Windows Font Size hides SQL Doc elements

Documents SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 databases.

Windows Font Size hides SQL Doc elements

Postby JackAce » Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:43 pm

I have very poor vision and I like to run Windows (Windows 7) with the default font sizes beefed up. If you size the fonts to 125% or 150%, certain elements in SQL Doc are not accessible. Most notably, the "Edit..." links that you use to edit Table and Column descriptions are not visible and there is no way to scroll to see the links.

To change your default text size in Windows 7, you can do the following:
* Right-click the desktop and click Personalize
* Click on the Display link in the lower left corner of the window.
* Change the radio button to 125% or 150%
* Log out and log back into Windows
* Open SQL Doc and connect to a database
* Expand a database and click on the Tables folder
* If you can see the "Edit..." link, then edit the Description extended property of a table or column and create a long description with no line breaks.
* The edit links will magically disappear and you won't be able to scroll to see it

There are also a few places where the UI is out of whack, like on the Help -> About window. If you open this window, you can't see the version number of the product.

Is there any workaround for this (besides resetting the text size to 100%)? I am running SQL Doc version (yes, I had to scale my text size down to read the value).
Posts: 47
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:00 pm

Postby james.billings » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:09 pm

Unfortunately, I don't think there's much of a workaround to this. It's not just Doc, several of our products don't scale well with non-default DPI settings.

One possibility is to set the fonts to 100% then lower your screen resolution so everything is effectively bigger- but this has the downside of giving you less real-estate to work with. Some of the windows accessibility tools such as "Magnifier" may also be of help.

Ideally we'll be able to sort out the products in the longer term so that they do scale correctly in a configuration such as yours though.
Posts: 1122
Joined: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:10 am
Location: Red Gate


Postby jbelina » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:58 pm

Have you tried using the ZoomIt tool from Sysinternals (now part of Microsoft)? ... s/bb897434

This might help in cases where changing the font directly doesn't.

You can also find the latest version at the following location:

Posts: 8
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:32 pm
Location: USA

Return to SQL Doc Previous Versions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests