In the Release Preview, you could go to PC Settings \ Ease of Access \ "Make everything on the screen larger." This was great for older people with poor eyesight, as well as for using Windows 8 as a Home Theater PC (HTPC) on a television.
In the RTM, this option is greyed out. (I noticed in the Release preview that while Internet Explorer, Mail, and weather apps all worked with this setting, the People app and the Messages app would each tend to crash with "Make Everything on the Screen Larger". Maybe they disabled it since they weren't going to fix it in time???)
Is there a way with a registry setting, etc., to re-enable this?
I cannot believe that Microsoft would not provide a way to make the start screen larger for people with visual impairments.
- Edited by guyvista Thursday, August 16, 2012 2:52 PM
After further testing it looks like any resolution besides your panel's native resolution triggers this issue.
I was having the same problem. In my case it worked by duplicating the displays (go to the lateral Bar and click on Devices). When you duplicate your screen, even not having a second one, the On/Off on "Make everything bigger" starts working. Hope it helps.
Well, I have a report that a native panel (HDTV connected via HDMI, running at the native panel "recommended" (by Display Settings) of 1366 x 768) resolution does NOT necessarily make the "make everything on the display larger" available. This is from a system with nvidia ion graphics running the included Microsoft WDDM 1.2 driver for nvidia.
I reported an issue during release preview about lacking collaboration between ease of access and dpi-scaling.
I was testing on a flat panel as well. Apparently may be MS decided to shut "make every bigger" off for flat panels and similar sized screens - but thats not a fix?
As I was opting for then - dpi-scaling is needed in Metro for big sceens.
(MS found dpi-scaling (i.e. just make the text bigger) was not supported in Metro yet at the time. When make everything bigger was used in PC settings - everything got extremely oversized. The only problem was the lack of dpi-scaling in Metro)