Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else

  1. Hairy Scot's Avatar
    Posts : 228
    Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.746
       #1

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else


    I have found a number of items on this topic but as yet have found nothing that solves the problem.
    It seems that the "text only" options that were available in earlier builds of Windows 10 have, as happens with most useful features, been phased out in subsequent builds.
    There are one or two third party "font change" solutions but unfortunately those seem to have other undesirable side effects.
    At the moment "Display settings/Change size of text, and other items" seems the best bet but it results in "the other items" being too large for my taste.
    Is there an answer to this problem?
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  2. Posts : 299
    Windows 10 (2), Win 8.1 (1), Win 7 (1)
       #2

    Have you tried "Settings" > "Ease of Access" > "Display" > "Make text bigger"? You need to be on v1809 to be able to do this.

    JohnD
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  3. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #3

    Hairy Scot said:
    I have found a number of items on this topic but as yet have found nothing that solves the problem.
    It seems that the "text only" options that were available in earlier builds of Windows 10 have, as happens with most useful features, been phased out in subsequent builds.
    There are one or two third party "font change" solutions but unfortunately those seem to have other undesirable side effects.
    At the moment "Display settings/Change size of text, and other items" seems the best bet but it results in "the other items" being too large for my taste.
    Is there an answer to this problem?
    If the ribbon text is ok with you as is, and you only want to change the font for the items inside of File Explorer, then you need to change Icon font size, but this also changes the font size of desktop icons, as Desktop IS a part of File Explorer.
    Change Icons Text Size in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  4. Callender's Avatar
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    20H2 64 Bit Home
       #4

    You can choose to use a third party explorer. Add on lets you choose font and size.

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-tablacus-explorer.jpg


    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-addons-tablacus-explorer.jpg

    However you would need a few addons including shellexecutehook and configuration is an issue with many options to consider.
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  5. Posts : 1,868
    W10 pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.610
       #5

    Changing font sizes is one of the first things I do with a clean install and Brinks excellent reg files and tutorials allow just that.

    These are the sizes I use:

    Code:
    Current Font Sizes:
    Font sizes.
    
                       AU          CU        All subsequent updates.
    
    Title Bars      11 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold
    Menus            9 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold  (this setting alter top line view such as File/Edit/View etc)
    Message Boxes    9 Bold      9 Bold       9 Bold
    Palette Title    9  Std      9 Std        9 Std
    Icons           12 Bold     14 Bold      13 Bold  (this alters the file explorer view)
    Tooltips        12 Bold     12 Bold      12 Bold
    and it ends up looking like this:

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-untitled2.png

    (note... Palette titles are no longer supported)
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  6. Hairy Scot's Avatar
    Posts : 228
    Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.746
    Thread Starter
       #6

    johnpd said:
    Have you tried "Settings" > "Ease of Access" > "Display" > "Make text bigger"? You need to be on v1809 to be able to do this.

    JohnD
    Cliff S said:
    If the ribbon text is ok with you as is, and you only want to change the font for the items inside of File Explorer, then you need to change Icon font size, but this also changes the font size of desktop icons, as Desktop IS a part of File Explorer.
    Change Icons Text Size in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    Callender said:
    You can choose to use a third party explorer. Add on lets you choose font and size.

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-tablacus-explorer.jpg

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-addons-tablacus-explorer.jpg

    However you would need a few addons including shellexecutehook and configuration is an issue with many options to consider.
    Mooly said:
    Changing font sizes is one of the first things I do with a clean install and Brinks excellent reg files and tutorials allow just that.

    These are the sizes I use:

    Code:
    Current Font Sizes:
    Font sizes.
    
                       AU          CU        All subsequent updates.
    
    Title Bars      11 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold
    Menus            9 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold  (this setting alter top line view such as File/Edit/View etc)
    Message Boxes    9 Bold      9 Bold       9 Bold
    Palette Title    9  Std      9 Std        9 Std
    Icons           12 Bold     14 Bold      13 Bold  (this alters the file explorer view)
    Tooltips        12 Bold     12 Bold      12 Bold
    and it ends up looking like this:

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-untitled2.png

    (note... Palette titles are no longer supported)
    Thank you all for your input.
    I will explore those options.

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  7. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,371
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    Mooly said:
    Changing font sizes is one of the first things I do with a clean install and Brinks excellent reg files and tutorials allow just that.

    These are the sizes I use:

    Code:
    Current Font Sizes:
    Font sizes.
    
                       AU          CU        All subsequent updates.
    
    Title Bars      11 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold
    Menus            9 Bold     11 Bold      11 Bold  (this setting alter top line view such as File/Edit/View etc)
    Message Boxes    9 Bold      9 Bold       9 Bold
    Palette Title    9  Std      9 Std        9 Std
    Icons           12 Bold     14 Bold      13 Bold  (this alters the file explorer view)
    Tooltips        12 Bold     12 Bold      12 Bold
    and it ends up looking like this:

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-untitled2.png

    (note... Palette titles are no longer supported)
    That's the method I used which offers precise control. Setting text sizes used t be far simpler in earlier versions of Windows!

    See here and the related tutorials Change Menus Text Size in Windows 10
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  8. Hairy Scot's Avatar
    Posts : 228
    Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.746
    Thread Starter
       #8

    johnpd said:
    Have you tried "Settings" > "Ease of Access" > "Display" > "Make text bigger"? You need to be on v1809 to be able to do this.

    JohnD
    Upgraded to 1809.

    That sorted it.
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  9. Posts : 71
    Win10 Pro
       #9

    Do you know any way to just increase the font size of the file explorer menu BUT NOT the font size of the file explorer context menu?

    As you can see on this 2 printscreens, the menu font size in 10pt is much too small on my 2560x1440 screen.

    Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-10pt-5.png Increase File Explorer Text Size without increasing anything else-13-10.png

    If I increase the menu size from 5 to 10 (resulting in 13pt) with the tool in option #1, the menu size looks good to me BUT this also increases the context menu size to nearly bold and too big font size.

    How can I adjust only the menu font size, but nothing else?
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