I am using 105% (101 DPI) custom DPI settings for easier reading but unfortunately those settings are not fully applied across whole system. Opening Windows Explorer for example applies the newly increased font size correctly, it also works on desktop icons, text, and some other programs. On the other hand some other programs remain at default 100% (96 DPI) like: Utorrent, CCleaner, etc.
I also tested this on Windows 7 and everything works fine. When I increase DPI settings to 105% they are fully applied system wide and also correctly applied to above mentioned programs.
Does anyone have a solution how to solve this problem?
Unfortunately, the only solution is to use Windows Vista or Windows 7. The feature was introduced in Windows Vista.
When I open my Excel spreadsheets or Word docs on my MacBook Pro 15" (in MS Office 2008), I always need to zoom in to 125-150%.
Since the zoom settings are saved with the document, I'd rather not have to change the zoom level back and forth when opening the same docs on my Windows computer and my Mac.
I'd expect there to be a setting for this somewhere, but I can't seem to find it.
How can I set the system DPI on Mac OSX 10.5.7? Or how can I set the DPI for MS Office on the Mac?
And remember that the two systems display fonts quite differently. For best cross-platform results, stick with 11-point helvetica. Won't alter the need for a change in zoom, necessarily, but will ensure that your careful pagination in one isn't totally destroyed in another.
Assuming you're using the 15.4" screen at its native 1440x900 resolution, then that works out to 110dpi:
Even if Word were mistakenly using 96ppi instead of 110ppi, you'd get a magnification of only 115%.
What it's probably doing is using the traditional (as in, mid-90's Mac OS pre-X) 72ppi, which would give a magnification of about 150%. So its completely ignoring the system setting, sorry.
You could always use Applescript. While Word 2008 is open, run the code below in the Script Editor.
tell application "Microsoft Word"
set percentage of zoom of view of active window to 200