Display Settings Shortcuts Needed

  1.    11 Jan 2018 #1

    Display Settings Shortcuts Needed

    Because of my vision I need to quickly change display setting between 125, 150, and 175 as well shifting between portrait and landscape orientation -- all without having to call up the Display Settings page.

    Example. I need 175% to clearly see the file tree but that is too much for web browsing. There I use 125 or 150%.

    Some web pages do not adjust for portrait. Clipping from the right and left is common. The only solution is to turn the monitor, a 23 or so inch HP that pivots on a stand, and change the orientation in the Display panel settings. This is a BIG pain. Reducing Firefox magnification restores the edges, but the letters are too small to read easily.

    I have not been able to find a method for creating such shortcuts on the web.

    Does anybody have any suggestions?

    All comments and suggestions will be welcome.
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  2.    12 Jan 2018 #2

    Hi, addressed here but in C#
    screen resolution - How can I change Windows 10 Display Scaling Programmatically using C# - Stack Overflow

    and here for 8.1 in Powershell:
    DPI Scaling in Windows 8.1 via command line - Super User

    Note: a registry change is needed, so then the change needs to be applied.
    It may be restarting explorer would not be sufficient as discussed - therein lies a difficulty.
    Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    There is PowerShell script to change screen resolution which might help. I have no idea if the change it does is immediate on Windows 8.1, but with a bit of luck this script might use the same API as used by the Control Panel applet.

    The complete Set-ScreenResolution.ps1 script is available in the Script Repository, but is too long to reproduce here.
    There may well be a better answer or freeware already 'out there'

    Have you dismissed the built-in magnifier?

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    Then there's this Autohotkey approach to changing resolution not scaling
    Quickly Change Windows 10 Resolution with AutoHotkey TCG
    Last edited by dalchina; 12 Jan 2018 at 08:18.
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  3.    12 Jan 2018 #3

    One option is to set the OS resolution and use NoSquint extension for Firefox.

    If NoSquint is not available as a WebExtension, an alternative is to migrate away from Firefox to a fork that allows NoSquint. With NoSquint, page and font size can be set globally and per site.

    I use this extension with PaleMoon; Basilisk, also from the same forker, is approximately more closer to Firefox, but is pre-Firefox 57 and its WebExtension requirement.
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  4.    12 Jan 2018 #4

    Display Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    - there's that specified for Win 7,8 - you could try it...
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  5.    13 Jan 2018 #5

    I need the highest resolution and sharpest possible. That is why I purchase the HP monitor ( I am thinking about a 4K one).

    The magnifier works but it is clumsy and awkward.
    Scripts and registry changes sound risky, and beyond my competence.
    I installed the current no squint but could not get the right click to work.

    Sounds like there is no balancing the size of the file tree and the FF browser?

    I hate IE but would it work better that FF for my problem?

    This is an accessibility issue. Does anyone know how I can get this in front of Microsoft?
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       13 Jan 2018 #6

    As for the "The only solution is to turn the monitor, a 23 or so inch HP that pivots on a stand, and change the orientation in the Display panel settings" part, used to be desktop publishing such as newspapers used such a monitor, don't know if they are still made. There may be the attachments to fasten a monitor to a desk would have that function, I'd check Staples or OfficeDepot/OfficeMax [one owned by the other].

    A desktop publishing program I like is Serif PagePlus.
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  7.    14 Jan 2018 #7

    I installed the current no squint but could not get the right click to work.
    With PaleMoon, a Firefox fork, NoSquint puts an icon somewhere on the browser window to be accessed to adjust the zoom settings.

    I don't ever use context-menu to access such settings. But then again, I use menu wizard extension to remove many context-menu options.

    If NoSquint still doesn't work, then the default zoom capability, CTRL+scrolling wheel, can mitigate some of the negative visual impacts.
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