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No longer able to change size of Thunderbird relative to my desktop

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I have just upgraded to Thunderbird 60.0 due to daily crashes with v 52.9, and appear to have lost all control over how much screen real estate the app takes up relative to my desktop size, and the size of non-zoomable font elements.

Stuff that used to work: - the Theme and Font Size Changer (even the "unofficial non-expire" version) add-on - editing "layout.css.devPixelsPerPx" in the config editor - setting "font-size:" in the "chrome/userChrome.css"

None of these seem to have any effect any more. I see lots of people posting similar questions this year, but can't find reliable answers for 60.0 onwards.

This is a major issue for me, it basically makes a 4K screen unusable for my eyesight and workflow.

Any suggestions for what *will* work, or pointers on how to fix/re-enable any of the above ?

Keith Mitchell


Thunderbird Version 60.0 Build ID 20180731173940 User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/60.0 OS Linux 4.4.120-45-default

I have just upgraded to Thunderbird 60.0 due to daily crashes with v 52.9, and appear to have lost all control over how much screen real estate the app takes up relative to my desktop size, and the size of non-zoomable font elements. Stuff that used to work: - the Theme and Font Size Changer (even the "unofficial non-expire" version) add-on - editing "layout.css.devPixelsPerPx" in the config editor - setting "font-size:" in the "chrome/userChrome.css" None of these seem to have any effect any more. I see lots of people posting similar questions this year, but can't find reliable answers for 60.0 onwards. This is a major issue for me, it basically makes a 4K screen unusable for my eyesight and workflow. Any suggestions for what *will* work, or pointers on how to fix/re-enable any of the above ? Keith Mitchell ------------------- Thunderbird Version 60.0 Build ID 20180731173940 User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/60.0 OS Linux 4.4.120-45-default

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sfhowes
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See my comments here:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1236124#answer-1161163

I've attached a picture of the add-on's Options.

See my comments here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1236124#answer-1161163 I've attached a picture of the add-on's Options.

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Partly, thank you, I needed to update to version 64.4 of TFSC. Doing that and making the change you describe helps to the extent of letting me change font size.

However, it won't let me adjust the zoom to other than integer values, and neither this, nor my preferred solution, layout.css.devPixelsPerPx change the zoom at all.

Partly, thank you, I needed to update to version 64.4 of TFSC. Doing that and making the change you describe helps to the extent of letting me change font size. However, it won't let me adjust the zoom to other than integer values, and neither this, nor my preferred solution, layout.css.devPixelsPerPx change the zoom at all.
sfhowes
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I realize the Zoom doesn't work, but what parts do you need to zoom? There may be other controls that do this, e.g. Edit/Preferences/Display/Formatting/Advanced.

I realize the Zoom doesn't work, but what parts do you need to zoom? There may be other controls that do this, e.g. Edit/Preferences/Display/Formatting/Advanced.

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Unfortunately I've never been able find find any other Preference settings that do what I want. It's Thunderbird as a whole I need to zoom out, i.e the same number of row/columns of message headers and folders, but taking up less X * Y pixels on the desktop.

Unfortunately I've never been able find find any other Preference settings that do what I want. It's Thunderbird as a whole I need to zoom out, i.e the same number of row/columns of message headers and folders, but taking up less X * Y pixels on the desktop.
sfhowes
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Until the zoom feature is fixed, perhaps you can find a Linux-equivalent of one of the programs suggested here, such as WindowWatcher, which appears to perform that function.

Until the zoom feature is fixed, perhaps you can find a Linux-equivalent of one of the programs suggested [https://www.sevenforums.com/software/342820-how-zoom-specific-applications-window.html here], such as WindowWatcher, which appears to perform that function.

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Looks like run_scaled will do this, thank you, but some assembly required...

Looks like run_scaled will do this, thank you, but some assembly required...
Wayne Mery
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https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer-fixed/ should work again for 60.2.1
Wayne Mery
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Wayne Mery said

https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer-fixed/ should work again for 60.2.1

It was also updated on Oct 7.

''Wayne Mery [[#answer-1161351|said]]'' <blockquote> https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer-fixed/ should work again for 60.2.1 </blockquote> It was also updated on Oct 7.
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The Zoom option now works in TF&SC (fixed) v. 64.6 (Oct. 14).

The Zoom option now works in TF&SC (fixed) v. 64.6 (Oct. 14).

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These versions appear to have a working zoom again, thanks. I can now use layout.css.devPixelsPerPx in the config editor to zoom out again. However, the TFSC add-on won't accept zoom values less than 100%, so can only be used to zoom in, not out. Being able to do this via the add-on is not critical for me so long as there's some way to do it, but I think it used to be able to do this.

These versions appear to have a working zoom again, thanks. I can now use layout.css.devPixelsPerPx in the config editor to zoom out again. However, the TFSC add-on won't accept zoom values less than 100%, so can only be used to zoom in, not out. Being able to do this via the add-on is not critical for me so long as there's some way to do it, but I think it used to be able to do this.