How can I enlarge text in drop down menus in PSE8?

by Elizabeth
(Oakland, CA)

Q: I am 75 years old and with new glasses. I have a good 20 inch monitor and in order to see the menus I have to lower the resolution which is counter productive to working on photos. So normally I just squint and strain and get a headache.

A: Sometimes I get a headache working in Elements and I don't even have a problem seeing the type. :-)

Seriously though Elizabeth, there is not a universal setting in Elements that will enlarge the text as far as I know.

However there is a way to quickly enlarge and shrink everything on your monitor. This might work for you.

I work on a Mac and if I hold down the Command and Option keys and press the plus sign key it makes everything bigger each time I press the Plus key. Then to go back down in size I hold the Command and Option and press the Minus sign key.

I searched the internet and it sounds like if you have a PC you can do the same thing using different keys. Hold the Control key and press the Plus Sign key to enlarge. Hold the Control key and press the Minus Sign to make it smaller.

It might seem awkward, but if you used it enough it would probably become second nature.

I hope that helps you Elizabeth.

Good luck,

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Enlarging type menu files in Elements
by: JAW

Hi Elizabeth,

As far as I know you can't make the text larger in your PSE8 drop-down menus in your elements program. But, try this:

This may be a work around for your problem if you are willing to try my method as it involves taking a picture or photo of each drop-down menu in your elements menu bar and enlarging each photo and type within each menu - put all the photos in a new folder and keeping the folder on your desktop for reference.

I too am a Mac person so, if you and others want to follow me on my Mac, I will (attempt to) show you how to make each drop down menu into a larger photo with larger type so you can see what you may want to click on without squinting and having a headache. Please remember - what I am about to show you is only a larger view or photo of the real menu bar and only a representative of a drop-down menu from your menu bar - not the actual menu to click on. Hope I made that clear. This is so you can see larger type in the menus and always have a reference point to look at - I have examples but not allowed to post here.

Now for my Method:

This is for Mac elements programs - If you have a PC, it may or may not work for you.

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Enlarging type menu files in Elements
by: JAW

First, open your elements program - open one of the drop-down menus (important; with the menu still open and using your left hand) - place your left thumb on the command key and your little finger (of the same hand) on the shift key - press and hold both keys down. With your right hand - index finger, click on the #4 key - now let go of the #4 key but keep the left hand thumb and finger in place holding the two keys down (command and shift keys held down). Do not click your mouse until I say so (I will let you know when). Now move your mouse (don't click) to a position over your menu as follows:
Place your mouse curser at one corner of any drop-down menu. Now click and drag the curser diagonally across the menu dialogue until you come to the opposite diagonal corner. Now, let go of all keys. You should now have a photo of one of your drop-down menus on your desktop. Repeat for each drop-down menu on your menu bar you want to see larger until all drop-down menus are on you desktop as a photo - now put all menu photos in a new folder and label the folder - Elements PSE ? menus enlarged.
Now we will enlarge each individual menu so you can see the larger print within each menu.
Click on each menu photo from within the folder - one at a time (not all at the same time - one at a time) and with each menu click (command and +). You can make all your type as large as you want at this time by using the two keys (command and +). Each large typed menu represents or is a larger view of the same menu in your elements menu bar. Go to menu and click "save" for each enlarged shot of a menu.
If your wondering what is in your menu drop-down - go to your large type menu in your new folder and you should have the same info there as in your menu drop-down only larger and alway at your fingertips.

Hope this helps with your vision and menu enlargement type problems. It's no fun not being able to see what is in a menu when the type is too small not matter where the menu is.

Regards, Jim

by: Elizabeth

Works for anything on my monitor BUT PSE8 dropdown menus.

Use of Magnifier
by: Ben

Hi Elizabeth,

I have the same problem and I found the magnifier of great help. You can access the magnifier that you may pin to your taskbar or place a shortcut on the desktop by clicking control panel and then ease of access and ease of access center.


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