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Changing the Font Size in Google Chrome

Cleophus from Columbus, Ohio asks:

How can I change the font size when using Google Chrome?

This is a question that comes up a lot. Whether you have a small screen, experience vision problems, or just encounter a page with small text, there will come a time when you won’t be able to read the information presented on a website. Luckily, with today’s highly-customizable Internet browsers, you don’t need to strain your eyes.

The easiest and quickest way to increase the size of a webpage is to use the “zoom” function. The simplest way to access this is by holding down the “Ctrl” key and pressing the “+” key on your keyboard. This will increase the size of everything on the page by ~20%. You can press this keyboard shortcut as many times as you’d like to get the desired amount of “zoom” necessary to properly view the webpage. Conversely, you can decrease the size of everything by holding down the “Ctrl” key and pressing the “-“ key on your keyboard. If you don’t like keyboard shortcuts, you can manually adjust the zoom function by visiting the wrench menu (accessible by clicking the “wrench” icon at the top right corner of your screen).

Although this is the quickest way to increase and decrease the size of everything on the page, many people only wish to increase the size of the font without adjusting other elements of the page like the images. Luckily, Google Chrome comes with a very simple way to do just that.

Start by opening up the wrench menu and selecting options.


Then, select the “Under the Hood” tab and look to the section called “Web Content.” From here, you can adjust the font using preset options (very small, small, medium, large, very large) or you can even select “Customize Font” for even greater control over the font size.

GoogleChrome--Font Size

And there you have it. If you simply encounter the odd webpage that looks too big or too small, you should probably simply use the “zoom” function to make the entire page larger or smaller (Ctrl + and Ctrl – respectively); however, if you find yourself having to do this time and time again and you don’t wish to re-size the media on the page, it’s best to adjust the font size using the instructions above.

Don’t strain your eyes! Always adjust the font settings and let Google Chrome do the work for you.

~Chad Stetson