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Change Your Fonts

How To Change Your Fonts And How to Magnify Your Screen

1- How to Change Your Fonts

Some people find certain text styles or fonts difficult to read on their computer and on websites. For example, a serif style such as Times New Roman, or a ‘cluttered’ script such as Helvetica narrow. Most people find a sans-serif style such as Arial or Verdana more comfortable. Others find a monospaced font such as Courier easier to read – these may include people with dyslexia.

These guides explain how to change the font in your operating system (Windows or Mac). You can also change the default font in specific programmes such as web browsers, which will make it easier to surf the internet.

There are two ways to do this…

  • Change the fonts on your computer
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac). Please select from the options below.
      1. Windows 7
      2. Mac OS X
  • Change the fonts in your browser
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac) Please select from the options below.
      1. Windows 7
        1. Change your fonts in Internet Explorer 7
      2. Mac OS X
        1. Change your fonts in Safari

2- How to Magnify Your Screen

If increasing the text size on your operating system or web browser does not make text easy to read, then the next step is to magnify the screen. These guides explain how to use the magnification software that is built in to your operating system (Windows or Mac). There are also third-party software applications available.

Here’s how to do this…

  • Turn on magnification on your computer
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac)). Please select from the options below.
      1. Windows 7
      2. Mac OS X

How To Change Your Fonts In Windows 7

Step 1: Open the ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window

Open the ‘Personalization’ window (shown in Fig 3) by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop and selecting ‘Personalize‘. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Open the ‘Ease of Access Center’ window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by clicking the ‘Start‘ button, followed by ‘Control Panel‘, then ‘Ease of Access‘, then ‘Ease of Access Center‘.

Under the ‘Explore all settings’ header, click on ‘Make the computer easier to see‘ (Fig 1) or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1

Under the ‘Make things on the screen easier to see’ header (Fig 2), click on ‘Fine tune display effects‘, or press Alt + C, to open the ‘Personalization’ window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 2

Step 2: Choose a theme

In the ‘Personalization’ window (Fig 3), you can choose to use an existing theme, including high-contrast themes.

Fig 3

To customise a theme’s fonts, scroll to the the bottom of the ‘Personalization’ window and click on the ‘Window Color‘ icon, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

If you are using a non-Aero theme, when you click on the ‘Window Color‘ icon, the pop-up ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window shown in Fig 5 will appear. Go to Step 3.

If you are using an Aero theme, when you click on the ‘Window Color‘ icon, the ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window shown in Fig 4 will appear.

Fig 4

Click on ‘Advanced appearance settings‘, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to open the pop-up ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window (shown in Fig 5).

Step 3: Change your fonts

In the pop-up ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window (Fig 5), click on the drop-down list under the ‘Item‘ header or press Alt + I, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of items.

Fig 5

If it is possible to change the font for a particular ‘Item’, the second row of buttons (below the ‘Font’ header) will become active. For example, if ‘Menu’ is selected in the list. You can change the fonts for the following ‘Items’.

  • Active Title Bar
  • Icon
  • Inactive Title Bar
  • Menu
  • Message Box
  • Palette Title
  • Selected Items
  • ToolTip

To change the font used for ‘Menu’ (as the example in Fig 5 shows), click on the drop-down button under the ‘Font‘ header or press Alt + F, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of fonts to choose the one you want.

To change the size of the font you have chosen, click the drop-down button below the ‘Size‘ header or press Alt + E, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of font sizes.

Step 4: Save your changes

When you’ve made all your changes, click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter. If you are not using an Aero theme, this will return you to the ‘Personalization’ window (Fig 3).

If you are using an Aero theme, you will return to the main ‘Window Color and Appearance’ window (Fig 4). Click on the ‘Save changes‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and press Enter to return to the ‘Personalization’ window.

Your customised theme will appear at the top of the ‘Personalization’ window with the name ‘Unsaved Theme’. Click on ‘Save Theme‘, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter. This will open a dialogue box. Type in a name for your theme and click ‘Save‘ or press Enter.

To finish, close the ‘Personalization’ window by clicking on the red close cross or by pressing Alt + F4.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.



