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If you’ve ever opened up a website and been blasted with font so tiny that you yearned for a microscope, you understand the importance of changing font size. Whether your eyesight isn’t what it used to be or you want to squeeze more words onto a page, there are times where you need to change the font size on your screen. Changing font size takes a few seconds and can make text much easier to read.
On Windows computers, press Control and the plus sign (+) to increase the font size you see on your screen. While holding the Control key, keep pressing the + plus sign until the font is the size you want it to be.
To reduce the font size, press Control and the minus sign (-).
On Mac computers, press Command ⌘ and the plus sign (+) to increase your font size. While holding the Command ⌘ key, keep pressing the + plus sign until the font is the size you want it to be.
To reduce the font size, press Control ⌘ and the minus sign (-).
Click on the icon in the upper right corner of your browser (this used to be a wrench, now the icon is three stacked bars). Go to Settings => Advanced => Web Content => Font Size. Pick the size you prefer.
In Firefox, it’s easier to just use the Control + plus/minus sign to adjust the size of your font. But if you want to use the controls in Firefox, using Windows press Alt to get the menu to appear at the top of your screen. Then press Zoom and adjust the size of your font. Using a Mac, click on View => Zoom In/Out.
To select the minimum default font size, click on Tools/Options in Windows, or Preferences on a Mac, then Content. In the Fonts & Colors choose a minimum font size from the dropdown menu.
Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your screen. Click on Zoom and adjust your font size. To change the default font size, go to View => Text Size and select the size you want.
In Safari on a Mac, go to View => Zoom and select your text size.
To select a default minimum font size in Safari on a Mac, go to Safari => Preferences => Advanced => Accessibility => check ”Never Use Font Sizes Smaller Than” and set your preference. On a Windows computer, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen => Appearance and select the default font size.
Go to Settings => General => Accessibility => Large Text. Then select the size of your font from 20 pt. to 56 pt. This will increase the font size for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Messages and Notes.
Another way of increasing the font size is to turn your phone 90° from portrait to landscape. If the font still isn’t big enough, spread the screen with two fingers. This works in Safari, email and some, though not all, apps.
If a section of text doesn’t cover the screen double tap it and the text will enlarge to cover the screen.
Go to => Settings => Accessibility => Font Size and select the font size for your phone (which apps are controlled by this setting depends on your version of Android).
To change the font size on your Android browser, open a web page and press the menu button. Go to Settings => Accessibility and choose your font size. You can adjust the font size with a Text Scaling slider from this page.
Here’s a helpful video showing you how to adjust the font size on your Android phone:
You can also pinch and spread your fingers to adjust the font on the screen of your Android device.
On the Kindle Fire, open a book, press the screen and a toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Press the Aa button => Font Style to choose your font size.
On the Kindle Touch, open a book, press the top of the screen and a toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Press the AA button to choose your font size.
On the Kindle Keyboard, press the AA button to choose your font size.
Changing your font size can make a big difference in how easy text is for you to read. Take a few moments and change your font size to make reading on a screen easier on your eyes!
Do you change your font size? Are you ever frustrated by fonts that are too big or too small? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Eye Chart image by Nancy White
** Kindle Font Size image by Aimee Daniells
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