Larger Text on Web Pages

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I would like to know how to make the font bigger on websites?

Thanks, Frieda

Dear Frieda,

I am guessing that you are having a hard time reading the text on some websites and that is why you want to make the font bigger.

If you are using Internet Explorer, you can make the contents of the entire web page larger. Just follow these directions:

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the page you want to read.

2. In the lower, right corner of the Internet Explorer window, you will see 100% with a small arrow to the right of it.

3. Click on that arrow to display a list of Magnifications. Click on something larger than 100%, you might want to try 150% for starters.

4. If you want to go back to 100%, just click the arrow again, and click on 100%.

If you don’t have the toolbar at the bottom of your Internet Explorer window, you will have to turn on the status bar. Here is how:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Tap the “Alt” key on your keyboard to display the menu bar near the top of the Internet Explorer window.

3. Click on “View” in the menu bar, point to “Toolbars” and then click on “Status Bar”.

4. A bar will appear across the bottom of your window with the magnification in the lower right corner.


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    • DianaWilcox
    • March 12, 2010

    I find it much easier, when it works, to hold down the Ctrk button & scroll the mouse wheel.

    • mpsmom
    • March 12, 2010

    Good advice if you use IE, but you missed the easiest solution… CTRL + or CTRL – to enlarge or make smaller. With my mouse, I can also use CTRL and the scroll wheel.

    • AkronAndy
    • March 13, 2010

    Hi Elizabeth! You have a lot of great tips and tricks for making computers easier, and more efficient.

    Here is a simple on that I found that works on most browsers, email, and most programs for enlarging the page/type font to make it easier.

    Just hold the control (Ctrl) key and move the scroll wheel on my mouse, or use the +/- keys while holding the “Ctrl” key.

    Quick and simple.

    Also, in FireFox, under View on the control bar, select “zoom in” or “zoom out”

    • KK4014
    • March 14, 2010

    I’ve tried your advice and sometimes it works and sometimes not. This is very frustrating because it takes forever to print out a e-mail and wastes time paper and ink. Do you have any other suggestions?

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