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NetBeans IDE on Windows 10 - The tabs have teeny-tiny font as labels.

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I have a text book that requires exercises to learn JAVA NetBeans using the 8.1 IDE.

I am using Windows 10.

I have enough familiarity with the IDE to change the look, rearrange the fields, etc. etc.

The IDE functions fine, I can update it and add plug-ins etc.
But I am going nuts because the IDE has such tiny labels on all the tabs, on all the navigation lists, drop down lists etc.

Really, it appears like 5 or 6 point type. I have to use a maginfying glass for some things(!).
:bang head

There has to be a way to get the "look and feel" to be normal size.
Maximizing to full screen makes the IDE big ... but with the tiny type.

Any solution will be really appreciated. :-/
 
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Additional -
I already tried these steps today -
I went to
TOOLS > OPTIONS > Appearance (tab) > Look & Feel (tab)
and tried all the examples .... the font only got tinier on some of them.
I like "Nimbus" ... :mad: but x-tiny fonts!
 
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I have some hope today - in the how to documentation I found the FAQ section . . .

http://wiki.netbeans.org/FaqFontSize

It looks like the only way to modify the teeny-tiny tab font size is to change the "Look and Feel" template option.
I think I already tried that one though....
 
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..... so I have to find this Gnome thing and increase the font size on it somehow.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/36846159/netbeans-8-1-gnome-3-gtk-ui-font-and-tabs-height

I have a lap top that has Windows 10 OS.
I tried doing a search in c:\ drive and got no results on "Gnome". I looked in the Control Panel in System but decided to leave it all alone so I don't break my computer.
Does anyone know how to locate this Gnome thing?

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I have slight success changing my Windows display using Settings > Display.
There are almost no options offered there but I put the "size of text, apps..." slider on maximum (175%) and it seems to make the tabs a little more legible. They are 7 or 8 pt. font size now.
I would like to get them to be 12 point.

The real solution would be if some designer would create a larger-font skin for the thing and import it on the "Look and Feel" section of Appearance in Options. Everything they offer comes out teeny size in Windows 10.
 
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I found out a bunch today. Mostly the ling for the GUI on NB and the templates some people manage to design for it.
But I don't see any with large fonts or even how to download any.

I had an idea to go to
Options > Appearance > Look and Feel
again and EXPORT my template (I am using Nimbus).
Then fool with what I downloaded and
IMPORT if back up.
That sounded like a plan.

I had seen this e-z fix -

http://wiki.netbeans.org/FaqFontSize

where you locate this 1 line file called laf.properties
you just add
--fontsize 14
to the end.

I did see the IMPORT went to a certain folder so I knew where to look for everything.
What I uploaded, as a zipped file, didn't change anything though.
I had unedited versions of folders I fooled with in case I screwed up the IDE.

My NetBeans folder has a lot of folders with config subfolders so I am not sure about creating my own theme.
I don't know which folder to test drive my theme on.
There were some instructions here pointing to the config folder---
https://ui.netbeans.org/docs/ui/themes/themes.html