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Why has Website Text Size Suddenly Increased While Browsing with Google Chrome?

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There are few things as frustrating as having a program update and suddenly break things that were working perfectly before. Case in point, website text size with the latest stable release of Google Chrome. Is there a simple solution to the text size problem? Today’s SuperUser post comes to the rescue to help an unhappy reader get things back to normal.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Shadow Wizard wants to know why the text size on all websites has suddenly increased while using Google Chrome:

This morning I opened Google Chrome like I do every day. The text size was suddenly larger than normal on all websites, but I did not change any settings whatsoever.

If I set the zoom level to 90 percent, it looks fine, but this breaks various things (such as Stack Exchange chat), so I would prefer to avoid it if possible. Setting the font size to small in Chrome’s settings also helps, but then the text size is too small.

I have uninstalled Chrome (deleting local data) and installed it again, but the results are the same. I also tried the beta channel as well, but no change. My Windows 7 system is 64-bit with the display set at 125 percent from the very beginning (something that I have not changed for years).

What could have caused this and how can it be solved?

This very question on SuperUser turns out to be a good example of demonstrating what I mean:

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While the body itself is small (due to changing the font size in Chrome’s settings), other things are still huge and not affected by the setting.

Is there a solution that will return things to normal for Shadow Wizard?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Sathya has the answer for us:

This reddit thread seems to suggest that it is a Chrome bug. For now, a temporary workaround is to force HiDPI support in Chrome.

To do this:

  1. Right click on Chrome’s shortcut link.
  2. Choose Properties and then add /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 to the existing target path link to chrome.exe.
  3. Be sure to close all running Chrome processes from the taskbar before using the shortcut with the new flags.

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Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

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  • Published 08/28/14