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Stop squinting: Make icon labels larger


© St. Petersburg Times, published September 27, 1999

Q. I followed your directions in eliminating fonts. Worked great! Only now the labels on my desktop icons are so small that I have to squint to read them.

A. Right-click on the desktop, select Properties, then Appearance. Select the Windows Standard scheme. If the icon labels are still small, you may have inadvertently deleted a font that was being used for this and Windows chose another. The easiest way out is to reinstall Windows 95, which will restore the base default fonts. You won't lose any settings or data.

Reader Rich Whittle sent along another solution for the font problem, which worked on Windows 95, 98 and NT:

"There is a workaround to this. I'm a font addict. I admit it. I have thousands of fonts. The secret is to make another folder, label it something like Other Fonts or New Fonts and put the rest of your fonts here. When you want to use one of these fonts, go into Windows Explorer and right-click to open the file. Then open your application, such as Wordpad, Paint or Word, and the font is usable by the application."

Adjusting modem volume

Q. After upgrading my modem from 33.3 kbs to 56.6 kbs, I notice that I lost the dialing and handshake sounds between my computer and the Internet service provider.

A. Go to Control Panel, Modems, select your modem and click Properties. Check the setting for Speaker Volume. If this does not work, you may have to set it manually. Go to Start, Run, type HYPERTRM and press enter. Give it any name (such as TEST) and then enter 555-5555 as the number, click OK, then click cancel on the Dial screen. Type ATL-3 and press enter. This should configure the modem speaker to high.

Setting 32-bit performance

Q. Click Start, Settings, System, Performance -- and the darn thing says it is running in DOS compatibility mode. I know this means it is running in 16-bit mode instead of 32-bit and is slowing the performance of my computer. What is happening and how do I get it to go back to 32-bit performance?

A. Keep in mind that if your CD-ROM drive is using real-mode drivers loaded in Config.sys (some older DOS games require this), you may see the message "Some drives are using MS-DOS compatibility" for the file system. However, this does not affect your disk drive. If, on the other hand, this is not the case, Microsoft says compatibility mode disk access may be in use for any of the following reasons:

  • An "unsafe" device driver, memory-resident program, or virus hooked the INT21h or INT13h chain before Windows 95 loaded.
  • The hard disk controller in your computer was not detected by Windows 95.
  • The hard disk controller was removed from the current configuration in Device Manager.
  • There is a resource conflict between the hard disk controller and another hardware device.
  • The Windows 95 protected-mode driver is missing or damaged.
  • The Windows 95 32-bit protected-mode disk drivers detected an unsupportable configuration or incompatible hardware.

To investigate the exact cause is quite involved, for step-by-step instructions, check this Microsoft Knowledgebase article:

You can request that this article be sent to your e-mail address by sending an e-mail to with the following article number in the subject line: Q130179.

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