When browsing the web, do you ever find yourself squinting to read certain websites? It can be pretty frustrating sometimes when the sites we love to visit use tiny typefaces.
However, there’s actually a quick and easy fix for this and it’s as simple as pressing two keys simultaneously.
Quickly Make Things Bigger
The easiest way to make something more readable is often to simply increase the size of the text. To do this, you’ll want to use the enlarge/shrink function, which can be applied to just about any webpage.
You can make everything bigger – even images – by holding down the CTRL key and then tapping the + key. (You can use the numpad or the =/+ key at the end of the row of number keys.) This will zoom in incrementally as you tap it. Starting from 100%, the resolution will increase to 110%, then 125%, then 150%, and so on.
To zoom back out, just hold down CTRL again and tap the – key (or the -/_ key).
This trick works in Windows, Linux, and the Chrome OS. If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to use ⌘ instead of CTRL, but the same principles apply.
Make Things Permanently Larger
If you’d prefer the zoomed in effect to be more permanent, there is a fairly simple way to do so. You’ll just need to go into your browser’s settings to make this change.
Here’s how to do it in Chrome:
First, click on the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window. This opens the Chrome menu.
Next, click on Settings. On this page, you’ll want to scroll down to a section labeled “Appearance.”
Here, you’ll find a “Page zoom” option that you can set to your preferred percentage.
There are similar options for Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge as well.
Make Only the Text Bigger
Again, how to do this will depend on your browser of choice. Instead of making everything larger, you can opt to change your minimum font size.
In Chrome, the default size is also found in your appearance settings and is set to medium by default. You can change this to large or very large.
Alternatively, you can use the “Customize fonts” option to tailor things even further. However, this can sometimes mess with various website layouts.
Like with page zoom, there are ways to do this in other browsers as well.
Does tiny type bother you? Do you have any other suggestions short of using a magnifying glass? Tell us your own tips and tricks in the comments below.