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Change Font and Text Size

Introduction

It is possible to change both the font and text size of all our pages. Below are details of how to do this in Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is possible to change text size, but not font in Safari. Where possible we have given the keyboard shortcuts, shown in brackets.

Zoom

The quick way to change font size in Internet Explorer (7 and above), Firefox and Safari is to use the zoom function:

  • To zoom in Ctrl (cmd on a Mac) and +
  • To zoom out Ctrl (cmd on a Mac) and –
  • To reset to the default Ctrl (cmd on a Mac) and 0

Please note all three browsers increase and decrease text and image size, but keep the page width fixed, so the text flows onto a new line when needed. This saves the need to scroll sideways when zooming in.

Internet Explorer

Font

  • From the tool bar, select Tools (Alt + T).
  • Select Internet Options (Shift + O). This will open a new window:

Screen shot of the IE options window.

  • Select Fonts (Alt + N). This will open a new window.

Screen shot of the IE accessibility window.

  • Select the webpage font you want (Alt + W then use the up and down arrow keys).
  • Select OK. This will shut the window.
  • Select Accessibility (Alt + E). This will open a new window.

Screen shot of the IE accessibility window.

  • Check ‘Ignore font styles specified on web pages’ (Alt + S). This will put a tick in the box.
  • Select OK. This will shut the window.
  • Select OK. This will close the last of the new windows and the page should be in the font you have just set.

Text size

Please note the following will increase the text size only, if you wish to increase the image size as well, please use the instructions in the zoom section, above.

  • From the tool bar, select either Page or View (Alt + P or Alt + V). This will make a drop down box appear.
  • Select Text size (Shift + X). This will make a box appear at the side.
  • Select the text size you want (Shift + G for largest; L for larger; M for medium; S for smaller; A for smallest). This will close the lists and the text should be in the size you have just set.

Firefox

Font

  • From the toolbar, select Tools (Alt + T).
  • Select Internet Options (Shift + O). This will open a new page.
  • Select Content on the side bar of this new window (use the up and down arrow keys).

Screen shot of the Firefox options window.

  • Select Default font, click on the down arrow next to the font box. This will make a list of fonts appear, then click on the font you want. This will make the list disappear.
  • Select Advanced (Alt + A). This will open a new window.

Screen shot of the Firefox advanced font window.

  • Uncheck ‘Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above’ (Alt + A). This will remove the tick from the box.
  • Select OK. This will shut the window.

Text size

Please note the following will increase the text size only, if you wish to increase the image size as well, please use the instructions in the zoom section, above.

  • From the toolbar, select Tools (Alt + T).
  • Select Internet Options (Shift + O). This will open a new page.
  • Select Content on the side bar of this new window (use the up and down arrow keys).

Screen shot of the Firefox options window.

  • Select Size, click on the down arrow next to the font size box. This will make a list of sizes appear, then click on the size you want. This will make the list disappear.
  • Select OK. This will close the window and the text should be in the size you have just set.

Safari

Text size

Please note the following will increase the text size only, if you wish to increase the image size as well, please use the instructions in the zoom section, above.

  • From the tool bar, select Edit (Alt + E).
  • Select Preferences (Shift + N). This will open a new window.
  • Select Appearance on the top bar of this new window.
  • Select Standard font. This will open a new window.
  • Select the font size you want.
  • Close both boxes and the text should be in the size you have just set.

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