Microsoft Word - Office 2010: The ribbon icons are suddenly very big

Asked By Elmont on 15-Jul-14 09:32 AM
When I open Word, it kind of looks like my screen has suddenly been set to a lower resolution, but it hasn't. It's just that all the icons on the ribbons, as well as the status bar & shit are being displayed larger than normal. It's enough to be annoying and enough to make them all pixelated. This occurred suddenly. It is this way in all Office programs, but here is a picture of Word:

I have attempted to fix this by restarting the computer, but this had no effect. I then spent some time examining the Word options (where all the pictures also appear slightly too large) in case I had somehow selected the "Show excessively large icons" checkbox — this exists in the latest version of, but to the best of my knowledge it does not exist in Word 2010. I also tries running the program in compatibility mode for various other versions of windows, but this just prevented it from having a transparent title bar while not having any effect on the problem.

Does anyone know what this is and how to change it back?
adem replied to Elmont on 15-Jul-14 09:32 AM
I'm also having this problem.  Please advise if you find a solution.
adem replied to Elmont on 10-Nov-10 10:05 AM
Just found a solution.

It appears the problem is linked with your Windows Theme. One of the values in menu bar font sizes is too large. The quickest way to overcome the problem is just to reset back to a default theme.
Jules Aeste replied to Elmont on 06-Oct-14 08:51 PM
Hi Elmont, 

Here is what fixed the obnoxiously large office ribbon for me:

Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display

Settings to select:

-Smaller (100%) default
-Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays
Chad Schofield replied to Jules Aeste on 07-Oct-21 12:47 PM
Nice to see 5 years on Microsoft still can't sort this, on Windows... their own platform. Still grateful for the clues.

I run two monitors off my laptop. The laptop screen has enlarged text because of the resolution. I was getting massive UI on other screen, sorted it by making a non-enlarged screen Main Display.