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, Chrome, 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, Chrome, and Firefox.

Change Font Size in Internet Explorer (version 7.0 and greater)

  1. If you are using Internet Explorer, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on View.
  2. 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.

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

  • Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
  • Press Ctrl and - to decrease the size
  • Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size

Change Font Size in Chrome

  1. If you are using Chrome, go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Web Content section, use the Font size drop-down menu to select your preferred text size.

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

  • Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
  • Press Ctrl and - to decrease the size
  • Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size

Change Font Size in Firefox

  1. Go to the menu at the top of the browser window and click on View. From the list of options, select Text Size. You will see a side menu open up; 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>Options.
  2. Click on Content.
  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:

  • Press Ctrl and + to increase the size
  • Press Ctrl and - to decrease the size
  • Press Ctrl and 0 to go back to the default size