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Are You A Leaner Inner? (aka text too small?)

When I watch people using computers, I will invariably see someone lean forward and get their nose closer to the screen — a “leaner inner”. This is because they are finding the text a little too small, and they didn’t bring their binoculars with them .. and they don’t know that holding down the Ctrl key, and using the mouse scroll wheel will increase (or decrease) your text size.

If your mouse doesn’t have a wheel, Ctrl + “+” (bigger font size) and Ctrl + “-” (smaller) works the same way.

If this is a constant problem for you, please read More tweaks for easier viewing.

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  1. TechPaul,

    I took care of the “leaner inner” with my readers. Great article title by the way (LOL).

    Oh, thanks for the link back…

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I think I first mentioned this tip .. two years ago? But recent events reminded me to put it up again.
      It’s so easy.. and so easy to forget!

      I am happy to be able to point my readers to interesting and useful websites, and What’s On My PC is aces in both categories.

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      Comment by techpaul | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. This only works in internet browsers. I have seen the same thing, but you don’t have much luck on windows (unless you have an accessibility tool activated) for normal applications. On a mac you hold the mac button (looks like some clover thing) and use your scroll wheel. On linux you can set up Compiz for the same thing with the Win/Meta key.

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    Comment by Kloplop321 | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. Kloplop,

    This feature or tip is not limited to browsers. I found it will work in just about any app that has the ability to magnify the font (i.e. PDF viewers, MS Word). You can even use this tip to make your icons bigger on your vista desktop. Click in the middle of the desktop, hold down the CTRL key, use your scroll wheel and the icons can be made bigger or smaller.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 11, 2009 | Reply

    • I know it is not limited to, I didn’t absolutely mean “only”, What I meant was in general. I did not know that about Vista. It seems to do the same in Win7 as I have tested just a second ago. Thanks for telling everybody that. I did not know(about the icon sizing).

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      Comment by Kloplop321 | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. Rick & Kloplop321,
    Ha! You’re both “right”. The “zoom bigger” trick does not work everywhere, but it works in a surprisingly large number of places.

    … and I should have mentioned the other OSes.

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    Comment by techpaul | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. Kloplop,

    Thanks for letting us know that the icon sizing works in Windows 7. I knew it worked in Vista, but not in XP…

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  6. I had this issue with a tech site where I am a writing member and another where I’m co-author.
    They complained that my template is cramped.
    I said this was the cramped literary style where I’m used to and like you, I didn’t change it. They let me be. lol :-)
    Same theme with you and same style too see?

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    Comment by pochp | July 11, 2009 | Reply

  7. Wow,those large icons I love them, (vista) so easy to find the shortcuts that I put on my desktop, easier than keeping stuff in Favorites.
    Thanks Paul
    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | July 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      It makes me happy to hear that someone has enjoyed a tip, tweak, or bit of advice they found here. Thank you for writing in.

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      Comment by techpaul | July 13, 2009 | Reply


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