How to resize text on your browser screen

These days users are likely to have one of the following browsers

  • Google Chrome
  • FireFox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • Opera
  • Safari (for Apple Mac)

Each has a way to adjust the font as well as the size of the text.

Once set, these preferences become the default for all websites you visit.

By doing this once and for all, you won’t have to worry about whether a site has a text resizing button.

If you are using older versions of Internet Explorer Version (V. 6 and earlier), you may not be able to resize text  that was coded into the page (“hard-coded”) The link below explains how to deal with that, but it is worth noting that Internet Explorer versions 6 and older may not be very secure and so you should consider upgrading to a the latest updates from MicroSoft by clicking the Windows, or start button, and selecting”Windows Update” from the menu selections.

Alternatively you could try the latest FireFox, it’s free, it’s friendly and has lots of extensions to make it even more useful.

Note also that at any time you can use the wheel of your mouse (if you have one) to zoom into a page, by holding down the CONTROL key and move the wheel to make the fonts smaller or larger – this should work on most web sites. Or you can use Control + and Control –  The only problem might be that everything jumbles and no longer fits in your screen

Internet Explorer 7 and later also have a zoom button in the bottom, right-hand corner.

Firefox has a button you can add by right-clicking on the Standard Toolbar (very top) and choosing CUSTOMIZE at the bottom of the pop-up menu.  This will give you a choice of buttons you can add by simply dragging them (click and hold a button) into the toolbar >

In Internet Explorer and Firefox you can also use the View option in your Menu to Zoom In or Out.  In FireFox there are also options to Reset text size or Zoom Text Only.

Below are links to detailed guides on increasing or reducing text size in different web browsers, provided by “Disabled World”.

Changing Web Page Text Size using Firefox

Changing Text Size using Internet Explorer

Changing Text Size using Opera

Changing Text Size using Netscape

Changing Text Size using Google Chrome

Changing Text Size using Mac Safari

For the vision impaired a screen magnifier may be just what you need. A screen magnifier is software that interfaces with a computer’s graphical output to present enlarged screen content.

Disabled World – Guide to resizing text and fonts using Internet Explorer FireFox Opera Safari Google Chrome and Netscape web browsers: