looking for a few good ideas

  amongst the irregular verbiage

But we knew this already

There is no way to tell Microsoft Internet Explorer to use "Smaller" text size by default. You can set it to smaller, but when you next run IE; or click on a link in an email; or use HTML email; or even use a completely unrelated program like, say, CityDesk's article editor that happens to use IE's html controls, you get - medium fonts.

This sucks. IE is broken. I hate it. Don't they realise how critical it is to get fonts just the way we like it? Isn't there even a registry setting we can use to force IE to submit?

I use Firebird for browsing web sites. But CityDesk's article editor still relies on IE components.

Updated: from a page that refuses to render properly in either Firebird or IE. Oh, the irony.

Changing default text size in Internet Explorer Written By: Erick Medina

If you have a 1600x1200 laptop monitor, like me, you're probably sick of having to readjust the text size in IE every time you open the browser. With this little tweak, you'll have the default text size adjusted just the way you want it. (Some programs, like Eudora 5.1, actually change this setting without your knowledge, leaving you squinting.)

To do it, you'll have to edit the registry.  

  1. First of all, save your registry if you haven't done so already.
  2. Open up the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\International\Scripts\3\IEFontSize.
  3. Change the REG_BINARY value from 01 00 00 00 ("small" text size) to 02 00 00 00 for medium (which is what I have) or to whatever you want(see below).
  4. Open up IE to see if it looks the way you want it, and if so, voila. If not:
  5. go back to step 2 --or-- restore your original registry settings.

Just in case, here are the keys to try for the text size you want:

  00 00 00 00 = smallest
  01 00 00 00 = small
  02 00 00 00 = medium
  03 00 00 00 = large
  04 00 00 00 = largest

Happy surfing!
EAM emedina007@earthlink.net

I just did this, and it works. My CityDesk article editor is nicely sized. Ya gotta respect the fonts.