Use a notes.ini setting to adjust font sizes in Lotus Notes

Learn how to implement a notes.ini parameter that will proportionally adjust the font size in Lotus Notes based on a user's screen resolution setting.

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The Lotus Notes client provides a choice of fonts to allow Lotus Notes users to select a preferable and readable type face. This selection is made by selecting: File -> Preferences -> User Preferences -> Default Fonts.

However, this menu does not provide a means of adjusting the size of the font. This can be a problem if the Lotus

Notes user selects a screen resolution greater than 1024 x 768 pixels, as the text on the screen may be difficult to read.

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Luckily, a setting is available within the notes.ini parameters that allows the font size to be proportionally increased for all text fields displayed by the Lotus Notes client:

[Display_font_adjustment=n]

"n" can range from "1" (the default size) to "25" (an extremely large font size) and must be defined directly into the notes.ini file using a text editor (e.g., Microsoft Notepad). The parameter can be placed anywhere in this configuration file, but I like to place it right at the end.

Note: I found out in my testing of this tip that when the Microsoft Windows screen resolution was set to 1280 x 1024 pixels, a parameter value of "2" or "3" provided a satisfactory font size.

If you choose to use my suggestion, you would add this setting to your notes.ini parameters:

Display_font_adjustment=2

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The [Display_font_adjustment=n] environment variable will also work with negative values. Though "-1" might be too small, even for those with excellent eyesight.
—Simon M.

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This was first published in December 2007

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