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Today I migrated from an older mac to a brand new one (Mojave 10.14). When I opened Thunderbird (60.8, latest update checked), the display (fonts, icons, mails... everything) had become so small it was almost impossible to read.

Zoom in/out didn't change a thing. The tiny size remained tiny.

Zooming in only worked on the add-on/plug-in page but not on the mails or on the display itself.

The "zoom" add-on won't work on mac. It was disabled many years ago.

Today I migrated from an older mac to a brand new one (Mojave 10.14). When I opened Thunderbird (60.8, latest update checked), the display (fonts, icons, mails... everything) had become so small it was almost impossible to read. Zoom in/out didn't change a thing. The tiny size remained tiny. Zooming in only worked on the add-on/plug-in page but not on the mails or on the display itself. The "zoom" add-on won't work on mac. It was disabled many years ago.
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As I can read everything in the image, it is not really a good guide as it does not show anything to gauge it against eg: desktop or a 'finder' window.

Is it possible you have a different screen resolution on this computer as compared to the old computer? Perhaps one with more pixels per square cm. What screen resolution are you using ? Have you tried reducing the screen resolution to increase the size of pixel ?

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Toad-Hall
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As I can read everything in the image, it is not really a good guide as it does not show anything to gauge it against eg: desktop or a 'finder' window.

Is it possible you have a different screen resolution on this computer as compared to the old computer? Perhaps one with more pixels per square cm. What screen resolution are you using ? Have you tried reducing the screen resolution to increase the size of pixel ?

As I can read everything in the image, it is not really a good guide as it does not show anything to gauge it against eg: desktop or a 'finder' window. Is it possible you have a different screen resolution on this computer as compared to the old computer? Perhaps one with more pixels per square cm. What screen resolution are you using ? Have you tried reducing the screen resolution to increase the size of pixel ?
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My 27-inch monitor has 5120 x 2880 pixels.

My former display had the same size but only 2560 x 1440 pixels

It seems indeed that I have double the former resolution. Which explains the why.

Of course, reducing the screen resolution might solve the issue for Thunderbird but it would be a bit counter-productive to have a high potentially high resolution and not use it.

It would be so much more practical if the zoom plug-in Thunderbird used to propose for mac was reintroduced.

Anyway thanks for having found an explanation for my problem, Toad-Hall

My 27-inch monitor has 5120 x 2880 pixels. My former display had the same size but only 2560 x 1440 pixels It seems indeed that I have double the former resolution. Which explains the why. Of course, reducing the screen resolution might solve the issue for Thunderbird but it would be a bit counter-productive to have a high potentially high resolution and not use it. It would be so much more practical if the zoom plug-in Thunderbird used to propose for mac was reintroduced. Anyway thanks for having found an explanation for my problem, Toad-Hall
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Please try this - it is not that difficult.

In Thunderbird Help > Troubleshooting Information Click on 'Open Finder'

A window should open showing the contents of your 'profile name' folder. Exit Thunderbird now.

Create a new folder and call it chrome - note the spelling. The 'chrome' folder should be in the 'profile name' folder - same place as the 'Mail' folder. See image below.

Open a text editor like Notepad. Copy everything between lines below into Notepad.


/*
 
* Do not remove the @namespace line -- it's required for correct functioning
 */

@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); 

/* Global UI font */
*{font-size: 14px !important;}



Suggest you check the email you receive shows the same code as in this forum as some people have mentioned the !important was missing. Note: font-size: 14px can be changed to 12 or 16 etc to suit, but changes must done whilst Thunderbird is closed.

save the file as userChrome.css (note spelling) in the chrome folder. See second image.

Start Thunderbird.

This should improve the visibility.

