WINDOWS 7 FONT SIZE BUG


As explained on this page with further information here, a "feature" in Windows 7 may cause problems for some programs in certain conditions.

Basically, if you have a high resolution screen at install time, Win7 will install a larger font set (125%) by default. If you then choose go back to the standard font size (100%), Windows will keep some of the large fonts even though everything else is adjusted for standard fonts, causing programs that use these fonts to break because the text will not always fit inside the GUI.

THE SOLUTION


By editing the Windows registry you can get the original, intended fonts back:
  • Open the start menu and type regedit and then press Enter.

  • Locate the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

  • Find the value MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24

  • Change from SSERIFF.FON to SSERIFE.FON

  • Find MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24

  • Change from SERIFF.FON to SERIFE.FON

  • Finally find Courier 10,12,15

  • Change from COURF.FON to COURE.FON

  • Restart your system in order for the changes to take effect!


The exact font names may vary depending on locale settings. Use these tables for reference:

MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24
SSERIFF.FONSSERIFE.FON
SSERIFFE.FONSSERIFEE.FON
SSERIFFG.FONSSERIFEG.FON
SSERIFFR.FONSSERIFER.FON
SSERIFFT.FONSSERIFET.FON
SSEF1255.FONSSEE1255.FON
SSEF1256.FONSSEE1256.FON
SSEF1257.FONSSEE1257.FON
SSEF874.FONSSEE874.FON

MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24
SERIFF.FONSERIFE.FON
SERIFFE.FONSERIFEE.FON
SERIFFG.FONSERIFEG.FON
SERIFFR.FONSERIFER.FON
SERIFFT.FONSERIFET.FON
SERF1255.FONSERE1255.FON
SERF1256.FONSERE1256.FON
SERF1257.FONSERE1257.FON

Courier 10,12,15
COURF.FONCOURE.FON
COURFE.FONCOUREE.FON
COURFG.FONCOUREG.FON
COURFR.FONCOURER.FON
COURFT.FONCOURET.FON
COUF1255.FONCOUE1255.FON
COUF1256.FONCOUE1256.FON
COUF1257.FONCOUE1257.FON


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