Enlarging Screen Font Size

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 4, 2016)

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The newer class of video monitors are amazing, offering resolution and clarity unheard of only a few years ago. One of the problems with high-resolution monitors, though, is that everything on the monitor looks smaller. This might not be a problem for some items, but it can be a real problem for fonts. What used to be readable may, at a higher resolution, be fuzzy or downright impossible to read.

Fortunately, Windows allows you to adjust the size of the font used to display text on your screen. All you need to do is follow these steps if you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound link.
  3. Click the Display link. You'll see the Display settings for your system. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Display settings in the Control Panel.

  5. Use the controls under the Change Only the Text Size section to adjust the text size for various system items.
  6. Close the Control Panel when done.

In Windows 7 you don't have as much flexibility. You can follow the same steps (1 through 3), but you won't find a Change Only the Text Size section. Instead, you can adjust the size of all screen elements, including text. Windows 7 provides 3 settings; you should pick the one that provides the best balance between size and usability.

Depending on the settings you change, you may need to log out of Windows and log back in so you can see the effects of the change.

The configuration settings described in this tip affect the font size used by Windows, not the font size used by programs running under Windows. If you want to adjust font size in those programs (such as Word, Excel, or other desktop applications), you'll need to make adjustments within those applications, as well.

 This tip (165) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2016-01-04 10:47:26

Richard

This is a fine tweak but it is limited to the listed fonts.

I would like to change the font size on all the fonts included in windows 10

Thanks,
Richard


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