Please try this - it is not that difficult. In Thunderbird Help > Troubleshooting Information Click on 'Open Finder' A window should open showing the contents of your 'profile name' folder. Exit Thunderbird now. Create a new folder and call it '''chrome''' - note the spelling. The 'chrome' folder should be in the 'profile name' folder - same place as the 'Mail' folder. See image below. Open a text editor like Notepad. Copy everything between lines below into Notepad. -------------------------- <pre> /* * Do not remove the @namespace line -- it's required for correct functioning */ @namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* Global UI font */ *{font-size: '''14'''px !important;} </pre> ------------------- Suggest you check the email you receive shows the same code as in this forum as some people have mentioned the !important was missing. Note: font-size: '''14'''px can be changed to 12 or 16 etc to suit, but changes must done whilst Thunderbird is closed. save the file as '''userChrome.css''' (note spelling) in the '''chrome''' folder. See second image. Start Thunderbird. This should improve the visibility.
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To adjust the fonts of the menus and folder and message lists, use this add-on (for TB 60):

https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-us/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer-fixed/

To adjust the fonts for message contents, the easiest way is to open Preferences/Display/Formatting/Fonts & Colors/Advanced and set the fonts and sizes with Fonts for: set to Latin and also for Other Writing Systems.

To adjust the fonts of the menus and folder and message lists, use this add-on (for TB 60): https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-us/thunderbird/addon/theme-font-size-changer-fixed/ To adjust the fonts for message contents, the easiest way is to open Preferences/Display/Formatting/Fonts & Colors/Advanced and set the fonts and sizes with Fonts for: set to Latin and also for Other Writing Systems.
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Super !

It worked straight away, no hastle, no tricky programming.

Zoom 200

Font 16

Thanks a lot for the hint, SFHowes.

Super ! It worked straight away, no hastle, no tricky programming. Zoom 200 Font 16 Thanks a lot for the hint, SFHowes.
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greenthum66 0 solutions 1 answers

Thank you. I have been searching for this answer with quite some annoyance!

Thank you. I have been searching for this answer with quite some annoyance!
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luv2hke 0 solutions 6 answers

I have Windows 7 and in Thunderbird email program which was updated to version 68.2.0 today, the size of the font in my email inbox is so small, I need to use a magnifying glass to read who the correspondents are and the subject matter and the date. Is there a fix for this? I'm a senior and already have trouble with reading the very small text. Thank you.

I have Windows 7 and in Thunderbird email program which was updated to version 68.2.0 today, the size of the font in my email inbox is so small, I need to use a magnifying glass to read who the correspondents are and the subject matter and the date. Is there a fix for this? I'm a senior and already have trouble with reading the very small text. Thank you.
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Have you tried the Thunderbird add-on "Theme Font & Size Changer for Thunderbird" ? It worked for me.

Have you tried the Thunderbird add-on "'''Theme Font & Size Changer for Thunderbird'''" ? It worked for me.
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luv2hke 0 solutions 6 answers

It is not available in the current Thunderbird version. I loved it, but my computer automatically updated from 60.9.0 to 68.2.0 and it's not available. How can I contact Mozilla and request a compatible version asap?

It is not available in the current Thunderbird version. I loved it, but my computer automatically updated from 60.9.0 to 68.2.0 and it's not available. How can I contact Mozilla and request a compatible version asap?
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sfhowes
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For TB 68, there is a simple way to increase the fonts:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1271791

For TB 68, there is a simple way to increase the fonts: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1271791
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luv2hke 0 solutions 6 answers

When I open Tools/Options/Advanced/General/Config. editor, I get a screen message that reads, "This might void your warranty! “Changing these advanced settings can be harmful to the stability, security and performance of his application. You should only continue if you are sure of what you are doing.” Should I go ahead and click "I accept the risk"?

When I open Tools/Options/Advanced/General/Config. editor, I get a screen message that reads, "This might void your warranty! “Changing these advanced settings can be harmful to the stability, security and performance of his application. You should only continue if you are sure of what you are doing.” Should I go ahead and click "I accept the risk"?
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sfhowes
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Yes, go ahead. If you change a preference and then want to undo it, right-click it, Reset.

Yes, go ahead. If you change a preference and then want to undo it, right-click it, Reset.
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luv2hke 0 solutions 6 answers

Thank you sfhowes for your help. I did click on Config.editor and looked for the link and clicked on it and was able to "modify" the size to 1.50 which works so much better for me. Wow, what a difference I can easily read my incoming email notifications.

Thank you sfhowes for your help. I did click on Config.editor and looked for the link and clicked on it and was able to "modify" the size to 1.50 which works so much better for me. Wow, what a difference I can easily read my incoming email notifications.
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