How to change the font size of the start button in XP

Everway9
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Hi there. Lovely day here in cumbria, england. Hope yours is to. :-)

I have changed the majority of the systems fonts and the text on the start button. I have been using a resourse utility. I want to change the font and font size of the new text i have entered for the start button. I have so far been unsuccessfull.

If you are wondering why i want to do this then i'll explain. I have a Scottish friend. I have been changing window title text and popup box text to match the text in the document  'Windies Twa Thoosan - Weegie edition'  seen here - http://www.glasgowsurvival.co.uk/belters/windies.doc 

If you know any scottish people then you will see why I am doing this. Just for a bit of fun.

I have read many posts on changing the start button text and font but none of them have managed to change the actual font and size.

Any ideas guys?

Many thanks in advance.

P.S. Files edited so far include, Explorer.exe and Luna.msstyles. The 'Shell' registry entries have also been edited.
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anyone??
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Hi jcimarron,

Thanks for your suggestions.

Unless I'm mistaken the eldergeek method only changes the text, not the font or font size. Also the others are applications and still wont change the actual font or font size of the text for the start button. I'm sorry If I did not make myself clear in my post. I really want to be able to get this done by editing the registry, using resourse hacker or any other way of modifying the main core of XP.

Any other ideas? :-)

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Everway9--"Unless I'm mistaken the eldergeek method only changes the text"  Yes, that is why I said what I said about that page.
Applications such as those I suggested make changes in the Registry.

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Sorry, I mis-read your post.

Tclock is a nice utility but so far as I can tell does not make a permanent change to the system. You can have tclock to run on startup but I want to do this without using a utility like that. Is there no way I can do this by using resourse hacker? On the trap17 post someone says use the 'sysedit' command to make changes to the win.ini. I do not know how to start making changes to the win.ini and resourse hacker will not open win.ini.

If I have to use tclock I suppose that will do but I really want to do this without using an app that has to run 100% of the time.

Thanks again for your time jcimarron.

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Here is a screenshot of what I have so far done using resourse hacker.

As you can see the font makes the start button extra long! LOL!
Screenshot.bmp
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Everway9--Regrets that I cannot suggest anything more.  I have seen this question before and the solutions are not easy to find.
Concerning win.ini, here is how you can open it
Start|Run|type MSCONFIG |OK|click on Win.ini tab.  However, I would be very cautious in changing the values.  At minimum, copy the existing win.ini file somewhere safe as a backup before making changes.  I would try the other suggestion about Display Properties in the trap17.com link first.
P.S.  More on Sysedit --
http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/s/sysedit.htm
P.P.S.  The eldergeek used to answer emails many moons ago.  I do not know if he still does.
theeldergeek@theeldergeek.com
And note there is a EG Forum reached by a link from here.
http://www.theeldergeek.com/contact.htm
http://www.smartcomputing.com/Editorial/article.asp?article=articles/archive/wingtips-tricks/2win3496/2win3496.asp&guid=

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icimarron,

You have been very helpful. You are correct, the soloution is very hard to find. I'm sure the answer lies within resource hacker or win.ini somewhere. You are a star for even trying to help!! I am using Tclock which is working ok at the moment. The only problem I have is:- I have selected a start button background from the luna metalic theme and this combined with the text is the original size of the start button. However I have two tiny purple/violet/pink little triangles at the top and bottom right of the button. (see attatched screenshot). Ok, nothing is final at this stage but if you can help remove these annoying triangles you can have all the points anyway :-)

Regards,

Andrew.




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Everway9--Kind offer.  I think the little pink triangles are nice!  :)
P.S.  I assume you have looked through the Tclock and Resource Hacker settings for any mention of pink.  Or you could modify various settings, one at a time, to see which causes the pink triangles to go away.

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I'll tinker around m8. Thanks for your help and have some points!! your effort to resolve this is nearly as good as the fix (which I'm still looking for! LOL!

Thanks again

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Thanks for your time

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Any good with server/domain networking? take a look @ http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_24580632.html?cid=239#a24887927

thanks
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Everway9--Glad I could help a little.
P.S.  No, networking is not my cup of tea.  

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