Introducing the Steam chat font fixer

Update: see this post instead

Updated dropbox public link (4/2/13)

Chatting on Steam can be hard on the eyes, especially with a high resolution setting (like 1920x1080), and currently Valve offers us no way to change the font size.

Our fellow goodjer, Cragmyre, has taken the time and trouble to make a small, standalone editor to allow you to increase the font size in Steam chat. There's nothing dangerous or elaborate about it. It merely edits the steam.styles file located in the x:\Steam\resource\styles folder. You could manually edit this (text) file yourself, but it's rather long and finding all the right areas to change is tedious, and gets overwritten anytime the Steam client updates anyway.

Directions:

extract anywhere, run the file. It should auto-locate your .styles file. Change the font sizes, click Save, then restart steam.

Defaults are mostly 14 pt, for me 18 pt was perfect. I reduced 'security link' to 10 (that's the text line that tells you to never share your password with anyone)

Note that the .styles file will be reset each time the steam client is updated. When that happens, just re-run the fixer and reapply the changes.

This is great. Many thanks to both of you.

Should I give my password to anyone?

[size=8]Never tell your password to anyone.[/size]

No. You should never tell your password to anyone.

Hypatian wrote:
[size=8]Never tell your password to anyone.[/size]

No. You should never tell your password to anyone.

Why? We all know it's:

Spoiler:
8=D

cube wrote:
Hypatian wrote:
[size=8]Never tell your password to anyone.[/size]

No. You should never tell your password to anyone.

Why? We all know it's:

Spoiler:
12345

Fixed.

And cool, will try this out.

Actually, I thought it was

Spoiler:
Never tell your password to anyone.

What's next for this site? GWJ-themed adult diapers?

DevilStick wrote:
What's next for this site? GWJ-themed adult diapers?

I believe the site is prepared for the future of "senior" gamers gamerswithpensions.com

Thanks for the larger font size

Bonnonon wrote:
DevilStick wrote:
What's next for this site? GWJ-themed adult diapers?

I believe the site is prepared for the future of "senior" gamers gamerswithpensions.com

OMG that is too funny.

Thanks to Cragmyre for putting it together.

This is good stuff, thanks go to you both.

I was happy to make it. Jeff came up with the idea, and I knew it wouldn't be too difficult to create, so I worked on it here and there. If you find something that isn't working with it, or have suggestions for improvements ( no guarentees if I'd impliment them ) feel free to let me know.

Glad people are finding it useful!

It doesn't work for me. I get this: http://i.imgur.com/KPAhg.png

Windows 7 64bit.

Can you guys re-upload this? The link is dead...

Thanks!

Edit C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\resource\styles\steam.styles
Open in notepad and use the Replace... feature.
Just type in font-size=14 and replace all with font-size=16 (or 18 if you want)

Did one of the new Steam updates break the app? I see this when I try to fix the font size...

http://i.imgur.com/GcFYHPW.jpg

All my program did was edit the steam.styles file ( which DeThroned mentioned just above ) - I don't believe I have the source code for it any longer, so unfortunately I have no way to fix it. Sorry.

Damn you Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam!!!

The Steam Font Fixer lives!

Tired of the tiny text in Steam chat? Thanks to Goodjer Cragmyre, we now have a solution.

Version 1.1 is out. Cragmyre has updated the code, and fixed the problems that caused 1.0 to crash since Valve changed something in the chat client a while back.

Also, we have a very nice new feature now, the ability for SFF to recall previous settings. Now, if the Steam client updates (thus resetting the font sizes to defaults), you merely need press the "Load Last" button in SFF 1.1 and it will recall your previous settings.

This is a stand-alone exe, no install needed, and you can run it from anywhere. Just note that with this new version, it will create a .layout file which stores your settings. It will run without the existence of the .layout file, but won't remember your settings without it.

All kudos go to Cragmyre, he coded it 100%.

Directions:

1. close Steam
2. run SFF and choose your settings, and press Save
3. restart Steam
4. open Steam chat and hear your eyes breathe a deep sigh of relief.

Here's the dropbox public link.

Here are the settings I use:

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/w7t2OBF.jpg)

Oops, I had meant to reply to this a while ago. So, the problem with the old version was because a new font section was added to the styles file and my program wasn't designed to look for it. This version will now ignore sections it doesn't know about instead of crashing

Hopefully this version is working for people, and if not, just let me know and I'll get it fixed. At this time I'm not planning on adding any new features, but feel free to request them, and who knows, I may just add them next time I'm tinkering around in the source code