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Everything on screen is TOO SMALL!?! Help!

by kstrieg / June 12, 2005 3:13 PM PDT

This will hopefully be an easy question for some nice person to answer. Happy Just got a HP Model # A804N, all font and screens, desktop icons, etc. are way too small. The font is about 6, all of the icons are tiny too. I changed the dpi but it only changed the font size. On my other computer this was an easy fix, but on this one I can't figure it out??? I've been messing with it for 2 days and still haven't found the trick. Please help!! My eyes can't take it anymore!! Wink

Thanks in advance and let me know if you need anymore info about my PC.

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K, Have You Tried...?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 12, 2005 3:25 PM PDT

RIGHT click on a blank area of the desktop, choose "Properties", then click on the "Settings" tab. Once that opens, move the "Screen Resolution" slider to the left..maybe 800 X 600 is appropriate for you? Click on "Apply", then Ok. If the machine is set to choose Yes, or No, as to your approval, choose "Yes".

Hope this helps.


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Sorry, but that answer is bogus
by Theimer1966 / June 6, 2016 12:35 PM PDT
In reply to: K, Have You Tried...?

Why should a person have to sacrifice screen resolution to be able to read text? That being said, a few days ago on my HP Laptop, (Win-10) I started seeing the tiny text in my desktop toolbars. The toolbars are links and desktop. I have been using 10 for several months and the tiny font issue just started. It isn't always too small. It switches between that and it's normal readable size. The same thing is happening in web pages. Sometimes the address bar is tiny and the context menu is almost too small to read. I checked all the relevant settings and changed them to see if it made any difference. it did not. This issue is a problem, maybe a virus or adware. It is not a settings issue. My display, dpi, and other settings are the same as before the problem started. I ran Malwarebytes last night and it found 250 objects from Frontier Arcade. I removed them and when I restarted the fonts were normal size. Today they are switching back and forth, again. I ran Malwarebytes again, but this time it found nothing. If the only answer you at cnet can give is a simple one, don't bother. Those are plentiful on the web. How about being the first to actually investigate this issue and find the real answer.

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Did you notice the date of that conversation?
by Steven Haninger / June 6, 2016 12:58 PM PDT

It's from 2005 and so the questioner probably has an XP or earlier OS. The answer may be very appropriate in that case. Good luck finding a solution to your problem and I especially wish you good luck in finding anyone who will help a person who's prone to be critical of any responses he might get.

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Good spot Steven.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / June 6, 2016 1:08 PM PDT

Locking this 2005 Thread.

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look at the date
by renegade600 / June 6, 2016 1:08 PM PDT

"If the answer is the simple one, dont bother"

1. the post you responded to is 11 years old
2. you start with the simple ones because most of the time the problem only requires a simple answer
3. it give the helper a starting place since they are not sitting in front of your computer and certainly dont have esp so they dont know what you tried, or your ability.
4. there is something called net etiquette, the point is, if you want help, dont insult those who may be able to help.
5. if you want help, start your own thread instead of hijacking another. Sometimes it gets confusing and the help provided for others may not help you and could possibly damage your system.

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Hope this helps
by hendos4 / June 12, 2005 11:12 PM PDT

There is a program called "EASY Read" at the following site address:

It will place a + sign & a - sign on the top explorer bar that will enable you to enarge what ever is on the screen in explorer. ( I can not remember if two other symbols were placed on my tol bar at the same time, one called power word (looked like a book) & the other looked like a plant.
If they are placed on the bar when you install Easy Read right click on the tool bar beside one of the symbols and click properties and in the box the appears look on the right side for the symbols them click remove, they will then be taken off the tool bar.

Hope this helps you

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