Magnify Your Screen to Read Fine Print

Windows Key + (Plus or Minus)

I learned this one trick just recently.  Use the magnifier to see the screen bigger.

Not to long ago one of my customers bought a new “big” screen TV to use as a monitor. His reason was to be able to read better.  Unfortunately, as the monitors got bigger, the pixels (light dots that make up the text and graphics) became smaller.  The tighter dots on the screen made text appear smaller. Continue reading “Magnify Your Screen to Read Fine Print”

Read A Little Easier

I use MS Explorer and Outlook to access the Internet. I view web pages with long documents that are difficult to read, as the script is too small. How can I increase the font/script size?

You are going to love this answer and great tip. In Internet Explore, Outlook, Outlook Express, Word, and YES – Firefox. Have the ability to increase or decrease the size of the font by holding the control key (CTRL) and moving your mouse wheel forward or backward.

I am sure it works in many other applications too. I challenge you to test it with all your apps and let me know for inclusion in the online version of this article.

Now, another plug for Firefox: The font size can be increased or decreased in the same way in Firefox. But, unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox keeps all the fonts in proportion with the surrounding fonts sizes. Internet Explorer does not treat all the fonts equally.

If the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) rules have specific font sizes Internet Explorer cannot change the font to the user’s liking. Firefox understands that the human reading the web page is more important and therefore allows the style to be changed to ones liking.

Also, if you do not have a scroll wheel on your mouse, you can change your font sizes in Firefox by holding the Ctrl key and pressing the plus (+) sign to increase the size, Ctrl and the minus (-) sign to decrease it, and last Ctrl and the zero (0) to make it normal.

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Reader Comments

  • The tip regarding font sizes was just great—I sent it on to others in my family. It works in Excel also, but only in 15% jumps, and has helped me a lot. I haven’t tried it on any other applications yet, but will do so in Word. Firefox seems faster that Explorer, but for some reason when I look at archive pictures in Webshots, the titles don’t show whereas they do with Explorer???
  • THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for the tips in your articles. I have only been on the internet less than a year and I am still learning. Your articles are helping me immensely. This one helped me a lot.  Pat Barrett
  • Just tried this tip, great one can’t wait to tell everyone at work. Judith

Screen Resolution Changes

When I started my computer a few days ago, the desktop icons and text were smaller, as well as title bars, etc. in all applications. I have tried everything that is under “Control Panel,” “Display,” but nothing seems to work.

This does sound like it is an issue with the Display properties in Control Panel.  Try this:

Right Click on a free area of your desktop and click on “properties”  This will bring you to the “Display Properties” window.

Then click on the “Settings” tab to make changes to the resolution.  There is a little selector pointing to the current resolution.  If you move it to the left it will show smaller resolution for the monitor (making everything appear big) and vise versa to the right.

Click “Apply” to see your changes.  If you do not like what you see, try a different one.

If you accidentally chose one that your monitor cannot display, DO NOT PANIC.  There is a timer that will bring it back to normal in 15 seconds. Just leave it alone until it comes back. THAT IS WHY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE THE “Apply” BUTTON INSTEAD OF THE “OK” BUTTON. (The OK button will make the change permanently)

If this does not work, let me know and I will guide you in changing the DPI of the fonts which is in the “Advanced” button in that screen. -Juan-