Going to 120 dpi Messes Up Window Structure--Text and Some Text Functions In A Window Are Often Trun

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Susan, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Susan

    Susan Guest

    One has been able to change the character dpi for a long time. Now that
    screen resolution has grown so much higher--my laptop native resolution now
    is 1920 x 1200--my desire to use 120 (up from 96 dpi) has grown. But on
    experimenting with this I've discovered that along with the larger text size
    the window layout this text must fit in does not adjust for this increased
    size--text gets truncated and even lost. I have one application where so
    much was lost that the 'cancel' and 'okay' boxes were missing. I only
    yesterday discovered that by changing back to 96 dpi all was well once
    again. Of course at 96 dpi all application text size is pretty small if I
    continue to use 1920 x 1200.

    The questions are whether--while continuing to use 1920 x 1200--there might
    be some other way of fixing this problem while using 120 dpi? Thank you.
    Susan, Jan 11, 2009
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  2. Susan

    Chuck Guest

    Some laptops and displays may have an alternative. There are also windows
    "accessibility" features, and "virtual" screen utilities. (the video data
    screen is larger than the display screen) These display part of the screen
    and have a "convenient" way to scroll to other parts. (I've used these in
    the past to deal with large spreadsheets.
    First, there are a lot of apps that don't do well at other than 96 dpi.
    Many are still setup for 1024x768, and really old ones may expect 800x600,
    and possibly 72dpi
    The laptops and display/video cards I'm referring to have a utility that
    allows a "fit to screen" or scaling mode that may or may not help.
    Scaling has a price to pay in that it usually slows down the video response.

    Part of the problem has to do with windows and "older" functionality that is
    still supported, and still used by the apps.
    Chuck, Jan 11, 2009
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  3. Susan

    Susan Guest

    Appreciate the effort and explanation here but I think for me it only proves
    out the complexity of this issue and that I'm much better off keeping the
    dpi at 96 until the whole industry does something about it.
    Susan, Jan 11, 2009
  4. Checking "Disable display scaling on high dpi settings" on the
    "Compatibility" tab for the properties of an executable can sometimes
    help. http://tinyurl.com/5tp2zx
    Eric Tiberius Duckman, Jan 12, 2009
  5. Susan

    DanS Guest

    Susan, it's not that complex at all.

    It has nothing to do with old functionality or anything like that. When
    you increase the DPI to make fonts larger, it affect the fonts, and not
    the controls that use the fonts, like a text box, or a listview. To
    support different DPI's, the developer would need to compensate in the
    programming to adjust the display sizes of those controls. And most
    don't. It's just incomplete programming. Just like programs that put an
    icon on the system, and then Explorer craches, but when it comes back,
    some of the system tray icons may be missing. The developer is not
    accounting for the fact that Explorer may crash, as it is Explorer.exe
    that provides the system tray. All runnning programs are notified that
    the new System Tray has started, and when that happens, an app that
    displays a System Tray icon is supposed to add it there again. But a lot
    of programmers don't.

    You may be best with leaving it at 96 DPI. You can then increase the size
    of the window elements to your liking.

    Right-click the desktop and pick Personalize. Select Window Color and
    Appearance. In the Appearance settings dialog, select 'Advanced'. In the
    Adnvanced dialog, there's a drop down box to select the window element
    you want to change.

    For example, if after setting your highest resolution, the icons on the
    desktop and text is too small, you can select 'Icons' in the drop down
    list, and increase the size, and below the size is the font setting. You
    can increase the font size here as well so when the changes are applied.,
    the cons on the desktop will be larger, and have bigger fonts for their

    You'd need to change a few thing's, like menu size & font, title bar size
    & font, and maybe 'Message Text'. The 'Caption Button' size limits the
    minimum size you can set the title bar to. Oddly enough, the 'Caption
    Button' also dictates the height of the system tray icons. All of these
    are in the drop-down boxes.

    After adjusting the system, any apps that are used in which the fonts
    seem small, I'd look thru their options and see if you can choose font
    sizes in there.

    It may be a bit tedious, but everything will display properly.
    DanS, Jan 12, 2009
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