Have you tried to read a web page and you had to squint your eyes because the font size was too small? The combination of resolutions and screen sizes can result in wild pairings that make the text on the web pages hard to read. The question is: How do I permanently enlarge text in my browser? The answer differs quite a lot depending on the web browser that you use. In this guide, we answer this question for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer. Read on to find out how to enlarge text in your favorite web browser:
Zoom and font size for web browsers in Windows
We cover in this tutorial the need to increase only the font size on web pages. For all the web browsers included in our article, you can change the size of the entire page by using the zoom function. The standard methods for all browsers are to use the keyboard: CTRL + to Zoom In and make things bigger, and CTRL - to Zoom Out and make things smaller.
Alternatively, keep pressing the CTRL key on the keyboard while you use the scroll wheel on your mouse to make things larger or smaller. The disadvantage with this Zoom In/Zoom Out method is that everything on the page increases in size. If you want to increase only the font size so that it is easier to read the text, then the methods described below are the ones you need. Read on to find out, for each web browser, how to change the font size.
How do I make the text bigger in Google Chrome?
Google Chrome makes it easy to change the font size used on web pages. First, click or tap "Customize and control Google Chrome" - the vertical three dots button on the top-right corner. Choose Settings from the menu.
Scroll down on the Settings page that opens, until you reach the Font size section. The current size is displayed in a button on the right side. Click or tap the button to open the drop-down list and choose the new size that you want to apply to web pages: Very large, Large, Medium, Small, or Very small.
The change is applied immediately to all the existing web pages and also to the new ones that you open.
How do I make the text bigger in Mozilla Firefox?
Mozilla Firefox has two different approaches to deal with font sizes. One uses the Zoom function of the browser, and it allows you to restrict its effect on text only (Zoom Text Only). The second method is to set the Minimum font size.
For the first method, you need to press ALT + V on the keyboard to open the View menu. Choose Zoom, and then enable Zoom Text Only. You can double check the effect by opening the menu again and following the same path. When Zoom Text Only is enabled, there is a check mark in front of it.
You can now use the Zoom commands to change the font size for the web pages. Press CTRL and + to increase the font and CTRL and - to decrease it. Alternatively, keep presing the CTRL key on the keyboard while you rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse to change the size.
The second method can be activated in the Firefox options. Press on the hamburger button (three horizontal lines) found on the top-right corner. Choose Options in the menu that opens.
On the left, go to the General section of settings. On the right, in the Fonts & Colors section, press the Advanced button.
A pop-up is shown, where you have a Minimum font size drop-down list. Click or tap on it and choose the minimum font size that makes reading comfortable for you. You can play with this setting to make sure that you choose the right value. If you want to revert any changes, choose the option None.
When done, press OK to save your settings.
How to change the font size in Microsoft Edge?
Microsoft Edge does not offer a method to modify the font that applies only to the web pages. Instead, the font is controlled by the same setting that controls the font for the Windows 10 operating system. It means that all the fonts displayed in Windows 10 have to change so that the font for the Microsoft Edge web page can change as well.
While not entirely senseless (if the web pages are unreadable then why would the other texts look any better?), this restriction creates controversy because many users are used to being able to control this setting separately (even Internet Explorer allows this type of control). The change of the font size for the entire Windows 10 system is available in the Settings app in the Display screen. Windows offers font sizes that start from 100% and increase in steps of 25%. The maximum size is calculated by Windows depending on the resolution of your screen.
For detailed instructions, read Change the screen resolution and make text and icons bigger in Windows 10.
How to change the font size in Opera?
Open the Opera menu by clicking or tapping the O button from the top-left corner. In the menu that opens, choose Settings.
Scroll down in the Settings page that opens in a new tab until you reach the Appearance section and Font size entry. On the right of this entry, you see the current font size. Click or tap the font size to open the drop-down list. Choose the new size that you want to apply to web pages: Very large, Large, Medium, Small, or Very small.
The change is applied immediately to all the existing web pages and also to the new ones that you open in Opera.
How do I make the font size bigger in Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer has the setting for the font size available in its View menu. Open the menu by pressing ALT + V on the keyboard. Choose Text size in the menu and in the submenu that opens up choose the new font size that you want to apply: Very large, Large, Medium, Small, or Very small.
The change is applied immediately to all the existing web pages and also to the new ones that you open in Internet Explorer.
Did you manage to increase the font size for your browser?
Setting the font size for web pages in the major web browsers for Windows is a collection of different methods. Once you take them one by one, the changes are easy and straightforward to implement. Let us know in a comment below, how you dealt with the font size increases for your web browser and how happy you are with the result.