Office for Mac 2011 Help??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WilliamBos, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. WilliamBos macrumors member

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    My apologies if this is in the wrong forum. Fell free to move to the appropriate one if it is.

    Whether it is Excel, or Word, I am tired of squinting to read the menu's at the top of the screen. Any way to make everything larger??
     
  2. samh macrumors 6502

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    Is this only a problem in Microsoft apps, or all apps on your Mac?
     
  3. WilliamBos thread starter macrumors member

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    Just with mac office.
     
  4. samh macrumors 6502

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    When you say "menu" -- are you referring to the Microsoft Ribbon bar at the top? Or is this an issue with the menu at the top of the screen?
     
  5. WilliamBos, Dec 8, 2011
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    Yes, the ribbon bar that goes across the top of the excel/word screen, the one with all the options on it.
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I'm afraid you can't change the text size of the interface.
     
  7. WilliamBos thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much for the reply.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Can I customize the Ribbon?
    While the link is for Windows versions, the same applies to Mac versions.
     
  9. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I hesitate to tell anyone to use the terminal, but you can use a terminal command to change the scale factor of individual applications. For example, to increase the scale factor of Excel by 50% (1.5) the terminal command would be:

    defaults write com.microsoft.Excel AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.5

    The results are a bit blurry, of course. Everything in the application will be at the scale factor set...not just the ribbon bar. Also, you'll notice that the display acts oddly depending on what the scale factor is.

    The "com.microsoft.Excel" part comes from the application's preference file, without the ".plist" on the end.

    You can run the same command with a 1.0 value to get back to normal scale.

    Other apps are unaffected.
     
  10. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    You can always turn it off, and use menu commands.

    Or go buy a display with a lower pixel density.
     

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