Browser Text Size

Overview

Text size iconAll modern web browsers (the programmes used to access websites) let you zoom in and out of the page in a similar way (see below). You can also adjust the size of the text without zooming the whole page, and each browser has different steps for this.

Zooming in/out of webpages (PC and Mac)

  • Press [Ctrl] + [+] (plus) to zoom in.
  • Press [Ctrl] + [-] (minus) to zoom out.
  • Press [Ctrl] + [0] (zero) to reset to 100%.

On the Mac use [⌘] instead of [Ctrl].

Adjusting text size only (PC and Mac)

Internet Explorer 9

  1. Press [Alt] once to make the menu bar visible.
  2. From the menu bar, select View > Text Size… and your desired size option.

Firefox

  1. From the menu bar, select View > Zoom > Zoom Text Only.
  2. Use the usual zooming controls to change the text size.
  3. Repeat step 1 to deactivate text zooming.

Chrome

  1. From the menu icon (three horizontal lines top right), select Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings, near the bottom of the page.
  3. Under the heading Web content  change the Font size using the drop down menu.

Safari

  1. From the menu bar, select View > Zoom Text Only.
  2. Use the usual zooming controls to change the text size.
  3. Repeat step 1 to deactivate text zooming.

Reading view (Tablets and Mobile)

Some mobile devices, for some websites, offer ‘reading view’. This is normally indicated with a green icon near the web address bar either as a book or spectacles icon. Clicking this icon will attempt to focus in on the main text on a web page and remove extraneous clutter. The following Apps we’ve found include reading view:

  • Firefox App (grey open book icon next to web address)
  • Opera and Opera Mini Apps (within settings, choose ‘single column view’)
  • In-built browser for Android (green R icon next to web address)
  • In-built browser for iOS (Safari on iPad and iPhone) (grey Reader button next to web address)
  • Amazon Silk browser for Kindle Fire (green spectacles icon next to web address)

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