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#445044 - 12/14/17 05:59 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font
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Well I updated Windows to the latest build, it took from mid afternoon to way past midnight.

All my settings were gone, the apps pinned to the start menu and so on.

What I'm trying to restore is the system font in file explorer.

I had a bold typeface, probably Verdana, and now it is not bold and hard to read. In the past I could figure out how to change the font, but now I'm flummoxed.

Any clues?

Thanks,
Bob
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#445063 - 12/14/17 08:03 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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What operating system are you using, Notes? Knowing would help us inform you smile
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#445065 - 12/14/17 08:24 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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Windows 10, latest release. I haven't found where to get the release number yet. Things are not in the same place they used to be.

I used to be able to go to the Control Panel and find Display Settings -- I found Display Settings with a right click on the desktop, but can't find where to change the font for the icons, file explorer, and drop down menus to bold typeface. It's all I need as I'm farsighted.

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#445070 - 12/14/17 08:31 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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Bob -

To get the version and build of Windows you are using, just open a command prompt and type: winver
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#445074 - 12/14/17 08:37 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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To change the size and boldness of text for various elements, right click on the desktop and select "Display Settings" from the popup menu. When the window comes up, click on "Display" in the left hand navigator, then click on "Advanced display settings" on the bottom right of the window. Scroll down the new window until you see "Advanced sizing of text and other items". Click on that, and from there, you can redefine the text size and boldness (but not the font used). The following elements can be changed:

  • Title Bars
  • Menus
  • Message Boxes
  • Palette Titles
  • Icons
  • Tooltips


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#445126 - 12/14/17 12:45 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: jford]
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Hi Bob,

Do you have the Windows icon (usually at the bottom left hand side). If so do a right click and select Run. In the run box type "winver" (without the quotes) that should show you the version.

What I would do is shut down and once it is completely shut power on again, log in and pray.

When you power up you might get a little box telling you it can't find your profile let it sit there a while minute or two then press enter. With any luck the log in screen will appear. Let that sit for a minute or so then log in.

Make sure you keep the Windows.old file whatever you do if all else fails you might need to restore and the Windows.old is the restoration point.

Hope it works out

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#445160 - 12/14/17 03:48 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: jford]
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It's WINVER: 1709 OS Build 16299.125

Originally Posted By: jford
To change the size and boldness of text for various elements, right click on the desktop and select "Display Settings" from the popup menu. When the window comes up, click on "Display" in the left hand navigator, then click on "Advanced display settings" on the bottom right of the window.


That's what I tried via some instructions on google, but there is no "Advanced Display Settings" in the window of this build. There was on the version I just replaced.

More googling and I think I'm SOL.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=advanced+d...s=1513294681990

It says:

Select Start
Windows logo Start button
and select Settings
Gear-shaped Settings icon
> System > Display.
If you want to change the size of your text and apps, use the dropdown menu under Scale and layout. In Windows 10, you can no longer change the text size of a specific item.


(the bold type above is mine)

So I guess I can't make them bold either. That's all I really need.

Very rude indeed.

I can just change she size of all the fonts. At bigger sizes they create other problems.

Microsoft is getting more and more like the things I don't like about Apple. they are hiding things from the user and not letting us adapt the tool to our needs.

I've been farsighted since I was a teenager. Small, thin fonts are food for eyestrain.

Well, if there is nothing I can do about it, I'll just have to deal with it. I'm using a laptop (ThinkPad) but I can connect an external monitor if I find it too difficult to cope with.

Thanks for all your help.

Bob


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#445176 - 12/14/17 05:19 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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#445411 - 12/15/17 07:25 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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Thank you Larry. This looks like it might save the day.

Pardon me for taking so long to say "Thanks" I just got on-line. I went up to see the SpaceX launch and landing, and stopped off at my sisters on the way back. First day off in a loooong time.

I'll download it, make a disk image, and try it out.

Take care,
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#445509 - 12/16/17 08:29 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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I've always wanted to see a take off. I've read that when the Saturn 5 or a Shuttle took off not only could you see and hear it but feel the vibrations in your chest.

I would imagine seeing a stage 1, automated landing is in a class by itself. Surely amazing times we live in.
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#445641 - 12/17/17 05:02 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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I've done the shuttle a dozen times, it's worth the >100 mile (one way) trip up north. Night launches are really spectacular. It was loud but you really can't get close enough for ear damaging volumes. Security is tight (and rightly so). But even a couple of miles away it's truly awesome (and I don't use that word unless it's deserved).

This is the first time I've seen a first stage land. It was like a "Flash Gordon" moment. The rocket went up, the exhaust flame was a different color from the shuttle, We followed it with the binoculars, watched the first stage get jettisoned, it fell away and disappeared behind a wispy cloud.

So we were standing there, scanning the sky (I met a couple from Suriname and another from England) watching for close to 10 minutes. None of us knew just where it was going to land.

Then someone pointed and said "There it is!" and the rocket did a few second burst of flame orienting itself, the flames quit, it descended and then the flames started again as it slowed down in that vertical position.

Then we got the twin sonic booms.

And I remember the old Mercury days when the capsule splashed down in a target area as big as the ocean and the service ships would have to go fifty miles or so to get to it because we couldn't control the landing any finer than a few hundred mile target. And now they can land on a dime. Amazing.

When the space shuttle was in service, as it passed on the way to the cape, we would hear the twin sonic booms and we'd know she was home.

If you ever get there, take the tour, watch the IMAX movie and enjoy the exhibits. IMO it's worth the money to do at least once.

It was a great day.

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#445693 - 12/17/17 12:20 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Larry Kehl]
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This worked perfectly.

First I had to backup, but after the Creators Update, Acronis wouldn't recognize my external drive. I e-mailed Acronis, today they answered, that I have to simply reselect the drive. I guess even though it showed, something between Acronis and Windows wasn't complete (layman's guess). Re-selecting allowed me to backup.

If you have Acronis and get updated to Creators, note this.

So I just got done installing that A+changesize.exe nudged the font size up 2 ticks and made it bold, and now it's perfect for these farsighted eyes on a hi-rez screen.

Thanks again Larry.

Bob
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#445943 - 12/18/17 05:51 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Updated Windows, lost settings how do I change file explorer font [Re: Notes Norton]
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OK now the the problem is solved and we got off on a Kennedy Space Center tangent, here is my best KSC story.

We went up for a night launch of the shuttle and didn't want to park in the place where we usually do for day shots, so we drove up US1 to the causeway that leads to the space center.

It was blocked off, and we on the exit ramp to ask the guard where a good place to watch a night launch might be.

She looked around, moved the barricade and said, "Go in".

It took us to the viewing area you see on TV. With the bleachers where the press sits, near the news cameras, and that giant digital clock.

We've never been this close for a launch, and the shuttle is up there with spotlights on it at night, looking like a sci-fi movie.

We think, "Wow! We're really IN!"

And the clock tics down and right before the launch it stops. I remember 10 seconds, Leilani things it was 3. The 7 second difference doesn't matter. The launch was scrubbed over a computer problem.

And we were sooooooo close.

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