File Name Too Small

Dear Computer Lady,

I purchased a small PC to hook up to my TV. I use it mainly to access web content and watch movies from my desktop.

My problem is that when I use file manager to select a movie the text is too small to read at my viewing distance.

I’ve tried alot of things in control panel and I can’t change the font size or bold it or anything. If I use one tool to make things bigger the program window gets bigger..but I can’t see all data unless I scroll side to side. I’ve been looking for a free/shareware file manager that would allow me to customize the appearance of text …any suggestions?? I can read text on websites just fine.. But windows explorer is a pain.



Dear Rus,

I read your question with interest because I am going to be hooking a computer up to my TV in the next few months as well.

I don’t know of any program that will allow you to change the text size in Windows Explorer, but have you tried the magnifier that comes with Windows?

You can access the magnifier in the start menu. Just go to:

Start ==> Programs ==> Accessories ==> Ease of Access ==> Magnifier

Windows 7 has three different ways you can use the magnifier, you can have it magnify the entire screen (which probably means you will be scrolling back and forth again) You can have it magnify a small box that follows your cursor around, or you can have the magnified portion be in a strip across the top of your screen. You can experiment and see which method works the best for you.

If anyone else has a better solution, I will be sure to let you know.


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    • ron007
    • September 17, 2011

    First, I noticed as I was FORCED to log in to the site you are not using HTTPS. WTF. Why bother with passwords is you won’t encrypt the connection, leaving them open to sniffing?

    In vista, try Control Panel / Personalization / Adjust Fond size DPI. Actually this affects font size on desktop. I’m not sure if it affects explorer too (too many things running on ssytem to reboot).

    Another place to try is still in Personalization, click on Window Color and Appearance / Advanced … button. In the Item drop down, select “Selected Items”. Adjust the font and it’s size (again I’m not sure if it will do the trick.

    I do know one thing that will, reducing the screen resolution will make the text larger.

    1. Hi Ron,

      The reason for the login is simple. When I turn it off, I get dozens of spam comments posted to my site every day.

      Asking for the login reduces them to one or two a week.

      Thank you for your help with the small text.


    • PC Man
    • September 17, 2011

    I would try adjusting the screen resolution size and font size. You can get to these settings by right clicking the desk top and choosing “properties” and then the appearance tab and settings tab. The right combination of a different font size and a different screen resolution size might help.

    • DiggerP
    • September 19, 2011

    I’m writing this from an XP machine and haven’t had a chance to check it for Win7, but for XP it’s easy.
    I could explain it here, but my original source for the answer is here:

    For Win7 ,go to Control panel > Display and select to increase font to 125% or 150% . Not quite as finely
    adjustable as in XP.
    Or much better see here:


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