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PDF Print Too Tiny To Read

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management

A reader is having a problem with the font size on a recently downloaded PDF. He writes: “The e-guide I bought is much too tiny to read. I’d have to hold a magnifying glass up to the screen to see it. How is anyone supposed to read text this tiny? It can’t be more than a 4-point type. Is there any way to make it larger?”

Since I knew that type size on this particular guide was a 14 point, I asked the reader to send a screen shot. And here’s what I saw.

I immediately knew what the problem was. Instead of opening the PDF, he was viewing in preview. That’s just designed for giving you an idea of what’s contained in the document, not for actually opening the document for use.  When you arrow through the pages,  you see thumbnails.


Instead, try right clicking on the PDF you want to open.

Then choose the program you wish to use.

You should have a nice full-sized view of the document.

Almost all PDF readers offer you the ability to enlarge the size of the text if you need to.


~ Cynthia

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One Response to “PDF Print Too Tiny To Read”

  1. Evan Ewing says:

    Sorry, but that does not come up as you describe. I have 3 PDF readers and they all show thumbnail views, which I CAN enlarge. The problem appears to stem from your choosing to have the cover page FULL SIZE — that offsets the rest of the pages to a default miniature view. If the cover page is sized to match the rest, they should all come up in a reasonable and readable format.

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