Resize text

June 24, 2008

Did you know you can resize the screen fonts on a web page very quickly if you have a wheel mouse? Actually, you can use this trick to quickly resize the display in many applications.

Here’s how:

  1. Open any web page your browser window.
  2. Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and roll the wheel away from you—the font sizes decrease with each roll. Now roll the wheel towards you—the font sizes increase.
  3. If you don’t see any change, or only a small change, it’s possible the site uses fixed font sizes. In Internet Explorer, you can override these by going to Tools > Internet Options (Internet Explorer) menu, then clicking the Accessibility button at the bottom right of the General tab. On the Accessibility window, select the Ignore font sizes… check box, then click OK. Click OK again to close the Internet Options window.
  4. Now try the CTRL+roll trick again—you should see quite a difference.

[This article was first published in the March 2004 CyberText newsletter.]

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