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Unable to change magnification from huge to normal

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    Unable to change magnification from huge to normal


    Just so you know, I'm almost 77, female, and NOT computer savvy.

    I recently bought a new laptop with win8. I slowly got to grips with it, but then it offered to update to 8.1, so I let it. A few minor changes that I could see, but no issues, and I have been using it for some days. It was fine when I turned it off yesterday.
    This morning, I turned it on (normal screen), went to look at my emails and the magnification was HUGE. Nothing I tried altered it, except to move from from huge to enormous and back. So, I went to some other chat rooms and they were the same - huge, so I have to keep using page up, page down, and struggling to find the scroll bar at the bottom to go from side to side to read a line of text. I am typing this on my old desktop, and I'm glad I still have it!
    Can anyone tell me what to do to fix this, please?

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    Hi Fljotsdale,

    Is it only the browser where the magnification looks huge? Does the desktop look OK? If so, please tell us which browser you are using.
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    Also, please tell us if you are launching the browser from your desktop or start menu (metro) view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Hi Fljotsdale,

    Is it only the browser where the magnification looks huge? Does the desktop look OK? If so, please tell us which browser you are using.
    No, Desktop and Start look just as normal. Um... browser? Internet Explorer. The one with the big e on the ap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Also, please tell us if you are launching the browser from your desktop or start menu (metro) view.
    Start menu.
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    Windows 8.1


    Ah, the big E on the app...

    OK, I'm going to point you to a "how-to" and see if that works for you. Its fairly simple but if you run into any issues, I will write you a step-by-step but that is already included in the guide. See if this works for you:

    Internet Explorer Modern Zoom Level - Change

    BIG HINT: You can control the zoom level by simply using your keyboard as follows:

    From the keyboard, you can increase or decrease the zoom value in 10% increments. Press CTRL++ to zoom in. To zoom out, press CTRL+- to zoom out. Press CTRL+0 for 50% zoom level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Ah, the big E on the app...

    OK, I'm going to point you to a "how-to" and see if that works for you. Its fairly simple but if you run into any issues, I will write you a step-by-step but that is already included in the guide. See if this works for you:

    Internet Explorer Modern Zoom Level - Change

    BIG HINT: You can control the zoom level by simply using your keyboard as follows:

    From the keyboard, you can increase or decrease the zoom value in 10% increments. Press CTRL++ to zoom in. To zoom out, press CTRL+- to zoom out. Press CTRL+0 for 50% zoom level.
    Wonderful! The CTRL+- worked beautifully! The little windows basics leaflet said 'Windows key +-', which is what I was doing fruitlessly. Thank you so much!
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    Windows 8.1


    Hi again Fljotsdale,

    You are quite welcome and glad you got it working!


    Best regards,

    my2cents
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    Windows 8.1


    And thank you for that acknowledgement as well.
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    You are welcome
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