Increasing Your Computer (or iPad) Font Size By Zooming

For those of you who can’t read the words on your computer screen without wearing glasses, there’s a quick and easy way to increase the size of the text on any web page you go to. It’s like having a virtual magnifying glass at your disposal. You just have to learn to “Zoom in” on your web browser to make the words easier to read. Find out how below.

Do you have a roller on your mouse? If so, on any web page you visit, press and hold the “Ctrl” button (command on Mac’s) while scrolling the roller wheel up as if you were scrolling up the page. Each roller wheel click will increase the text size by one font point. To reduce the text size back to normal, just hold the “Ctrl” button on your keyboard while scrolling the roller wheel downward!

Keyboard shortcuts – The shortcut using your keyboard to “zoom in” on any webpage is simple. On any web page you visit, press and hold the “Ctrl” button (command on Mac’s) while simultaneously pressing the + or – key to increase or decrease the zoom level.

Internet Explorer

1) Open Internet Explorer
2) Click “View” in the upper left corner
3) Select “Zoom In” to zoom in and select “Zoom out” to zoom out

For those of you with Internet Explorer who want an alternative to zooming, you can increase the text size by doing the following:

1) Open Internet Explorer
2) Click “View” in the upper left corner
3) Select “Text Size” and then select “larger” or “largest”
4) To return to the original size, perform the preceding steps and select “medium” or “small” accordingly

Google Chrome

1) Open Google Chrome
2) Click the picture of a “wrench” in the upper right hand corner
3) Click the + sign to increase font, or the – sign to decrease font next to “Zoom”

Safari On Windows

1) Open Safari
2) Click on the paper with the folded corner in the upper right hand corner
3) Scroll down to zoom and then select “Zoom In” to zoom in and select “Zoom Out” to zoom out

Safari On Mac

1) Open Safari
2) Click on the view menu
3) Select “Zoom In” to zoom in and select “Zoom Out” to zoom out

iPad

1) Open “Settings”
2) Select “General”
3) Select “Accessibility”
4) Select “Zoom” and then tap the Zoom On or Off switch. All instructions are on this screen on how to use this feature on your iPad.

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About the Author

Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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10 responses to “Increasing Your Computer (or iPad) Font Size By Zooming”

  1. Scott says:

    I usually don’t need to enlarge a web site, but for those rare times that I do, holding down ctrl and turning the mouse scroll wheel up to enlarge the text works very well for me.

  2. Saffron says:

    Hi thank you very much for trying to fix my vision but i had it since i was 3 years old.

  3. Geetha says:

    Wonderful. Easy solution for a comp.illiterate like me. Thank you very much.

  4. Sadiqtamanna says:

    Worth trying.

  5. Nikolay says:

    Tyler, many thanks for your great help!

  6. Michael J. Terletzky says:

    Thanks for this very useful article.

  7. Cassie says:

    This is very helpful. thank you so much Tyler…

  8. Tyler Sorensen says:

    Hi Scott,

    I do the same thing and it’s very handy.

    To your vision — for life,

    Tyler

  9. Ariel says:

    The way I do it Just press I do, holding down ctrl and then press key or key –
    It works all the time

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