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Windows open up far too large for a small display


Article updated at 16 May 2022
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Unfortunately the size of windows and dialogs is hard coded in the programs' resources. Microsoft offers predefined resources for two display resolutions:

  • A) Full VGA landscape - this is what we implemented in the Colibri image
  • B) QVGA portrait

Beside this it is possible to ...

  • C) edit all the resources by hand using a resource editor - a time consuming operation. There's a way to make the windows somewhat smaller, but it does not completely solve your problem:
  • D) You can reduce the font size by Registry settings. The windows will automatically get a little bit smaller.

For options B) and C) the Windows CE image needs to be recompiled with the new resources. Platform Builder is needed for this step.