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Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?

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    Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?


    Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by awindowsdummy View Post
    Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?
    Control Panel > Display > Personalization (lower left corner) >Window Color and Appearance > Advanced appearce settings (under show color mixer)

    click the down arrow in the grey box under Item and showing Desktop

    Start with 'Menu' adjust font size and Bold if you like


    Play around with your choices
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by awindowsdummy View Post
    Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?
    Control Panel > Display > Personalization (lower left corner) >Window Color and Appearance > Advanced appearce settings (under show color mixer)

    click the down arrow in the grey box under Item and showing Desktop

    Start with 'Menu' adjust font size and Bold if you like


    Play around with your choices
    Yes that's where I went and changed every single one but they have no effect on the font size for tabs or address menus. Still unsolved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awindowsdummy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by awindowsdummy View Post
    Is the font size for tabs and address menus changeable?
    Control Panel > Display > Personalization (lower left corner) >Window Color and Appearance > Advanced appearce settings (under show color mixer)

    click the down arrow in the grey box under Item and showing Desktop

    Start with 'Menu' adjust font size and Bold if you like


    Play around with your choices
    Yes that's where I went and changed every single one but they have no effect on the font size for tabs or address menus. Still unsolved.
    What tabs? In browsers?
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    Tabs in BeyondCompare. Their support staff said the fonts are controlled by Windows.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Look through the items here:
    Special Themes (AeroLite and High Contrast variations)

    You'll need one of those customized high contrast themes for text colors and size: test it out yourself. The standard Aero and AeroLite themes don't allow much customization* because they use fixed sizes.

    Get to the hidden values the easy way:
    To get the right values, the best way to do it is to customize a theme (advanced appearance settings...) in XP or Win7 and get it as good as possible (change all changeable font sizes untill you find the right one), then export the theme and apply it in Win8.

    *Note:
    Font sizes can be changed to the standard Aero and AeroLite themes as well.

    Example from Win7:
    -icon font size changes address bar in Control Panel
    Click image for larger version
    If you export (save theme for sharing) this, you can use it in Win8, even if 8 doesn't allow us to make it in it's own interface.

    All the exported items you need (the ones Win7 allows to change through the interface) can be changed in Win8 as well:
    Code:
    [Metrics]
    NonclientMetrics=88 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 23 0 0 0 240 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 244 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0   
    LangID=1033
    
    IconMetrics=76 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 229 255 255 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 144 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 83 101 103 111 101 32 85 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   
    
    
    [Control Panel\Colors]
    Scrollbar=200 200 200
    Background=0 118 163
    ActiveTitle=153 180 209
    InactiveTitle=191 205 219
    Menu=240 240 240
    Window=255 255 255
    WindowFrame=100 100 100
    MenuText=0 0 0
    WindowText=0 0 0
    TitleText=0 0 0
    ActiveBorder=180 180 180
    InactiveBorder=244 247 252
    AppWorkspace=171 171 171
    Hilight=51 153 255
    HilightText=255 255 255
    ButtonFace=240 240 240
    ButtonShadow=160 160 160
    GrayText=109 109 109
    ButtonText=0 0 0
    InactiveTitleText=67 78 84
    ButtonHilight=255 255 255
    ButtonDkShadow=105 105 105
    ButtonLight=227 227 227
    InfoText=0 0 0
    InfoWindow=255 255 225
    ButtonAlternateFace=0 0 0
    HotTrackingColor=0 102 204
    GradientActiveTitle=185 209 234
    GradientInactiveTitle=215 228 242
    MenuHilight=51 153 255
    MenuBar=240 240 240
    This was just an example. Most important of the text items here are allowed to be changed in Win8 as well but there is more control in Win7 for all user levels.
    The changed ones are the hardest ones to read: IconMetrics... but if it looks better on Win7 then you don't need to modify these in Win8 just apply the theme.
    Last edited by Hopachi; 01 Oct 2013 at 12:44.
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    Thanks I saw that too and tried a bit with mixed results. The window title text color does not work for the Windows Explorer windows but does work for other windows. I haven't tried starting from Win 7 yet. Maybe 8.1 will have better customization options?
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by awindowsdummy View Post
    Thanks I saw that too and tried a bit with mixed results. The window title text color does not work for the Windows Explorer windows but does work for other windows. I haven't tried starting from Win 7 yet. Maybe 8.1 will have better customization options?
    At least we've both tried the same options. You're right: explorer doesn't allow colored text but it does allow it in high contrast mode (although is more ugly this way).

    To confirm:
    I'm on 8.1 and the exact same options you have on 8.0 are to be used... nothing related to desktop themes gets better. I've got used to some of my darker themes and high contrast because, there at least, I can play around with text colors and window backgrounds.

    Some other users use WindowsBlinds to allow more customization but I just keep it simple and use basic stuff.
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