Did the text size on the blue get shrunk? March 3, 2012 5:15 PM   Subscribe

Text size issue - looks smaller on the front page of the blue than it used to. I increased text size in my profile, now the blue looks "normal" (like it did before) but MetaTalk and AskMe look much bigger.

Not sure if this is just me, but... (all of the following is while I am logged in, btw)

I noticed some weird letter-spacing issues on the blue recently, and it looked like the text size was smaller. I checked my profile and it still said 12 pt for body text, and 10 pt for small text. I hadn't changed it. So then I upped it to 14 pt for body text and 12 pt for small text. Okay, then the blue looked fine, just how it had been before. Fixed, I thought.

Then I come to MetaTalk and the text is huge (actually 14 pt I guess). Same deal on Ask. So... something is causing different text sizes between the blue and the gray and green.

Here's a pic for comparison to show what I am talking about:

Mefi text size comparison

I'm not using a weird stylesheet or anything - my profile was just the defaults (I think) before I started messing with it today.
posted by marble to Bugs at 5:15 PM (12 comments total)

Are you using Firefox? If so, open the blue in a tab and hold down ctrl while you hit the zero. If it's a browser setting, that will restore it to normal.
posted by donnagirl at 5:22 PM on March 3, 2012

Okay thanks, I feel stupid. That was it! I must have changed the text size at some point and forgotten about it.

Go ahead and delete this, sorry for wasting anyone's time. :(
posted by marble at 5:24 PM on March 3, 2012

If you use the text zoom feature of your browser it will remember your zoom level. Sounds like that's what is happening.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:25 PM on March 3, 2012

oh, ok. Great!
posted by pb (staff) at 5:26 PM on March 3, 2012

As I recall there's some sort of easy to accidentally do combo involving a keyboard control key and the mousewheel that will change font-size level on a given page. Don't worry, you're not the only person to run into that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:26 PM on March 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

How old were you when you first noticed the problem? Just wondering.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:27 PM on March 3, 2012

Happens to me all the time. Somehow, it's an easy key combo for me to hit without meaning to.
posted by donnagirl at 5:27 PM on March 3, 2012

Ctrl-mousewheel does the font size up and down in Chrome. I do that inadvertently quite often.
posted by SpacemanStix at 6:35 PM on March 3, 2012

Obligatory Father Ted lesson on perspective.
posted by arcticseal at 7:37 PM on March 3, 2012

CTRL-Mousewheel works in Firefox, too. Also, you can hit up the menu and hit view-->zoom-->reset to get back to 'normal' if you've had too many beers and forget what normal looks like.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:53 PM on March 3, 2012

If you're using Firefox, installing NoSquint will give you better control over per-site zoom levels than the native Firefox zoom controls, plus a zoom percentage meter in the addons/status bar so you can instantly tell how much full zoom and text zoom has been applied to the page you're looking at. It also lets you mess with site text and background colors without needing to engage with CSS. Nice tool.
posted by flabdablet at 8:50 PM on March 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

(This totally happened to me, too. Still haven't figured it out.)
posted by argonauta at 4:28 AM on March 4, 2012

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