How to Enlarge the Text on Your Computer

Updated March 23, 2017

People of all ages can experience difficulty reading text on a computer screen, especially small fonts, fine print and light-coloured text against bright backgrounds. A common side affect is computer vision syndrome (CVS), symptoms of which include eye strain, fatigue, headache and blurred and double vision. Enlarging text can help alleviate or prevent CVS symptoms. Text is easily adjustable through your computer or Internet browser.

Navigate to the top menu and click on "View."

Scroll down to "Zoom." If you would like to enlarge text only, select "Zoom Text Only." If you would also like images to be enlarged, leave this option unchecked.

Hold down the "Ctrl" key and press the plus sign key ("+") as many times as needed to reach a comfortable text size. To decrease text size, hold down the "Ctrl" key while pressing the minus sign key.

Click on "View" in the main menu.

Scroll down to "Text Size."

Select a text size from the drop-down menu options, ranging from "Smallest" to "Largest."

Navigate to the "Start" menu on the bottom-left corner of your desktop screen.

Select "Control Panel" from the pop-up menu. In some Windows operating systems this may be listed under "Settings."

Select "Display" from the drop-down menu. A box with tabs will appear.

Click on the "Appearance" tab. From the "Font Size" menu, choose "Normal," "Large" or "Extra Large." Click "Apply" then "OK" to activate the new settings. This will make the text on your computer screen, menus, folders and programs larger.

Select "Appearance and Personalization" from the control panel, then click on "Personalization."

Click on "Adjust Font Size (DPI)" from the left column. A DPI Scaling window will pop up.

Select "Larger Scale (120 DPI)," then click "Apply" and "OK." You must restart your computer for the changes to take effect.


You can also increase text size in Internet Explorer by pressing the "Ctrl" and plus sign ("+") keys, but this will zoom in on the entire page rather than only enlarge the text.

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About the Author

Nadine Ali has written for local publications including the "North Bergen Reporter" and "The Montclarion," as well as online for various websites. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in psychology and social work.