How To Change Your Fonts In Mac OS X

There are no built-in options to easily change the system fonts used by Mac OS X for menus, toolbars, titles and other text at the time of writing this guide. To change the system fonts, you’ll need to use third-party software.

Change your fonts using third-party software

There are third-party software solutions for changing the fonts in Mac OS X, but these may require you to change system settings at a programming level and are aimed mainly at administrators and experienced users.

However, the freeware programme TinkerTool is aimed at regular users. It allows you to activate personal preference features that Apple has hidden in the Mac OS X operating system, including the ability to change the system fonts, as shown in Fig 1. Further information is available on the website of the software’s producer Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme.

Fig 1

Other programmes that allow you to change the system settings may also be available. Consult the Apple Downloads – System/Disk Utilities page for a list of available free and paid-for software.



How To Magnify The Screen In Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to use Magnifier, the built-in magnification feature in Windows 7. You can choose whether you want full-screen magnification or to just magnify part of your screen.

Note: The ‘Ease of Access Center’ has replaced ‘Accessibility Options’ (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the ‘Control Panel’ of Windows 7

Turn on and customise Magnifier

Step 1: Use Magnifier now

You can start Magnifier at any time by pressing the Windows key and ‘+‘ (plus), which is also the shortcut for zooming in.

Alternatively, open the ‘Ease of Access Center’ window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by clicking the ‘Start‘ button, followed by ‘Control Panel‘, then ‘Ease of Access‘, then ‘Ease of Access Center‘.

Under the ‘Quick access to common tools’ header, shown in Fig 1, click ‘Start Magnifier‘, or press Alt + G. This will start the magnifier for current use.

Fig 1

Step 2: Set Magnifier to start every time

Follow these steps to make Magnifier start automatically when you log in.

Open the ‘Ease of Access Center’ window as in Step 1. Under the ‘Explore all settings’ header, click on ‘Make the computer easier to see‘, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Under the ‘Make things on the screen larger’ header, shown in Fig 2, tick the box next to ‘Turn on Magnifier‘, or press Alt + N to tick it. Click the ‘Apply‘ button or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 2

Step 3: Change how Magnifier appears on your screen

When Magnifier starts, a magnifying glass icon appears on the screen, as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3

Click on the magnifying glass icon to open the Magnifier toolbar shown in Fig 4. You can also open this by clicking on the Magnifier icon on your taskbar, or by pressing the Windows key + T and then using the arrow keys to highlight ‘Magnifier‘ and then pressing the Spacebar.

Fig 4

To decrease the magnification, click the ‘Minus‘ button on the Magnifier toolbar, or press the Windows key and ‘‘ (minus). To increase the magnification, click the ‘Plus‘ button, or press the Windows key and ‘+‘ (plus).

Magnifier features three forms of magnification, which you can choose by clicking on the ‘Views‘ drop-down menu on the toolbar, as shown in Fig 5, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to select one of these options. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcuts listed below.

Fig 5

Click on ‘Full screen‘, or press Ctrl + Alt + F, to have the entire screen magnified. However, you may not be able to see the whole screen at one time; click on ‘Preview full screen‘, or press Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar, to see which portion of the screen is being shown.

Click on ‘Lens‘, or press Ctrl + Alt + L, to have just the area around the mouse pointer magnified. The magnification window will move to follow where you move the mouse.

Click on ‘Docked‘, or press Ctrl + Alt + D, to have only part of the screen magnified. The magnification window will appear along the top edge of your screen.

Note: You need to be using an ‘Aero’ theme to use Full-screen mode or Lens mode. For instructions on changing your theme, see the How to change the colours in Windows 7 guide.

Step 4: Tell Magnifier where to focus

In Full-screen and Dock modes, you can set where you want Magnifier to focus. If you are using Lens mode, go to Step 5.

Click on the ‘Options‘ button (the gear icon to the right of ‘Views’), or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the ‘Magnifier Options’ window shown in Fig 6.

Fig 6

To magnify the area where your mouse is pointing, tick the box next to ‘Follow the mouse pointer‘, or press Alt + M to tick it.

To magnify the area where the pointer moves when you press the Tab or arrow keys, tick the box next to ‘Follow the keyboard focus‘, or press Alt + K to tick it.

