How to Reduce the Font Size on a Computer

If you often have to look closely and squint to read something on the computer, it makes sense to try resizing the letters. They can be both reduced and increased.

There are two options. The first one changes the font size partially in certain programs. For example, in a program for the Internet (browser) or in a program for printing text (Microsoft Word).

The second option is more significant. it will resize everywhere. On the computer screen, in all programs, in the Start button, in folders and in many other places.

How to change the size of letters in certain programs (partially)

In many computer programs in which you can open and read some text, you can increase or decrease its size. In fact, this is a change in scale, and not editing the file itself. Roughly speaking, you can simply zoom in or out on the text, without changing it.

How to do it. The most common way is to find this function in a single program. But this is not very convenient and not always easy. Therefore, there is an alternative “fast” option that works in most computer programs.

We press one of the CTRL keys on the keyboard and, without releasing it, scroll the wheel on the mouse. Each such scroll increases or decreases the text by 10-15%. If you “twist” the wheel toward you, then the font size will decrease, and if from yourself, it will increase.

How to Reduce the Font Size on a Computer

Once the size suits you, release the CTRL button. Thereby, you fix the result and return the previous functions to the wheel on the mouse.

By the way, instead of the wheel, you can use the button to increase and. for decreasing. That is, hold down CTRL, then press, and then release the or key. on keyboard. One such press changes the size by 10-15%.

A few examples. Suppose I often use the Internet to search for information. I read news and articles. On different resources, the text size is different. it depends only on the site itself.

For the most part, the size of the letters suits me, and I do not experience any inconvenience when reading. But sometimes I come across sites on which the font is very small for me. I have to bend close to the screen, squint. It is inconvenient and unprofitable.

In such cases, you can quickly increase the font. I hold down the Ctrl button on the keyboard and scroll the mouse wheel several times, thereby changing the size of the text.

This works in 90% of cases: on sites, in the mail, on social networks. You can check it yourself by increasing the font size in the article you are currently reading.

By the way, to return to the original size, you need to hold down the Ctrl button on the keyboard and then once press the key with the number 0. True, this “return” does not work in all programs, but only in browsers.

Another example. Suppose I print a document in Microsoft Word. The text in it should be a certain size, but for me it is too small. I just can’t increase the font in the program itself. this will violate the design rules, and working with such small text is a pain.

Holding the Ctrl button and spinning the wheel on the mouse, I can zoom in on the document. Thus, I just bring it closer to me, but DO NOT change. The text will remain the same size, but I will see it enlarged.

The same goes for the photographs and pictures that we open on the computer. In exactly the same way, they can be “approximated” or “moved away”.

Important! Some programs remember the size that was configured. That is, opening something else in such a program, it will immediately be shown in a resized size.

Therefore, do not be alarmed if a document, book or page on the Internet opens in a non-standard size. too big or too small. Just change it in the same way (CTRL and mouse wheel).

How to change the font size on a computer (everywhere)

You can increase or decrease the font not only in individual programs, but also immediately throughout the computer. In this case, all labels, icons, menus and much more will change.

I will show you an example. Here is a standard computer screen:

And this is the same screen, but with an increased font size:

In order to get this view, you just need to change one setting in the system. If you suddenly don’t like the result, you can always return everything as it was in the same way.

In different versions of Windows, this procedure is performed in different ways. Therefore, I will give three instructions for popular systems: Windows 7, Windows 8 and XP.

  1. Click on the “Start” button and open the “Control Panel”.
  2. Click on the label “Appearance and Personalization”.
  3. Click on the screen.
  4. Specify the desired font size (small, medium or large) and click on the “Apply” button.
  5. In the window that appears, click “Logout Now.” Remember to save all open files and close all open programs before doing this.

The system will restart, and after that the font will change everywhere in the computer.

  1. Open “Start” and select “Control Panel.”
  2. Find the Screen icon (usually at the bottom) and open it.
  3. Specify the desired size (small, medium or large) and click on the “Apply” button in the lower right.
  4. In the small window, click “Exit now.” Remember to save all open files and close all programs before doing this.

The system will restart, and the font will change everywhere in the computer.