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How to increase font size for Altitude in the GPS pane in Streets & Trips
Jay Herb
When on a preset trip and using the GPS pane window is there a away to make the altitude numbers bigger? I have S&T GPS 2013. Thanks in advance. Jay
Larry
Hi Jay - Aside from using a larger monitor I don't believe there is an option to increase the font size of the altitude. I agree, it is a small font.
Jay Herb
Larry,
thanks for the come back, I use a Acer 11.6" netbook and it has a nice screen but like you said the font size is small. My wife has to put on her reading glass to see it for me, it would be nice if MS would make a update for it, LOL .
Marvin Hlavac

Jay, some 10 years ago I used to use iGuidance navigation software (it has been discontinued a few years ago). I had the same problem like you. In my case I needed to see the ETA information, but the ETA was in a small font. I used the software for work 5 days a week or more, many hours each day, and I needed to have instant and easy access to the ETA just by glancing at the laptop screen a couple of feet away. This was an issue for me for a long time, but eventually I found a neat solution which I kept on using for a number of years. It involved a small free piece of software called Lens: http://www.markuswelz.de/freeware/index.html#card2anchor. Lens magnifies an area on the screen. You can place the small window of Lens where ever you want it, and then you can tell Lens which area of Streets & Trips window to magnify. You can adjust the size of Lens window, as well as you can adjust the rate of magnification.

To set up Lens is simple. After downloading and installing this tiny 128 kB file follow these steps:

1. Right-click inside the Lens window and place a check mark in front of “Lock (Press ‘space’ to toggle)” option

2. Move mouse arrow over the "Altitude" (or what ever you wish to enlarge) so you see it enlarged within Lens window

3. When you are happy with the position of the "Altitude" within Lens, press the space bar on your keyboard to lock the position.

4. Adjust the Lens window size by dragging its borders with your mouse.

I just tested it on Windows 7, to make sure it still works. It does, as you can see on the screen shot above. The only issue is that when I first launched it on my Windows 7 laptop, the Lens window was black. To correct this little compatibility issue, you can right-click a Lens shortcut (either on your desktop on on the Start menu, select Properties > Compatibility, then place a check-mark in front of Disable Desktop Composition. Click Apply > OK. If you use Basic Themes in Windows 7 as opposed to Aero Themes, you will not have to go through this as Lens will work just fine without it.

Lens should remember the position and size of its window, so you should not have to set it up next time you use Streets & Trips. Lens is always on top of other windows, too.
Jay Herb
Marvin,
thank you so much,this should do the trick so I can see the altitude, it's not important but nice to know how high the areas is that we are going through. I will download the program and give it a try and let you know how it went, it may will be a day or two before I get it done.
Again thank you.

PS, I hope that Larry see this as he may like it too.
t923347
Could you do the same thing using the Magnifier program built into Windows 7 although you'd probably have to set it up every time you rebooted the PC?

You can launch it from Start > All Programs > Accesseries > Ease Of Access > Magnifier


Marvin Hlavac
Good point, Magnifier is built right into Windows 7. However, what makes Lens (vs Windows Magnifier) practical to use for this purpose is its ability to lock the area of the screen that is being magnified, so you are still able to use your mouse and still see the desired area being magnified.
t923347
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Good point, Magnifier is built right into Windows 7. However, what makes Lens (vs Windows Magnifier) practical to use for this purpose is its ability to lock the area of the screen that is being magnified, so you are still able to use your mouse and still see the desired area being magnified.
Another good point.
Jay Herb
Well I downloaded the Lens magnifier to my desktop Windows XP and it worked great. Downloaded it to my netbook with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and it said that it was done and I clicked on the magnifying glass a window comes up and can't open as a file is missing or it's not registered.
I try to re-downloading it again and the same thing.
I copied it from my desktop to a jump drive and tried to install it on my netbook but it didn't work. Any Ideas?
Marvin Hlavac
Jay, I too have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, and it works here, so there should be a way to get it to work. Try to right-click the installation file, and select "Run as administrator". After it instals, right-click the Lens shortcut, and also select "Run as administrator". Let us know if it makes any difference.
Jay Herb
Marvin,
thank you, I will give it a try this evening and will let you know how it goes.
Jay Herb
Marvin,
I got it thanks to you, first I tried it and still didn't work than notice the right side of the mouse didn't work so I went into the control panel and change it, than it work great. Again thank you for your time. Jay
Larry
Marvin, I hope you add this to the tips & tricks section. Wow! I'm impressed with this one. Very creative.
Marvin Hlavac
I'm glad you like it, Larry. Years ago, when I used to use Lens, I actually had it set up, via another freeware, so that when ever I started, or closed, or minimized, or even changed the window size of my navigation software, Lens would also start, or close, or minimize, or move to the correct position of the re-sized window. I didn't have to think of Lens at all, it felt like it was a part of the navigation application.
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