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Ralph Barhorst
03-15-2010, 3:19 PM
My eyes are getting old and weak. Therefore, I use the commands that Bill Gates gave us. There are two different ones that I like to use.

1. Hold the control key down and roll the roller on your mouse away from you. Each click on the mouse roller magnifies the screen a little bit. Keep rolling until the screen display is as big as you like. Of course, rolling the mouse toward you will make the screen display smaller.

2. This F11 function key command will remove the junk menus from the screen giving you a full screen. This is especially helpful is you plan to stay on one website for quite a while. The menus will return momentarily if you move your mouse arrow to the top of the screen. Hit F11 again and the menus come back.

Try it, you will like it.

Belinda Williamson
03-15-2010, 3:24 PM
By golly, I learn something new every day. Thanks, Ralph!:)

Al Navas
03-15-2010, 3:48 PM
As an alternative, <CTRL> + <Numeric Keypad PLUS>. I find it a bit easier than using a cranky wheel on an old mouse... ;) To make it smaller, <CTRL> <Minus>


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Lee Schierer
03-15-2010, 3:54 PM
By golly, I learn something new every day. Thanks, Ralph!:)

That makes two of us.

Chris Padilla
03-15-2010, 4:46 PM
As an alternative, <CTRL> + <Numeric Keypad PLUS>. I find it a bit easier than using a cranky wheel on an old mouse... ;) To make it smaller, <CTRL> <Minus>


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Hmmm, who is the cranky one, Al?! :p

Jim Rimmer
03-15-2010, 5:11 PM
Does this only work on webpages? Doesn't seem to work on SMC.

BTW, Lee, nice new avatar.

Ralph Barhorst
03-15-2010, 5:22 PM
Jim, It works on SMC, at least on my computer.

Mitchell Andrus
03-15-2010, 6:27 PM
Works on Word too.
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Eric DeSilva
03-15-2010, 7:34 PM
Does this only work on webpages? Doesn't seem to work on SMC.

BTW, Lee, nice new avatar.

Jim, while the Ctrl-scroll seems to have been adopted by a number of pieces of software for increasing font size (I think it is actually zooms on both Photoshop and Sketchup, so it isn't 100%), it is usually controlled by the program you are running. What browser are you using?

I'd also note, for those with bad eyes, that there is a accessibility option in the Windows control panel that will use high contrast fonts if checked.

Belinda Williamson
03-16-2010, 7:29 AM
Any other tips or tricks to share with one who is TC (technology challenged)?

Curt Harms
03-16-2010, 8:25 AM
but they work in ubuntu Linux, Open Office & FireFox as well.

Dave Johnson29
03-16-2010, 10:51 AM
If you are using Firefox, and who wouldn't be, use Ctrl+(Ctrl and Plus sign) to make bigger, Ctr- (Ctrl and Minus sign) to make smaller. Use Ctrl0 (Ctrl and Zero) to go back to where the web designer had it.

Either that or go to Control Panel and change the font size that Windows uses for *everything*.

OR get new glasses!

Jim Rimmer
03-16-2010, 1:30 PM
Jim, while the Ctrl-scroll seems to have been adopted by a number of pieces of software for increasing font size (I think it is actually zooms on both Photoshop and Sketchup, so it isn't 100%), it is usually controlled by the program you are running. What browser are you using?

I'd also note, for those with bad eyes, that there is a accessibility option in the Windows control panel that will use high contrast fonts if checked.
I'm using MS Internet Explorer. Funny, if I do it while looking at Ralph Barhorst's post, the Tipp City under his sig gets bigger but nothing else. Works in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Mike Cruz
03-16-2010, 1:39 PM
Sill gooses (I mean geese), you have it all wrong. Stop using keys on your keyboard and buttons on your mouse to make your screen bigger. Actually MAKE your screen BIGGER! I have my computer hooked up to my 65" plasma... It don't get much bigger than that! ;)

Brian Kent
03-16-2010, 4:06 PM
Similar in the Mac world. On the new laptops you put two fingers together on the touchpad and move them apart to make things bigger, move them back together to make things smaller.

Jim Rimmer
03-16-2010, 5:18 PM
Similar in the Mac world. On the new laptops you put two fingers together on the touchpad and move them apart to make things bigger, move them back together to make things smaller.

A Vulcan move? :p

Belinda Williamson
03-16-2010, 6:09 PM
A Vulcan move? :p

Yes Jim, it allows one to live long, and prosper.

James Stokes
03-20-2010, 3:33 PM
If you look down at the bottom of your screen, in the bottom rt corner of the tool bar. You have your scaling menu. It will be at 100 click on that and it will increase your screen scale by 25 percent each click. Click on the arrow beside that and you have your scaleing menue open.

Dave Johnson29
03-20-2010, 4:39 PM
at the bottom of your screen, in the bottom rt corner of the tool bar. You have your scaling menu.

I think you will find that is dependent on the video card and the driver that the card manufacturer wrote for it.

There usually is an icon for the video driver which will allow changes on the fly, but generally that will be changes to pixel resolution. The problem with changing that is that most if not all LCD screens are optimized for a single resolution so going up or down means a significant loss in sharpness. If you (still :)) use a CRT monitor then changing pixel resolution is no big deal.

I love my 19" CRT! :D

john brady
03-26-2010, 5:13 PM
Hi Bill,

There is a feature in Windows that most people don't know or ever use, but I always show it to my elder challanged computer clients.

(in Windows) click START > Programs > Accessories > Accessability . then "Magnifier".

Once open, it adds a block at the top of your screen where anyplace you move you mouse over is magnified. The first time you use it, it also gives you a customization box to select how you want it to look and show.

Hope this helps...John

David Prince
03-26-2010, 5:54 PM
Sill gooses (I mean geese), you have it all wrong. Stop using keys on your keyboard and buttons on your mouse to make your screen bigger. Actually MAKE your screen BIGGER! I have my computer hooked up to my 65" plasma... It don't get much bigger than that! ;)

That would work good for internet porn!:eek: lol