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Increasing size of items and text for poor vision

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    Increasing size of items and text for poor vision


    I have poor vision and am struggling to customize Windows 8.1 so I can see it. My eyesight is corrected by glasses, but I see everything about 30% smaller than it is in real life (glasses prescription -9.5). I use a laptop all day for my work.

    Specifically, I need to increase the size of the text on Windows menus and the in-box and folder headers in Windows Live Mail. Larger icons and text on the task bar would be great as well.

    I have installed Classic Shell for the start menu etc and selected Windows 7 as the display type.

    When I set the item size to larger through the display menu, the font size in my Live Mail inbox does increase, although not significantly. BUT: I can no longer adjust the size of the e-mail font using the mouse wheel. When I set the item size back to smaller, the mouse wheel function is restored. So I can't get both a larger font and larger icons in Live Mail.

    Under "change only the text size" on the display menu I have set all of the fonts to 14 pts, which is working well on the desktop but not on the quick launch task bar.

    I don't want to use the magnifier---I need to be able to see a whole page at once, not small parts of it.

    I'm really surprised that under Ease of Access there is no way to make everything on the screen larger, since that is probably a function that many people need.

    Any tips?

    P.S. I'm terrible with technology so if you have a tip please include clear instructions. Thanks for your help!

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by CritterCreek View Post
    Larger icons and text on the task bar would be great as well.

    I have installed Classic Shell for the start menu etc ......
    A picture:

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    If you need more help with the instructions in the picture, just ask.
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    I have no idea what those numbers represent, but I had them set at small 40 and large 60 and they're tiny.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by CritterCreek View Post
    I have no idea what those numbers represent, but I had them set at small 40 and large 60 and they're tiny.
    Sorry it didn't help.

    I'll do more research.

    DPI= dots per inch
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here is a way to get BIG icons to look at.

    I will show how mainly with pictures.

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    This is the best I can come up with.
    I hope it helps.
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    David, thank you, that was beautiful but a bit complicated. Unfortunately my "This computer" doesn't resemble your screen shot, so I can't even find the right starting point (the user button).

    In any case, my problem is that EVERYTHING on the taskbar needs to be larger, including the open windows text. I can't read anything on the taskbar. I usually have a lot of windows open at once (MS Word and IE windows), so this is a problem.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Hit Start > type DPI > Enter > Make text larger > set it to 150% (or at least to 125% if you have a small screen) > reboot.

    I have the same problem - only 40% vision. But that works well.
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    Have you tried..........

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    This can make things really big.
    I tested it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hit Start > type DPI > Enter > Make text larger > set it to 150% (or at least to 125% if you have a small screen) > reboot.

    I have the same problem - only 40% vision. But that works well.
    When I try that I get the message "Can't change the size of items on this display."
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