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Changing Text Size in your Browser

If you have trouble reading the print on websites, you can easily change the size of the font to fit your needs. This page explains how to change your font size in Internet Explorer, Netscape and Firefox.

Changing font sizes in your web browser is easy. Instructions will vary from browser to browser, the instructions below are for Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.

Change font size in Internet Explorer version 6.0

  1. If you are using Internet Explorer, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on Tools.
  2. Select Internet Options from this menu. At the bottom of the general section, click on the Accessibility tab in the bottom right.
  3. A pop-up window will open. Click "Ignore font sizes specified on web pages"
  4. Then, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on View.
  5. From the list of options, click Text Size. You will see a side menu open up; select the size you wish to view the website in.
  6. Choose the font size that suits you best.

Change font size in Internet Explorer version 7.0

  1. If you are using Internet Explorer 7.0, go to the menu at the top right of the browser and click on Page
  2. From the list of options, click Zoom. You will see a side menu open up; select the size you wish to view the web site in.
  3. Choose the one that suits you best.

Change font size in Opera version 9.0 and greater

  1. If you are using Opera, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on View.
  2. Click Zoom. You will see a side menu open up; select the size you wish to view the web site in.
  3. Select the font size that suits you best.

Firefox 2.0

  1. Go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on View.
  2. From the list of options, select Text Size. You will see a side menu open up
  3. Select the text size you prefer.
    Note: This will cause the text to display on the web page one size larger. However this is a temporary change.

To make a permanent font size change:

  1. From the Firefox Menu Bar, select Tools then Options.
  2. Click on General
  3. Click on Fonts & Colors.
  4. Set the font sizes. Minimum font size can also be set.

Firefox also allows the text size to be changed with keyboard shortcuts:

Safari

  1. From the Safari menu in the top left, choose "Preferences"
  2. Under the Advanced tab in Preferences, specify a font size by selecting the check box "Never use font sizes smaller than"
  3. Choose a minimum font size.

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