How to set zoom level permanently to 125% in Explorer 8?

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  1. bobesko

    bobesko Member Guru

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    Any advice?
     
  2. Darren Hodgson

    Darren Hodgson Ancient Guru

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    View > Zoom > Custom > 125% works in the IE9 beta and is still at 125% when I close and reopen the browser. That should work in IE8 too.
     
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    Thanks, but after I restart the pc its on 100 again.
     
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    From this page:

    http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f56/solved-ie8-zoom-246925.html

    All you need to do is add a value to the registry to have IE8 open at 125%:

    I tried it and it works.

    Open notepad and copy the following text:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Zoom]
    "ZoomFactor"=dword:0001e848
    Save it as " IE8 zoom 125.reg " no quotes, in a location that you will be able to navigate to at a later time. Make sure to save it with the file extension of " .reg "

    Now with Window Vista and up, I find that the best way to apply the registry settings is to type in the search box in the start menu " regedit " which will show the result as " regedit.exe " Right click on the result and " run as an administrator "

    Registry editor will now open. Then use the top " File " menu and then import the file from were you have saved the above file. Then close Registry editor after the import of the file is finished.

    I find that if you double click or right click merge on a " .reg " file in Windows Vista and up, the file does not always enter the value into the registry. You can try and see if the double click or right click merge works for you.

    If you would like to revert IE8 to open at 100%:

    Open notepad and copy the following text:

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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Zoom]
    "ZoomFactor"=dword:000186a0
    Save it as " IE8 zoom 100.reg " no quotes, in a location that you will be able to navigate to at a later time. Make sure to save it with the file extension of " .reg "
     

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    Great answer, thanks. Works.:thumbup:
     
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    Glad it worked.

    Your welcome.
     
  7. billdiver47

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    140% rather than 125

    I would like to open as 140% rather than 125%. Could not figure out the numbers. My days of using hex are long gone. Could you possibly post the change for 140% please?
    Also maybe it is just me but I cannot store file type .reg under Windows 7. Seen some posts but they were somewhat complicated. Is there an easy way?
    Thanks
     
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    Registry value required to open IE at 140%.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Zoom]
    "ZoomFactor"=dword:000222E0
    Open notepad. Paste above registry information. File and the Save As
    IE8 zoom 140.reg

    Make sure to use the " Save As " and not the " Save " option. When you use the " Save " option, you will save the file with the .txt extension. When you use the " Save As " option, you can rename the file with the .reg extension or any other extension you may want to.

    Follow directions from above post to import the information into the registry.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2011
  9. billdiver47

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    Open IE 8 at 140%

    The good news is I managed to save the file as .reg. The bad news is regedit.exe failed.

    After starting the import I got the following message:-
    Confirm restore key. The key will be restored on top of key: Computer
    All value entries and subkeys of this key will be deleted.
    Do you want to continue the operation?

    When I clicked yes (with a little trepidation), I got the following error message:-
    Cannot import C:\ie8zoom140.reg
    The key selected is invalid

    Any ideas?
     
  10. SS2vegeta

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    you have to include "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00" in the .reg file. This issue smells like you've left it out when you copied Watcher's code above
     

  11. billdiver47

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    Almost there

    Thanks for that. Yes I did not copy the first line. Just did not seem you would need it. Sorry for the extra hassle. You have been very patient.
    I have one problem left. I have used all three registry entries from the thread. They all work and open IE with different values from the default 100%. Only problem is they are not the values I was hoping for.
    100% opens as 150%
    125% opens as 188%
    140% opens as 210%
    I have a wide screen laptop set as 1920 x 1080.
    IE text size is set at medium.
    Either could you post the numbers to get 100, 125 and 140% with my screen, or could you tell me how to calculate the numbers to use and I can experiment till I get it right. Giving me the calculation used would be good as it would stop me bothering you.
    Again sorry for the hassle.
     
  12. Watcher

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    Your far from being a hassle.

    The zoom values given should work no matter what screen resolution you are using.

    Lets try removing all entries for zoom level by using the following reg entry and see what value IE opens at?

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Zoom]
    Follow the directions to import a registry entry from the above post.
     
  13. billdiver47

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    Success with zoom

    When using the latest code IE opens with whatever setting it closed with in the previous setting. I have two users on my machine and set them both differently. Closed down and re-opened and it retained the two different settings.
    I have opened and closed and powered up and down several times and IE seems to always retain the previous setting.
    I am happy with this arrangement. :)
    Thanks for all your help.
     

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