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    Advanced Appearance Settings - Change Text Size for Items in Windows 8

    Advanced Appearance Settings - Change Text Size for Items in Windows 8
    How to Change the Text Size of Items in Windows 8 Advanced Appearance Settings
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    How to Change the Text Size of Items in Windows 8 Advanced Appearance Settings


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    This tutorial will show you how to change only the text size for specific items in the Advanced Appearance Settings for your user account in Windows 8. This will include the text size and bold appearance settings for the title bars, menus, message boxes, palette titles, icons, and tooltips items.

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    The text size settings for a user are saved in the registry key location below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics




    Here's How:

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Display icon.

    2. Under Change only the text size, select a item you want to change the text size and bold settings of. (see screenshot below step 5)

    3. Select the size you want for the item, then click/tap the Bold box to check (turn on) or uncheck (turn off) it.

    4. Repeat steps 2-3 for any other item you would like to change the text size and bold settings of.

    5. When finished, click/tap on Apply.


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    That's it,
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    That is one of my favourites - I don't have any use for it myself, but plenty of people will -at least someone at MS has had a good idea.

    Whoever it is - they need promoting.


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    It's a good thing indeed, since the old appearance tab with the classic themes (that covered for this up to Win7) is gone, something with the same functionality had to be added somewhere in the UI.

    The custom sizing options for all items can only go from 100% to larger. (the whole UI with window borders and tiles + cursor size changes here)
    I remember back in XP where you could also choose a smaller size (of 75% and even lower 50%) but that would probably mess the looks and was excluded from the options.
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    How to change the text size on windows such as "Personalization"?
    Notice the menu text size vs other text, the text on this image is coming out a lot larger than the actual size - about twice:
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    Edit: Got same problem with Explorer ribbon and menu both.
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    Hello rdwray,

    The Menus item's default size setting is "9" and not bolded. This is what is making the menu and ribbon text larger.

    Hope this helps,
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    I want the menu text large, it is the text in the rest the window that is too small.
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    In that case, you could change the DPI to say 125% to increase the size of everything a bit more to see if that may work for you.
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    Brink, thanks and I am aware of the DPI settings. I guess I am being stubborn at this point in that I want to change the font size of the window text. It looks as there isn't a way to do it to the best of my knowledge; MS eliminated the possibility with their assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwray View Post
    Brink, thanks and I am aware of the DPI settings. I guess I am being stubborn at this point in that I want to change the font size of the window text. It looks as there isn't a way to do it to the best of my knowledge; MS eliminated the possibility with their assumptions.
    In this tutorial there is already an option explained how to modify some font sizes, but ALL of them just like in Win7 are found in the registry.

    Alright then.
    The eliminated things can be returned, in this case - font size to specific missing items.
    But you require a Win7 install or VM from where you can get the exact settings you need, or by modifying the needed entries in the Windows 8 registry.

    If those items work(ed) in one of your Windows 7 installs, go and export those settings from the Win7 registry and apply it to 8.

    What I mean is method 2 from here:
    How to Access “Advanced Appearance Settings” Option and Change Font Size, Color in Windows 8? - Tweaking with Vishal

    In the link above, more particular this part is of interest:
    TIP: These Registry keys are same for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. So to make the task easier, you can boot into Windows 7 and customize the advanced appearance settings using Desktop Personalization window. Then open Registry Editor and take a backup of the above mentioned Registry keys by right-click on them and select Export option. It'll create .REG files. Copy those REG files to Windows 8 computer and run them. The Registry scripts will add those customized settings to Windows 8. Restart Windows 8 computer and you'll see the new settings.
    Good luck
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    Hopachi you are correct, but Windows 8's over writes the registry and returns settings to the values as installed other than the ones that it give you access to change under "Personalization".
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