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Make Your Text Larger

How To Change The Settings In Your Operating System Or Web Browser To Increase The Text Size, Making It Easier To See.

 

You can make the text on your computer easier to see and read in a number of ways. These guides explain how to increase the text size in your operating system (Windows or Mac). You can also make the text bigger in specific programmes such as web browsers, which will make it easier to surf the internet.

There are three ways to do this…

  • Make the text larger on your computer

Change the settings in your operating system to make the text easier to see every time you use 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

 

  • Make the text larger in your browser

Increase the text size in web browsers such as Internet Explorer temporarily, or for every time you surf the internet.

 

  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 Make The Text Larger On Your Computer In Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text and other elements in Windows 7 by either changing the DPI (dots per inch) scale, or by decreasing your screen resolution.

Areas in this guide:

  • Change the text size to larger scale
  • Change the screen resolution

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.

Change the text size to larger scale

Note: You may be required to restart your computer after making some of the changes here. Be sure to save and close any open documents.

Step 1: Open the ‘Ease of Access Center’ window

Press the Windows key + U or click 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

Step 2: Change the scale

Under the ‘Make things on the screen larger’ header, click on ‘Change the size of text and icons‘, as shown in Fig 2, or press Alt + Z.

Fig 2

In the following window (Fig 3), you have three options (or two, depending on your setup). To select the size you want, click the radio buttons or press Alt + S for the default scale (100%), press Alt + M for the medium scale (125%) or press Alt + L for the larger scale (150%).

Fig 3

Click the ‘Apply‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to save your changes. You may then be required to restart your computer.

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.

Change the screen resolution

Step 1: Open the ‘Screen Resolution’ window

You can open the ‘Screen Resolution’ window by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop. From the menu that appears, select ‘Screen Resolution‘ to open the window shown in Fig 2. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Press the Windows key + U or click 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 larger’ header, click on ‘Change the size of text and icons‘ or press Alt + Z.

Click on ‘Change Display Settings‘ in the panel on the left to open the window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

Step 2: Change the display settings

To change your screen resolution, click the button beside ‘Resolution‘ to reveal the slider, as shown in Fig 3. Drag the slider to your desired setting. Alternatively, press Alt + R and then use the arrow keys to move the slider.

Fig 3

Click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to save your changes.

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 Make The Text Larger In Internet Explorer 7 For Windows

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text, or make the entire web page larger, in the Internet Explorer 7 web browser running on Windows systems. You can change the settings temporarily, or for every time you surf the internet.

Step 1: Change the text size temporarily

Unlike earlier versions of Internet Explorer, IE 7 has a zoom feature that allows you to enlarge the whole browser window. To do this, press Ctrl and ‘+‘ (plus) to increase the zoom and Ctrl and ‘‘ (minus) to decrease the zoom.

You can also change just the text size. The way to do this does depends on how the site has been built. For many sites you only need to do the following:

Click on the ‘Page‘ icon in the menu bar and then select ‘Text Size‘ from the drop-down menu, as shown in Fig 1, or press Alt + P and then press X.

Choose your preferred text size by clicking on it, or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter.

Fig 1

Step 2: Set your preferred text size for all web pages you visit

Some websites have fixed the size of their text (‘hard-coded’) and, as a result, these websites will not show the change you have just made. If you would like to use your larger text on these sites, follow these steps:

Click on ‘Tools‘ in the menu bar and then ‘Internet Options‘ from the drop-down menu, or press Alt + T and then press O. You should now see the ‘Internet Options’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

Click on the ‘Accessibility‘ button or press Alt + E.

In the ‘Accessibility’ window (shown in Fig 3), tick the box next to ‘Ignore font sizes specified on webpages‘, or press Alt + Z to tick it.

Fig 3

Click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Enter, to return to the ‘Internet Options’ window.

Click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to finish and return to Internet Explorer.

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 Make The Text Larger On Your Computer In Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text and other elements in Mac OS X by either increasing the font size or decreasing the screen resolution. These instructions and images are for Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), but there are only minor differences from earlier versions of Mac OS X.

Areas in this guide:

  • Change the screen resolution
  • Change the font size for files and folders

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.

Change the screen resolution

Step 1: Open the ‘Displays’ 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 ‘Displays‘ icon, or press Tab repeatedly (you might need to press Ctrl + F7 first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘Displays‘ icon is highlighted and then press the Spacebar.

