Windows explorer font setting. Not the normal font, the actual C, D, Downloads, documents, pictures, etc.

So after installing a game recently (FallOut 4) to be exact, I've had this one issue. Please see the attached picture.

My system windows explorer font went to .01, not 1 pt, .01 pt. Its completely unreadable.

The problem, I suspect came from the game and interaction between either browsers or Windows Aero. I've been unable to find the setting to change them back to normal. I've looked in Windows Color and Appearance, changing the active tabs and all that kind of thing. No joy. I first noticed the issue on my browser having all of the shortcuts on the bookmarks toolbar for both Firefox and Chrome having every single book mark I've ever made smashed down to a bar about 4 inches across the scree and each one having a different color.

Help! I'd really rather not rebuild the machine to fix this issue.

Chrome and Firefox reset back to normal after running the game again. Since then, just a windows problem.
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WinterBorn71Asked:
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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
what version of Windows?
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
try this:

assuming you can't see the menus very well!
Press Win-R to run a program
(Win = Windows key on keyboard)

shell:fonts
and enter

Font Settings (didn't see a way for keyboard)
Restore default font settings (command button)
MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display Change Text Size for Title Bars & Menu's there (If WIndows 10)

The font of the tabs and bookmarks toolbar is linked to the fonts control in "Personalize" (in Windows 7).  Under window color and appearance, go to advanced, use the menu to select "Message Box" this is the one that controls the font for the browsers.
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WinterBorn71Author Commented:
Thank you both,

Windows 7 (Ultimate x64) is the version running.  Crystal, I've checked on the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Fonts\Font settings and tried "Restore default font settings" a few times, no dice. I don't see where I could make changes through Shell:Fonts, if there's a way please let me know.

Tried that too Maclean, either the field is greyed out or had no effect for every setting I could change (under administrator rights) in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance, then "Advanced appearance settings" No change I could see in any of them. Tried inactive Window, Active Window, Message box, etc etc, nothing.

I've been stumped on this one, ergo coming to the experts
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
you're welcome

Shell:Fonts
is a command you can run by pressing Win-R

it saves you a couple steps of navigating through menus ~

WHERE Win = the Windows Key
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
maybe the Theme got changed... go to the Control Panel and search for Themes (it is under Personalization)

to see things better, run the magnifier:
Win-R
and then magnify.exe

the only way I know to turn it off is to scroll to it in the task bar
right-click and choose --> close window (or maybe it is just close)

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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
you can also change text sizes individually

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display

select the item to change and specify the setting by picking an item in the drop list under Change only text size
WinterBorn71Author Commented:
The issue appears to have been the Theme. Which of course goes into just about everything. Changed Theme to a problem is fixed.before-theme-change.png
Now the after picture:  After-them-change.png
Theme Change and instantly good to go.

Thank you both!
WinterBorn71Author Commented:
Theme was the problem.
WinterBorn71Author Commented:
The text was so small Magnifier had no effect at all.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
so happy you got it!!! you're welcome ~ happy to help
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