How to Change Font (Text) Size in Your Browser

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blog or web site and wishing the text size was large enough for you to read it with ease? Or have you experienced the opposite; text that you wished you could shrink? There are some easy keyboard shortcuts you can use to increase or decrease the size of text on any web page you view by making adjustments to your browser.

Note: The adjustments won’t change text size in images, flash animations, etc., and zooming in or zooming out may change the way the layout displays on some web pages you view, causing unintended affects.

1.  PC users - how to change font size in Firefox

Keyboard  shortcut – Hold down the <CTRL> key  and click the   “+” or “-” key to increase or decrease font size as required. Click <CTRL> and “0” to return to default text size.

Alternative Method to change font size in Firefox

  • Click View on the browser Menu Bar.
  • Select  Zoom and click then select text size.

2.  PC users – how to change font size in Microsoft Internet Explorer (All Versions):

  • Click View on the browser Menu Bar.
  • Select Text Size.

3.  Mac OS X users – How to increase or decrease web browser font size in Firefox and in Safari

Keyboard shortcut :  Hold down  <Apple> ‘ and ‘ click the   “+” or “-” key to increase or decrease font size as required and  <  cmd > + 0 restores text to the default size.

< cmd > = <Apple>

4.  Google Chrome – How to increase or decrease web browser font size

Keyboard Shortcut:  Hold down the < CTRL> and click the   “+” or “-” key to increase or decrease font size as required. To restore  font size to default use <CTRL> + 0.

5.   Opera – How to increase or decrease  web browser font size

Keyboard Shortcut: You can quickly increase or decrease the size of both text and graphics using the numberpad+ ‘ (or ‘ 0 ‘ ) and ‘ - ‘ (or ‘ 9 ‘ ) keys. Each click will increase or decrease the size by 10%.

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26 thoughts on “How to Change Font (Text) Size in Your Browser

  1. I am so glad to have found your advice on font size. Now my problem is solved! Have a blessed day timethief!

  2. All well and good but how do you do this in a long work, say my 303 pg. novel that I want to change from TNR to Garamond. I don’t want to have to hold down the scroll key for 303 pages. How do I go from the first letter of the book to the last letter in just a stroke or two? I know this IS possible. I just forgot how.

  3. Thank Goodness! I thought my font was going to be small forever. Somehow I managed to shrink the text and I couldn’t fix it, so I started to look at Google for answers. It took me twenty minutes to find this page. Better late than never, I guess.

  4. COOOOOOOOOOOOOOL, Thanks TT for the tip and for helping me in the forum.
    I have trouble reading some websides because the letters are to smal…you are a STAR,

  5. Looking good TT. :) I just the font a tad big for what I normally need with my browser and the gray isn’t so bad. I love the return to top option!

  6. Using the scroll wheel in combination with CTRL also works to easily scale the text (at least on Firefox and IE).

    • Hi Omar,
      Long time no chat. I discovered the scroll wheel and CTRL combination by accident one day. I had to call a friend to get him to figure out what I had done because I didn’t have a clue why the text was HUGE.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you, your family and the canines are all well and happy too. :)

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