Fig 2

Step 2: Change the display settings

Make sure the ‘Display‘ tab is selected, as shown in Fig 3. 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

To make text appear bigger on the screen, you can change your display to a lower resolution. Click on the setting you want in the box below the ‘Resolutions‘ header, as shown in Fig 3, or press Tab until one of the ‘Resolutions‘ settings is selected and then use the up and down arrow keys to choose the resolution you want. Repeat this process until you find the best screen resolution for you.

When you are happy with how your screen appears, click on the window’s red close button or press Apple + W.

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.

Change the font size for files and folders

You can change both the text and icon size for all files and folders, including those on your desktop.

Step 1: Change the text size of files and folders on your desktop

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

Click on ‘View‘ on the menu bar and select ‘Show View Options‘, as shown in Fig 1, or press Apple + J. This opens the ‘Desktop’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 1

Click on the drop-down button next to ‘Text size‘ and choose a font size up to 16pt (there’s no keyboard shortcut). You can also make the icon smaller or larger by clicking and dragging the ‘Icon size‘ slider (again, no keyboard shortcut), as shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

When you are finished, click on the window’s red close button or press Apple + W.

Step 2: Change the text size for files in a specific folder or in all folders

Select a folder by double-clicking on it, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Apple + O to open it. In this example, a folder called ‘Pictures’ has been used.

Click on ‘View‘ on the menu bar and select ‘Show View Options‘, as shown in Fig 1, or press Apple + J. This opens a window with the name of the folder (in this case, ‘Pictures’), as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3

Click on the drop-down button next to ‘Text size‘ and choose a font size up to 16pt (there’s no keyboard shortcut). You can also make the icon smaller or larger by clicking the radio buttons next to the ‘Icon size‘ header (again, no keyboard shortcut), as shown in Fig 2.

If you would like these settings to apply to all of your folders, click the ‘Use as Defaults‘ button. (In Mac OS 10.4 and earlier, you can apply your settings to all folders by clicking the ‘All windows‘ radio button.)

When you are finished, click on the window’s red close button or press Apple + W.

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 Make The Text Larger In Safari For Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text, or make the entire web page larger, in the Safari web browser running on Mac OS X systems. You can change the settings temporarily, or for every time you surf the internet.

Areas in this guide:

  • Change the text size temporarily
  • Set the text size for all web pages you visit

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.

Change the text size temporarily

To increase or decrease the magnification of a web page in Safari, press Apple and ‘+‘ (plus) to zoom in, or Apple and ‘‘ (minus) to zoom out. To return the text to its original size, press Apple + 0.

You can also do this via the menu bar, as shown in Fig 1. Click on ‘View‘, or press Ctrl + F2 to highlight the menu bar and press the right arrow key to open the ‘View‘ drop-down menu. If you want to only change the text size rather than everything on the web page, make sure ‘Zoom Text Only‘ is ticked. You can tick or untick it by clicking on it, or use the arrow keys to highlight it and then press Enter.

Click ‘Zoom In‘ to increase the text size, or ‘Zoom Out‘ to decrease the text size. Alternatively, use the arrow keys to highlight one of the size options and then press Enter. (In older versions of Safari, you need to choose either ‘Make Text Bigger‘ or ‘Make Text Smaller‘).

Fig 1

Set the text size for all web pages you visit

Step 1: Open the ‘Appearance’ window

Click on ‘Safari‘ in the menu bar and then ‘Preferences‘ from the drop-down menu, as shown in Fig 1, or press Apple + , ‘ (comma).

Fig 1

This will open the window shown in Fig 2. If ‘Appearance’ is not already selected, click on the ‘Appearance‘ icon, or press Ctrl + F5 to highlight any of the icons and then press the right or left arrow keys until ‘Appearance‘ is highlighted and then press the Spacebar.

Fig 2

Step 2: Choose the font size for all web pages you visit

Click on the ‘Select‘ button to the right of the ‘Standard font’ box (in the example in Fig 2, it says ‘Times 16’), or press Tab until the ‘Select‘ button is highlighted and then press the Spacebar. This will open the ‘Fonts’ window, as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3

Click on the text size you want from the list below the ‘Sizes‘ header. Alternatively, press Ctrl + F6 and then Ctrl + F7 and then press Tab until the box below the ‘Sizes‘ header is highlighted. Enter the text size you want, or press Tab again and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the list until the size you want is highlighted.

When you are happy with your choices, click on the red close button or press Esc to close the ‘Fonts’ window. Click on the red close button or press Esc to close the ‘Appearance’ window and return to Safari.

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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