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Problem: Text box headings, drop-down lists, table cell values and annotation text are cut off, missing or blank

Description

Text box headings are cut off or scrambled, and drop-down lists are not active or visible in ArcMap, ArcCatalog or ArcToolbox.

Cause

The operating system font size is set to large fonts.

Solution or Workaround

Change the font size to normal or small fonts.

  • Windows XP:

    A. Navigate to Start > Settings > Control Panel.
    B. Double-click Display.
    C. Click the Appearance Tab.
    D. Click the Font Size drop down list and select Normal.
    E. Click OK.

  • Windows 7:

    A. Navigate to Start > Control Panel.
    B. Double-click Display.
    C. Click the Appearance Tab.
    D. Select 'Smaller - 100% (default)' radio button.
    E. Click 'Set custom font size (DPI)'
    F. Set the Scale to this percentage of normal size to 100% and click OK.

  • Windows Vista:

    A. Navigate to Start > Control Panel.
    B. Double-click Personalize.
    C. Click the Appearance Tab.
    D. Click Adjust font size (DPI)
    E. Click 'Default scale (96dpi)' radio button and click OK.

  • Windows 2000:

    A. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
    B. Double-click the Display icon.
    C. Select the Settings Tab.
    D. Click the Advanced Button.
    E. Select Small Fonts from the Display drop-down list.
    F. Restart the computer so the new settings take effect.

  • Windows NT:

    A. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
    B. Double-click the Display icon.
    C. Select the Settings Tab.
    D. Select Small Fonts from the Font Size drop-down list.
    E. Restart the computer so the new settings take effect.