Input data or auto complete text is too small to read

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by highperf4x4, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. highperf4x4

    highperf4x4 Guest

    I'm having a font issue and after much reading I haven't found a solution
    yet. I'm using IE7 on Vista. The text I see on a webpage looks fine. The text
    I see on menu bars/address bars/search bars, also looks fine. What I'm having
    trouble with is anything that I have to "input" on a webpage. It's too small
    to read and it appears to be a strange font. For example, when I log into an
    account my username and password appears too small to read while I'm typing
    it. It's very bothersome as you can't tell if you've typed something
    correctly or not. They're are a couple of instances where it shows up that
    way on a page somewhere but it "always" does it in any field in which I have
    to "input" data.

    My view: text size is set to "Medium" and changing this has no affect on
    these fields. It only changes to text that appears on webpages. I did make
    one discovery though. When I change the "encoding" from Unicode (UTF-8) to
    Western European it seems to fix the problem (my input text shows up
    normally) but it's only temporary. As soon as I reload, visit another page,
    or open another window it reverts back to Unicode (UTF-8) and the problem
    returns. I've tried using the "Auto Select" after switching but I get the
    same result.

    I am running IE7 on my other machine with WinXP and I don't have this
    problem. View: text size is set to medium and the encoding is Unicode (UTF-8)
    yet input data on that machine appears normal.

    I have just noticed that My Norton bar at the top of this windown has a drop
    down menu in which the text appears normal but 2 "buttons" beside that which
    have this same small and strange looking font.

    Is there an option to change the font that is used for "input" fields?
    highperf4x4, Feb 14, 2009
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  2. Using Zoom seems to be the only adjustment for this.
    FWIW I've seen it in XPsp3 too but I don't remember
    seeing it any more in IE8rc1. It was particularly annoying
    when High Contrast mode was making *everything* else
    bigger IIRC.

    Do you have a particular site to demonstrate it?
    E.g. Live Search seems to be Ok and the web interface
    to this newsgroup seem to be Ok even in HC?

    BTW I'm using IE8rc1 now and don't want to uninstall it
    just to test for these differences but I do know what you're
    trying to describe.


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 14, 2009
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  3. highperf4x4

    highperf4x4 Guest

    highperf4x4, Feb 14, 2009
  4. highperf4x4

    highperf4x4 Guest

    Ok, I just installed IE8 and the problem still exists.
    highperf4x4, Feb 14, 2009

  5. Have you ever played with High Contrast mode?
    (E.g. by pressing LeftAlt+LeftShift+PrintScrn etc.)
    Some of its offerings seem to have some really wacky
    ideas of what is readable regarding font size.
    IE8 just tags along in that case--(I'm just assuming
    it isn't the one responsible for the font selection
    in that case. I would bug it if I thought it was.)

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 15, 2009
  6. hyperf4x4:

    I am having the same exact problem! I don't have problems on my other
    computers, just the one with windows vista. I have uninstalled IE 8 and IE
    7.. reinstalled everything! I have only had my laptop for a year and it just
    started to do this.. you're right with the encoding, but no matter what you
    change it to it goes back to the Unicode UTF8. Let me know what you find out!

    Crystalmarie917, Feb 22, 2009
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    highperf4x4 Guest

    Actually what I did was cheat. I zoomed in a webpage with the crazy font in
    it and then I opened Microsoft Word, typed something on the screen, then
    right clicked it and chose "font" from the menu, resized the windows and put
    them side by side, then I started scrolling the fonts in Word until I found
    the match for what I was seeing in IE. Then! I went to Control Panel, click
    on Fonts, and found the font file and deleted it. Vista then defaulted to
    another font that's not exactly perfect but 100% better than the screwy font
    I was seeing before. I can't remember the name of the font now but I do
    remember having to change the ownership permissions of the font file to
    delete it. I right clicked on the font file name, chose properties and then
    played with the permissions until it let me delete it. It took a few minutes
    since I didn't look up the procedure online! lol At least I can read what I'm
    typing now.
    highperf4x4, Feb 26, 2009
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    Bello, Mar 12, 2009
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