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icons and toolbar text is way too small and hard to read (kind of fuzzy)


The toolbars (menu bars) at the top of the screen have letters and icons and symbols that are way too small to read. Also the background color options are limited. Light black on grey is hard to read. I have tried customizing all that I can. There used to be a thing in control panel called display, and we could pick all sorts of fonts and colors for all those toolbar strips. Where did that go? I am VERY FRUSTRATED!!

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we updated to the new firefox

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Xircal 334 solutions 3835 answers

See Fonts look blurry

neil49 0 solutions 3 answers

I've tried those, and have just decided to go back to 3.6. Firefox just seems to have too much input lately trying to tweak and adjust. Meanwhile, the later versions just end up looking worse and worse with each iteration. Icons too small, monochromatic tool bar, making icons harder to distinguish, and, worst of all, frequent crashes.

Perhaps some of these problems are because I'm using XP, but I've noticed many if not all of the appearance deficiencies with my laptop running Win7. Probably the most annoying thing about later versions, though, is the inability to set memory time for history. This alone is a deal breaker for me, and ultimately, as IE has gotten better, I may just go back there.

adkmayfire 0 solutions 1 answers

I had the same problem in XP after loading Firefox. I found a sloution here from a different related thread. It worked like a charm!

Start>Control panel>Display>Appearance>Effects Tab Check the box in "Use the following to smooth edges of screen fonts." Select "ClearType" from the pull-down menu. Click OK.

And Voila! Your fonts should be lovely and clear now. I'm sticking with Firefox. I also loaded the free tracker blocker called Ghostery and my pages are loading very snappily.