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When regular users connect to a remote session, they are unable to change the resolution of the display or the DPI settings. The DPI settings would normally be used to make a global change to the size of the fonts and other user-interface elements; for example to increase the UI legibility. Note that changes to the global DPI settings, can only be done by an administrator logged on to the console of the Windows Server or PC, and a reboot will be required. The DPI setting affects the entire user interface; including the logon interface (LogonUI).
Regular users (and users in a remote session) can adjust many UI elements individually however, using the "Window Color and Appearance" in the Personalization Control Panel applet. In Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, the settings are accessed via "Advanced appearance settings...", after choosing "Windows Color" in the Personalization window. In Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, the settings are accessed via the "Advanced..." button, after choosing "Windows Color and Appearance" in the Personalization window.
In order to provide a simple solution to users, it is recommended that an Administrator create several Themes with different sized fonts and UI elements, named in a discoverable way (e.g. "120dpi Theme", "150dpi Theme"). This will enable remote desktop users to easily select a Theme with scaled-up user interface elements, from a familiar place in Windows (i.e. Personalization applet; also accessible via a right-click on the desktop) .
Scaled-up Themes can be created as follows:
The resulting Theme files can be copied to the apropriate %systemroot%\Resources folder on other Windows computers if needed.
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Article ID: 2544872 - Last Review: April 27, 2011 - Revision: 1.0