites I go to, such as email, but had no effect on the desktop icons, list of favorites, etc?

 

Everything still fills out the monitor.  The total picture size is not reduced, just the size and lettering on the icons themselves plus what I mentioned above.

 

The computer is about 3 years old.  This just suddenly happened a few weeks ago.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

Ronnie1a, you did not include your operating system. If it is Windows 7, try this: Start> Control Panel > Taskbar and Start Menu > Start Menu (Tab) > Customize Start Menu > put a check box in "Use large icons", click OK.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:39 PM

Worth a read, http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/is-there-any-way-to-make-the-desktop-icons-even/ab11e83b-31e3-464f-842b-22eb0647f84f .

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

Sorry for the incomplete info.  It is windows XP office.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

I did bring up the start menu-it is so tiny I cannot read it.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:47 PM

Are all the icons on the desktop also smaller? If they are I believe you have changed the screen resolution by accident.

 

If you have an old CRT tube and it is 17" try 1024x768 as a resolution. You will need to experiment with the setting to get to your preferred screen size. Move the slider to less

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-Screen-Resolution-on-Windows-XP



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:59 PM

Just want to add something that has helped me.  Holding down Control, tap the + key.  See if that has any effect.  Hope it does.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:12 PM

In addition to MissLizz's suggestion. Control key and scroll mouse wheel.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

Hello Ronnie1a,

 

Holding down Control, tap the + key.  See if that has any effect.

 

In addition to MissLizz's suggestion. Control key and scroll mouse wheel.

These options are great for web pages, but those will not work for start menu items or the desktop...I'd go with JohnC_21's suggestion about the screen resolution first.

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:39 PM

Nice catch bloopie, I was distracted and missed the part about menu bar. Thank you.

I concur with the suggestion.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:42 PM

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:05 PM


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#13 Ronnie1a

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:44 PM

I just ran Malware and it picked up 3 items.  When I re-booted everything was back to normal.  What the heck was that about?  Anyway, thanks to all for your help and advise.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:46 PM

Hello again,

 

I just ran Malware and it picked up 3 items.

If it's Malwarebytes Antimalware, could you please copy and paste the log of the results here please? The log can be found by clicking on the "Logs" tab at the top, then double-clicking the log that corresponds to the date and time of the scan.

 

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Edited by bloopie, 27 February 2014 - 05:47 PM.





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