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Changing the Text Size in Different Browsers

How to alter fonts sizes in different browsers. Keyboard shortcuts given here are from the UK version of Windows and, where indicated, Mac OS X. For more extensive information and advice, see the BBC’s My Web My Way pages.

Internet Explorer

To increase the font size

1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v).
2. Go to ‘Text size’ (x).
3. Select either Larger (l) or Largest (g).

To zoom in (version 7+ only):

1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and + to zoom in.
2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and – to zoom out.

To zoom in (version 8+ only):

1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v).
2. Go to ‘Zoom’ (z).
3. Use the up and down keys to select ‘Zoom in’ or an appropriate zoom level.

To force the page to use your preferred font:

1. Open the menu ‘Tools’ (Alt t).
2. Go to ‘Internet Options’ (o).
3. At the bottom of the first tab, ‘General’, select ‘Accessibility’ (Alt e).
4. Tick the box for ‘Ignore font styles specified on webpages’ (Alt s). *Select ‘OK’ twice.

Firefox

To increase the font size (version 2 and earlier) or zoom in (version 3+) either:

*Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v). *Go to ‘Text size’ or ‘Zoom’, respectively (z). *Select ‘Increase’ or ‘Zoom in’, respectively (i).

or:

1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and + (Mac: Cmd and +) to increase the font size or zoom in.
2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and – (Mac: Cmd and -) to decrease the font size or zoom out.

To change the font size only (instead of zooming) in version 3+:

1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v).
2. Go to ‘Zoom’ (z).
3. Select ‘Zoom text only’ (t).
4. Follow the instructions for zooming in, above.

To force the page to use your preferred font:

1. Open the menu ‘Tools’ (Alt t).
2. Go to ‘Options’ (o).
3. Select the ‘Content’ tab, either by using the mouse or tabbing to the tab selection area and using the arrow keys.
4. In the ‘Fonts & Colours’ section, select ‘Advanced’ (Alt a).
5. Untick the box for ‘Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above’ (Alt a).
6. Select ‘OK’ twice.

Opera

To zoom in either:
1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v). 2. Go to ‘Zoom’ (z). 3. Use the arrow keys to select an appropriate zoom level.
or:
1. Use the keyboard shortcut + to zoom in. 2. Use the keyboard shortcut — to zoom out.
You can also set a default zoom level for all new pages. To do this:

1. Open the menu ‘Tools’ (Alt t) and select ‘Preferences’ ® OR use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and F12.
2. Select the ‘Web pages’ tab using the mouse or Ctrl and Tab.
3. Select the appropriate zoom level. Optionally tick the box ‘Fit to width’ to minimize horizontal scrolling.
4. Select ‘OK’.

To force the page to use your preferred font, you can either use ‘User mode’:

1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v).
2. Go to ‘Style’ (s).
3. Select ‘User mode’ (u).

or switch off page fonts and colours in ‘Author mode’:

1. Open the menu ‘Tools’ (Alt t) and select ‘Preferences’ ® OR use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and F12.
2. Select the ‘Advanced’ tab using the mouse or Ctrl and Tab.
3. Move to the ‘Content’ section using the mouse or by tabbing to the section selection area and using the arrow keys.
4. Select ‘Style options’.
5. Move to the ‘Presentation modes’ tab.
6. Locate the ‘Author mode’ column and untick the box for ‘Page fonts and colours’.
7. Select ‘OK’ twice.

Safari

To increase the font size, either:

1. Open the menu ‘View’ (Alt v).
2. Select ‘Make text bigger’ (m).

or:

1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and + (Mac: Cmd and +) to zoom in.
2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl and – (Mac: Cmd and -) to zoom out.