Mouseover/Icon text is suddenly huge! Solved

  1.    01 Aug 2016 #1

    Mouseover/Icon text is suddenly huge!


    I noticed recently that text size of the mouseovers on my system changed to a very large size. I'm not sure if I inadvertently hit a shortcut key or something that did this or not, but I can't seem to find where to adjust this text size.

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    I also noticed that this large size also seems to affect a few applications (like PowerPoint, Adobe PDF Viewer, etc.) but not others (like Word, Excel).

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    Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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  2. AndreTen's Avatar
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       01 Aug 2016 #2

    Do you use any magnifier apps?

    Check your settings: Setting / System / Display if it's on 100 %. And in Advance display settings in Control panel if everything is in default state.

    Any other application or just Adobe Reader?
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  3.    01 Aug 2016 #3

    No, I'm not using any Magnifier apps.

    I haven't changed my default settings. They are as follows:

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    ....and here are the setting in Advanced:

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    as noted earlier, I see this also in Powerpoint but not Word or Excel. The following screenshot is of Word (which is all correct and normal sized) against Adobe and Powerpoint both. You can see the obvious differences in font sizes.....

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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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       01 Aug 2016 #4

    Do yo have same settings for both displays? I see you are using two.

    Try to set 100% scaling for both, check if anything changes and then revert back to 125%.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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       01 Aug 2016 #5

    If there is something installed causing the magnifying. You are going to have to look at installed programs in Programs and Features in the Control Panel to check to see if there is any third party software. For the mouse that you are using. You will have to look in the Control Panel in the Mouse app. There should be two listed in the mouse shortcut. One for a touchpad, one for a free mouse that Windows associates with touchpads and handheld mice.

    I am going with something is set to magnify when mouse over. Could be a setting in the settings tool for your display GPU if one is loaded.
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  6.    05 Aug 2016 #6

    I don't see anything via Control Panel --> Programs and Features showing anything related to the mouse (touchpad or other). I have checked all the display settings I can find but see nothing related to magnification that isn't set properly. I've even adjusted the scaling back to 100% gotten out, then went back to 125% but still see the issue.

    Remember, I've noted that it is not just the mouse-overs....there are issues with several program applications as well, but not all of them. The displayed items get huge when I go to save something and select "Save As" also.

    I have checked for recently installed items and the most recent was an update to the Dell Learning Center, which I have subsequently removed. I've even tried something as obvious as holding down the "Ctrl" key while scrolling the mouse wheel to see if it adjusts the size of what I see, but that does not correct my issue either.

    I'm left wondering if there is malware or something that has done this. I've run SpyBot S&D and MalwareBytes to no avail.

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  7.    08 Aug 2016 #7


    Looks like I'm fixed. I went back and adjusted the scaling again but this time did a reboot between each scaling change. Not sure if it was the reboot in between that caused it to work this time or not, but the bottom line is that I seem to be fixed.

    Thanks all for your suggestions and help!
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  8. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       08 Aug 2016 #8

    Glad it works! Whatever it was :)
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