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I'm working on a Windows 7 computer which is replacing (over time) a Windows XP computer.  We are using a 1.77 aspect ratio monitor - which was originally on the Windows XP computer.

The user has Microsoft Picture It! Publishing 2001 on the XP computer.  This app won't run properly in XP Mode virtual system on the Windows 7 computer.  So we are using Remote Desktop to run the Windows XP computer headless on the same display.

The resolution of the Windows 7 computer is 1920x1080 (recommended).  This is the same resolution that the XP computer is running in RD.

The user wants the application (MS Picture It!)  fonts to be larger in the menus.
I wonder if this is at all possible?

If we use RD display resolution settings to make the remote computer screen size smaller then it just makes the remotely viewed full screen size smaller accordingly.  It's no longer full screen on the monitor.  And, this appears to not make the font size any larger visually.
After thinking about it, here's what it looks like:
- the monitor is 1920x1080.
- if the XP RD resolution is set to something like 1280x720 then the XP window in RD is smaller than the 1920x1080 full screen.
- if the Windows 7 screen resolution is set to 1280x720 then presumably the XP RD at the same RD resolution will be capable of full screen and the fonts will appear larger.

Does that sound right?
Any suggestions?
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I find it better to adjust the menu text than to change overall resolution.

Go to the Desktop, right click and select Personalize. Down at the bottom, click on Windows Color and that brings up a menu.

Under Item, there is item and font. I set the relevant fonts to 10 point (or more on some displays). There are six or seven applicable settings to change (Title bars, Message box, etc.).

Try that.

.... Thinkpads_User
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And you think that will adjust an app's menus in addition to Windows menus?
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I think so. It may depend upon the App. I found that Larger Text with standard resolution made a difference with most things.

Try it and see and then please let us know.

..... Thinkpads_User
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We ended up reducing the resolution of the Windows 7 computer where Remote Desktop is running.  Then the default resolution of the remotely-accessed XP computer was set to match at Full Screen on RD.

Thanks for the ideas!
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@fmarshall - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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