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Font size on Picasa 3

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Font size on Picasa 3 RReitz 2/7/09 1:47 PM
Upon opening Picasa 3, the screen goes dark for a second and then comes back on in a very enlarged font - everything on the screen is too large.  How can I reduce and return it to the default size?2009-02-23

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2:28 PM  
I think both of your replies are helpful and I have tried changing the resolution (and then had the desktop so large I could only see noses on the people pictured there, and then was able to get the desktop back to normal by using "stretch" on "appearance").  But now the Picasa program  is so large that not everything on the page is accessible - no way to get to the "okay" box at borrom of page, or the exit button at top - no way to reduce the overall size of what I am seeing.  This is ONLY happening on Picasa, all other programs are running smoothly and in good text, picture and font appearance.

Re: Font size on Picasa 3 Don Lind 2/7/09 2:16 PM
There aren't any settings for the fonts used in Picasa's menus and all that.
And, in general, Picasa comes up and runs exactly like any other Windows program.

It kind of sounds like something has changed the Windows screen resolution.

I kind of recall that Vista users had some problems like this in the "early days" of Vista and/or Picasa.
I think Picasa would fire up in some low resolution and they'd get a message from Vista that said they were running in some "mode" until such time as they stopped running Picasa.

Someone else today couldn't get Picasa to run - they were getting the lame popup that said they needed at least 600x800 resolution and 16-bit color... and they were running 1280x1024 and 32-bit color (as I recall).  Maybe similar to what you're seeing...

Are your normal video settings using 32-bit color?
You might try updating your video driver.
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 chanchan 2/7/09 4:19 PM
RR, you could use text, and set the font smaller.  which is good for viewing on the screen, but for viewing on hard copies, sometimes too small.   chanita
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 RReitz 2/23/09 2:28 PM
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 Larrydbt 5/21/09 6:15 AM
I am a Vista user. I am still having a problem that was reported earlier.
Picasa fires up in some low resolution and I get a popup message from Vista that says they I am running in some "mode" that says I need at least 600x800 resolution and 16-bit color... and I am running 1280x1024 and 32-bit color.
Tiny font in the file listing screen been addressed and resolved?
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 BroncoDonny 7/29/09 3:00 PM
I have been using Vista since it came out.  Just today, the font size in Picasa Library became very large.  I have tweeked all that steps I know but it has not solved the problem.  As in other answers, my guess it is something in Vista.  Just before this happened for the first time, I downloaded two current Windows Updates on 7/29/09.  They have been removed but did not correct the font problem.
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 BroncoDonny 7/29/09 3:10 PM
This was the solution to my font size problem in Picasa.

If you have a mouse with a wheel, hold down the CTRL key, and then scroll the wheel to zoom in or out.

If you click the Change Zoom Level button , it will cycle through 100%, 125%, and 150%, giving you a quick enlargement of the webpage.

From the keyboard you can increase or decrease the zoom value in 10% increments. To zoom in, press CTRL+(+). To zoom out, press CTRL+(-). To restore the zoom to 100%, press CTRL+0.

I must have done the reverse of this without knowing it.  In any case, it immediately solved the font size problem where it occurred within Picasa.
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 chanchan 7/29/09 8:11 PM
the time that this happened to me, when the picasa font was enlarged, so was EVERYTHING else.   also the enlargement
affected all the menus in picasa, but not the index and captions.
if that's what's happening to you, in vista, right click on an empty spot of your monitor, click on personalize.   the next page has a bunch of options, on the left side (blue column) it says change font size.    good luck,   chanita 
Re: Font size on Picasa 3 Onion Zwiebel 7/30/09 1:58 AM
I've got an old monitor (not a flat screen) that randomly makes programs appear large, then it pops back down to normal. Maybe it's your monitor. Just a thought.