Windows File Explorer: Search Box Font Size changed


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Above is a screenshot of the upper right corner of the Windows File Explorer. The font (the default Segoe UI) size is normal in all the other parts of the program, except for the typed in Search text box. I have checked that the components of Windows are correct with "dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth" and "sfc /scannow", I have reset the fonts to default in the options of the Windows Font Viewer, rebooted, etc., but something has suddenly changed this particular text box.

Anyone have ideas on what to do? I use Windows Search from this dialog box all the time.
 
Windows Build/Version
22H2 22621.1413 (rest of machine specs in my profile)

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See if changing system font or restoring default system font will help resolve the problem.

You can change the default Windows font from Segoe UI to anything you want. Here are the steps to change the default system font in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
Thanks for the detailed instructions! I tried changing the default system font to "Trebuchet MS" with your command file. The default font did change, but the size of text in the search box remained very small, in fact I could not determine if it was "Trebuchet MS" or something else.

I have no idea why this problem arose. So what I shall do is to uninstall/reinstall both the NVidia and Intel graphics drivers. This problem might be a font rendering issue. Who knows, but it's worth 20 minutes to try it.
 

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OK, so I uninstalled all video drivers in the Apps list, and then deleted the drivers in Device Manager, to ensure that Windows did install the "in-box" WHQL drivers.

Alas, the problem is still there. I did notice one interesting thing: after all the drivers have been deleted in the Device Manager, then the display reverted to extremely tiny character display, each character being only a few pixels high. On a 15.6" (diagonal) UHD+ display, that was *very* small and pretty much the size used in the File Explorer Search Box. So I suspect some kind of programming issue in a recent update to some component of the File Explorer. I will try to follow up on the Microsoft forums as well as this one.

Grateful for any more suggestions! I have reinstalled the Dell set of drivers (the in-box drrivers don't include the graphics card control panels. These work fine, but the original issue is still present.
 

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See booting into Safe Mode have any change to it.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
Will try that tomorrow.
 

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Just wanted to say welcome to the forum and say that is one heck of laptap you've got there. Congrats. Your fully listed specs is much appreciated . A link to your Dell documentation is a cherry on top. Thank you.
 
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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Yes, I was very lucky when I bought it on eBay a few years ago: open-box, essentially new condition w/3 years of Dell's on-site support services should something go wrong (I subsequently extended that to the maximum period possible, since this laptop is going to be more than adequate for a long time, and repairs of any laptop are horrendously expensive...). When the price of 2TB SSDs became more reasonable I then put one in the empty 2nd NVME slot.

This XPS 15 model is slightly thinner and lighter than predecessors in the same series: all metal, but not quite the same massive machined metal solid durable feel as, for instance, the earlier 9560. Still good, but the race to ever thinner portability is getting out of hand.

I recommend this series, as it's a good compromise of screen size, portability, and performance for someone's principal computer, which is my case.
 

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Yes, Safe Mode restores the correct font size in the Search Box. I am going to try uninstalling as many programs that add extensions (property sheets, etc.) and which I use infrequently, and see if that does something.

Are you aware of any File Explorer DLLs I can re-register safely?
 

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System One

First try changing font size maybe changing DPI scaling will help as well play around with those settings.


You can use ShellExView utility to disable third-party extensions.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
OK, when I uninstalled Stardock "Start11" start menu enhancer (I'm an old Windows 7 fossil who can't stand the Windows 8/10/11 start menu), problem solved!

I will reinstall it and see if my problem was bitrot of my Windows 11 install, or an actual Start11 bug.
 

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Thanks for the reminder about the ever-helpful Nirsoft utilities! (I did try adjusting text size in Settings yesterday, but no dice.
 

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OK, when I uninstalled Stardock "Start11" start menu enhancer (I'm an old Windows 7 fossil who can't stand the Windows 8/10/11 start menu), problem solved!

I will reinstall it and see if my problem was bitrot of my Windows 11 install, or an actual Start11 bug.
Happy to know problem resolved!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
Reinstalling Start11 recreated the problem. Will report to Stardock, this may be a bug (although other programs might be the culprit on my machine).

Looked at alternatives: StartAllBack is excellent, does exactly what I need in bringing back a usable Start menu.
 

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Know that this last update affected all the 3rd party apps that affect the GUI. Only install one that has recently been updated to accomodate the last windows update.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Same problem, no Start11. Any other ideas or new data? Thanks.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    ryzen 7
    Memory
    16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop - OLED
    Hard Drives
    2G
Ran sfc /scannow per web suggestion. No change.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    ryzen 7
    Memory
    16G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop - OLED
    Hard Drives
    2G
I am having the same problem, that i noticed today. Gonna go to safe mode and see if that restores the size. The only thing i have installed recently is PowerToys (maybe 8 weeks ago) and everything was fine after the installation until now.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7706 2n1
    CPU
    11th Gen I7-1165G7 @2.8GHz
    Memory
    16 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" QHD+ IPS Touch Display
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