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I’m frustrated

How to make it bigger?

Is it possible to increase the font size for the entire Thunderbird overall look when viewing it on screen? Everything is so small.
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  • I’m frustrated from straining my eyes.
    I, too have this problem.
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  • The 'proper' answer to this would be to use a theme with a larger font. But I've googled for 'hi-vis' 'low vision' and 'accessible' themes - and not found any. But you might have a look too.

    Maybe an 'employee' here can suggest a theme.

    The other way is rather geeky - more suited to the technical-minded and curious rather than the ordinary user.

    You can see what's involved in this post:
    http://eriwen.com/css/tweaking-thunde...

    I think that's for Thunderbird 2 and I think that some of his changes might not work in TB3 - but it'll either encourage you - or you'll know it's not for you.

    I tried this userChrome.css in TB3 - it should work in TB2. It seems to make everything bigger OK.

    /* Change all font sizes */
    * {font-size: 16px ! important ; }

    Change the font size to suit.
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    • Denise: I did say that the my solution was rather technical. The email carrier is irrelevant. What do you get for $48 - just curious? Mozilla is a free software supplier not a service. I am simply a user, not an employee. Most email can also be accessed by webmail using Firefox which has hi-vis themes. Have you tried that?
    • It was a Thunderbird technical support website and I have no clue what they offered. I was not about to pay $48 for a tech answer that should be free, without a guarantee of problem resolution. I did not have this "miniture" font problem until I downloaded their 3.1 update. Received an E-mail from Thunderbird in which they stated that it was MY FAULT and I needed to reset my fonts for my computer and also the percentages. I am set at 150% already. And I don't have a problem with miniturized fonts on ANY other program. I wonder how well this company will do with this kind of service: a noreply allowed E-mail. Lousy service for an American company based in Mountain View, California. No, I don't have Firefox. Some brousing sites won't accept Firefox. I do a lot of research online, so I never explored their webmail. There are a number of E-mail providers I can try and no doubt will. My Windows 7 came with an E-mail program, which within a month corrupted. Lots of bugs in Windows 7, but seems to finally be improving with a lot of updates Microsoft keeps sending. (Got 14 the other day.) 7 used to crash at least twice daily. Not happening now. I do feel this font issue is a Thunderbird problem that they need to correct.
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  • Has anybody told you how to do this yet? I'm going cross-eyed! I tried to make every font on my computer to 150% and that fixes the emailing problem but then everything else on my computer is distorted and too big.

    Sharon F.
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  • Fred, I share your frustration. For now I just hit Ctrl and + to make the type bigger during each session. Works for a day. I don't know why these people had to take away the few things that made TB good and easy to use.
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  • Sorry, I'm no Dr., but I do have a suggestion for making TB easier to read. Select tools, options, display; under display, select 'advanced' by default fonts; uncheck 'allow messages to use other fonts' and the 'when possible...' box; at this point I set minimum font size to 20 and the other two selections to 24, which seems to work for me. At least the message text is bigger.

    There is also a way to make the subject lines bigger.
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    I found this answer elsewhere on the forum. ( Search for "tabs, icon, mail toolbar are too large in thunderbird 3.0" Thanks to "arrow 007" for the tip)

    When you find the layout.css.dpi entry right click on it to change the number. You can experiment with different numbers to find the size that is right for you. I set mine to 240 and it worked for me.

    Arrow007 replied 7 months ago
    Go to Tools>options>Advanced>Config Editor
    Find the Entry layout.css.dpi
    Change the setting from -1 to 120
    Your problem will be solved.
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  • i am not really having a font size problem w/ thunderbird...i think it is a/ my new puter w/ os windows 7,,,,,,no matter what i try, i can't get the page to fill the screen??? and if i zoom in, i have to scroll across the screen to see everything,,,, i do not like windows 7,,,,i haven't downloaded tb 3,,,so am not experiencing small font issues in my emails..
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  • I’m frustrated
    Thanks to all of you who have responded to my question on font size. I'm afraid some was too technical for me to understand. First I should say: I have a new Dell and Windows 7. Haven't even figured out all this computer and Windows 7 can do. Win 7 has improved with the constant updates Microsoft has been sending. They still have a way to go, but at least I'm not crashing twice a day!

    Here's what I'm doing to address the outgoing tiny font issue. (INCOMING MAIL IS STILL A PROBLEM.) Up in the left hand corner where it says, "Body Text," I use the Header 1 setting.

    Now I have to warn you: sometimes this holds for an entire letter, other times it pops back to the tiny font when you start a new paragraph. You have to reset.

    I can only say: I wish the people at Thunderbird would read about our problems. I never had this problem until I downloaded their 3.1 update. I don't what they did to screw up a perfect working program to this disaster.
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    yes, how does one increase font in the subject lines

    thanks
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  • You can control the font size of things displayed on your computer, including Thunderbird. (On Windows XP) Here's the path I take: Start - Control Panel - Display - Appearance tab - Advanced button. This puts you in a box called 'advanced appearance'. This is where you can control the fonts displayed and the font sizes you see on your computer. The window shows the different sections of text displayed on your screen, called by their official names. They are all listed under 'Item'. scroll down to the one named 'message box'. If you increase the font size here you will magnify Thurnderbird. Using the others you can customize your desktop. Have fun! Joe
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