To magnify the area in which you are typing, tick the box next to ‘Have Magnifier follow the text insertion point‘, or press Alt + T to tick it.

If you want to reverse out the colours in the magnification window, tick the box next to ‘Turn on color inversion‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + I to tick it.

When you are finished, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Enter.

Step 5: Change the size of the magnifier lens

In Lens mode, the focus is always set on where the mouse pointer is on the screen. You can, however, change the size of the magnifier lens.

Click on the ‘Options‘ button (the gear icon to the right of ‘Views’), or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the ‘Magnifier Options’ window shown in Fig 7.

Fig 7

Under the ‘Magnifier Lens Size‘ header, click and drag the sliders to make the magnifying lens taller or shorter, and narrower or wider. Alternatively, press Tab until the slider you want to adjust is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to change the height and width. You can also do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + R at any time.

If you want to reverse out the colours in the magnification window, tick the box next to ‘Turn on color inversion‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + I to tick it.

When you are finished, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Enter.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

Step 6: Keyboard shortcuts in Magnifier

The following keyboard shortcuts are available when using Magnifier.

  • Windows key and + (plus) – Zoom in.
  • Windows key and – (minus) – Zoom out.
  • Ctrl + Alt + F – Switch to ‘Full-screen’ mode.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar – Preview the desktop in full-screen mode.
  • Ctrl + Alt + L – Switch to ‘Lens’ mode.
  • Ctrl + Alt + R – Resize the lens.
  • Ctrl + Alt + D – Switch to ‘Docked’ mode.
  • Ctrl + Alt + I – Invert the colours in the magnification window.
  • Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys – Move the focus in the direction chosen.
  • Windows key + Esc – Exit Magnifier.


How To Magnify The Screen In Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to use Zoom, the built-in magnification feature in Mac OS X.

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure ‘Full keyboard access’ is turned on – you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl + F1 at any time.

Turn on and customise Zoom

Step 1: Open the ‘Universal Access’ window

Make sure you are in ‘Finder’. If necessary, press Apple + Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to ‘Finder’.

Click on the ‘Apple‘ icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl + F2.

Click on ‘System Preferences‘, as shown in Fig 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

Fig 1

In the ‘System Preferences’ window (shown in Fig 2), click on the ‘Universal Access‘ icon, or press Tab repeatedly (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘Universal Access’ icon is highlighted and then press the Spacebar.

Fig 2

Step 2: Turn on and use Zoom

In the ‘Universal Access’ window (shown in Fig 3), make sure the ‘Seeing‘ tab is selected. If it is not, click on it, or press Ctrl + F7 to highlight one of the tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select it.

Fig 3

Under the ‘Zoom‘ header, click the ‘On‘ radio button, or press Tab until the ‘Off’ radio button is highlighted and then press the left arrow key to select ‘On‘. You can also turn Zoom on or off at any time by pressing Alt + Apple + 8.

To zoom in at any time, press Alt + Apple and ‘=‘ (equal sign). The ‘preview rectangle’ (the black-bordered box visible in Fig 4 & 5) shows the area of the screen that you will see at maximum zoom. To zoom back out, press Alt + Apple and ‘‘ (minus).

Note: In older versions of Mac OS X, as shown in Fig 4, you need to click the ‘Turn on Zoom‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar. You can also turn Zoom on or off at any time by pressing Alt + Apple +*‘ (asterisk). Note also that the shortcut to zoom in is Alt + Apple and ‘+‘ (plus).

Fig 4

Step 3: Customise the settings for Zoom

Click the ‘Zoom Options‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the ‘Zoom Options’ window shown in Fig 4.

Fig 5

Click on the ‘Maximum Zoom‘ slider to set the highest magnification level you want for Zoom, or press Tab (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to highlight the slider and then use the left and right arrow keys to set the maximum magnification level.

In the same manner, set the ‘Minimum Zoom‘ slider to the minimum magnification level you want for Zoom.

When you are happy with your settings, click on the ‘Done‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to the ‘Universal Access’ window.

Click on the window’s red close button or press Apple + W to finish.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.


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