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    "Make everything on your screen bigger" - Turn On or Off

    "Make everything on your screen bigger" - Turn On or Off
    How to Turn "Make everything on your screen bigger" On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    09 Jun 2012
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    How to Turn "Make everything on your screen bigger" On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    This will show you how to turn "Make everything on your screen bigger" on or off to make everything on all modern UI (metro) screens (ex: Start screen, apps, PC settings, Charms bar, app Switch List bar) appear larger in only your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    This can be handy if things on your Metro screens are to small to read or tap on.

    This does not affect the size of anything on or running on the desktop except the Touch Keyboard.


    EXAMPLE: Start screen with "Default" or "Larger" Set

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    OPTION ONE
    "Make everything on your screen bigger" in Windows 8 and RT

    1. Open PC settings, click/tap on Ease of Access on the the left side, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

    2. To Turn On "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) On the right side under Make everything on your screen bigger, move the slider to the right, and go to step 4 below.

    3. To Turn Off "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) On the right side under Make everything on your screen bigger, move the slider to the left, and go to step 4 below.

    4. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.

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    OPTION TWO
    "Make everything on your screen bigger" in Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1

    1. Open PC settings, click/tap on PC & devices on the the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Display on the left side of PC & devices, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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    3. To Turn On "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) On the right side at the bottom under More options select Larger under Change the size of apps on the displays that can support it, and go to step 5 below.

    4. To Turn Off "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) On the right side at the bottom under More options select Default under Change the size of apps on the displays that can support it, and go to step 5 below.

    5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.




    OPTION THREE
    "Make everything on your screen bigger" using a REG File


    Note   Note
    This option can be used in both Windows 8 and 8.1.


    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

    LogicalDPIOverride String Value

    0 = Turn off
    1 = Turn on


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Turn On "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Make_everything_on_your_screen_bigger.reg

    download

    3. To Turn Off "Make everything on your screen bigger"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Make_everything_on_your_screen_bigger.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Sign out and in, or restart the PC to apply.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,329
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Shawn, do you have an explanation:

    Booted my desktop today, W8 CP. It goes to Metro GUI as usual, showing normal size tiles in 5 rows. I go to get a cup of coffee, come back, and MEtro is showing these huge tiles in 2 rows. Check the settings, suddenly this Make everything on your screen bigger is on.

    Short: when booted, the Make everything on your screen bigger setting is off, showing normal tiles in 5 rows. A few minutes later, without any actions from my side (not touched the mouse or keyboard), this setting is ON and tiles huge.

    Kari

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    Posts : 19,297
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello Kari,

    That is odd. I'm not sure why it would just decide to turn itself on like that. Do you have any type of all-in-one tweaking type program installed that may be changing it after a delay at startup?

    You might consider switching to the newer W8 RP to see if it behaves better with it.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,329
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I never use any tweakers.

    It is really strange. Twice now: I boot, Metro tiles OK in 5 rows, in a minute or two huge tiles in 2 rows.

    When I just find some time I'm installing RP.

    Kari
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    windows 8.1


    It doesn't work on my Acer W510 Tablet with Windows 8.1, in setting, change PC settings, PC and devices, Display. Under Display, there is more options (change the size of app, text, and others larger), however, the options default/larger was grayed out.

    My resolution is 1366 x 768, and it says is lower than 1280 x 900. Is it the reason why it greyed out? I really want to make the fonts in metro and metro apps bigger, is there any regedit I can enable the default/larger options????

    Thanks for helping.
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    Posts : 19,297
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello kongwong, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It appears that you display doesn't support this feature.

    Have you already tried OPTION THREE?
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    windows 8.1


    I tired, no changes, any solutions?????.........
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    Posts : 19,297
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    I'm afraid there's not much you can do for this option if the display doesn't support it.
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    windows 8.1


    so, is there any ways I can make the windows 8 app fonts bigger by regedit????
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