How Do You Enlarge Web Site Fonts for Printing?

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Yes, I’m addicted to fonts. I’ve admitted it for years. I like looking at cool fonts, and enjoy finding new ones. Someone from the PCPitStop community recently asked how he can enlarge fonts on a web page, to make it easier for him to read. You don’t need a new printer, don’t worry! The answer lies within your browser itself!

My recommendation for a browser is Firefox, Safari or even Chrome. No matter what browser you’re using, you should be able to change the font sizes on the page before you read it or even print it. You can check the associated help file in order to learn how to change these settings.

  • In Firefox, you can change your font sizes by simply holding down your CTRL button, and clicking the + button/sign as many times as needed to increase your font size on the page.
  • In Internet Explorer, click on View, and then hover your mouse over Text Size. Choose large or larger in order to increase the font to something you can easily read.
  • If you use Opera, you can click on View and then hover the mouse over Zoom at the bottom of the View menu. From there, you can increase the percentage to make the text manageable for your needs.
  • With Safari, you will again go to the View menu. Once there, click on “Make Text Larger”, and adjust the percentages accordingly.

Hopefully this answers the question properly. Thankfully, all browsers have ways that you can easily change your settings on everything from font size to the colors that display… in order to maximize the browsing experience for everyone. Don’t let bad eyesight keep you from enjoying everything the web has to offer!

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11 thoughts on “How Do You Enlarge Web Site Fonts for Printing?”

  1. how about this, if we hold the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel up and down and this will work in each browser?

    i hope, i am making scene 🙂

  2. Enlarging fonts:
    How do you permanently change the size of the fonts in Chrome? You can’t! I notice that you didn’t cover that!!!

  3. Actually that CTRL-PLUS trick (COMMAND-PLUS on a Mac) seems to work in most browsers. Certainly does in Safari.

  4. In IE, one can hold the ctrl button down and scroll the mouse wheel up or down for larger or smaller type. OR, hold ctrl and hit + or – to increase or decrease type size.


  5. er…ctrl + or – for VIEWING larger (as an elder geek, I MUST use larger if I want to SEE it!)


  6. Did you try…

    “In Internet Explorer, click on View, and then hover your mouse over Text Size. Choose large or larger in order to increase the font to something you can easily read.”

    Does not help??? Why…
    Well, when the size is embeded in CSS, it can’t help. 🙁

  7. Thanks for the note on increasing/decreasing font size in Firefox by using CTRL and + or -. Very helpful..

  8. Changing font size in Opera is even easier than you have indicated. Custom toolbar buttons can be downloaded, and among the ones I use are three that I have labeled “-10%”, “+10%” and “100%”. I use them constantly throughout the day.

    A related button that is very handy before printing a webpage is the downloadable “kill” button, which (when toggled on) allows various elements of the page to be selected one by one and eliminated.

    If you do a Google search you can find custom Opera buttons.

    Opera is head and shoulders above Firefox & IE in this regard, and consequently is my browser of choice.

  9. In Firefox you can also vary the font size by holding down the CTRL key and moving the mouse wheel forward (bigger) and backwards (smaller). I prefer that to the method you described Chris (in fact I didn’t even know of that).
    And it works in Internet Explorer too. I just tried it out with IE8; I think I have also seen it with earlier versions but I’m not sure.

  10. What Do I Think?
    I think it’s been a long time since You last used IE as a browser.
    Why do I say this? Well because it’s been common knowledge that the “Ctrl+Scrl Btn” has been working in IE since way back in IE6. However I’ve been using Chrome for aprox 8 months now & it works in Chrome as well.

    I do have a question for You Chris Pirillo.
    I’ve heard many people say that Firefox was tested /compared to IE back in the IE6 days & that FF was no safer to use than IE.
    Is this true ? & if it’s not true, Can You please provide some sort of valid research results? I meen something other than a resounding & somewhat biased sounding WOW. Oh Yeah 1 more thing, is it true FF is a CPU Hogg?
    Thank You for Your time.

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