Solution 1: Reducing the Screen Resolution
If you want to know how to increase font size on Mac in general – in every window you open – the easiest way is to reduce the screen resolution. This makes everything, including text, appear larger on your screen. Here’s how to do it:
- Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
- Select “System Preferences.”
- Click “Displays” and look under “Resolution.”
- Select “Scaled” and choose a lower resolution from the drop-down menu that appears. For example, if your current resolution is 1680 x 1050, changing it to 1024 x 640 will make everything, including text, appear much larger.
Do you like the result? If not, you can always go back and select a different resolution – or read on for different methods you can try.
Solution 2: Using the “Larger Text” Option
If you’re using a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac with a Retina display, there will be another option available in the display settings. Follow the instructions above and after selecting “Scaled,” you’ll be able to click on “Larger Text” instead of changing the screen resolution. This is handy if you don’t want icons and other interface elements to appear too big.
If you’re using a different type of Mac, you might not see the “Larger Text” option. But don’t worry, there are still other ways to increase font size on your Mac!
Solution 3: Increasing the Text Size for Desktop Icons
If it’s just the desktop you have trouble reading, how to increase font size on a Mac? You can increase the text size for icons without affecting anything else on your screen. Here’s how:
- Navigate to the menu bar at the top of the screen and click “View.”
- Select “Show View Options.” A window should open with different settings for icons.
- Locate “Text Size” and click the number next to it.
- Select a larger number to accommodate your needs.
Remember, this change only applies to desktop icons – not text in other windows or applications. If you’re struggling to read Internet articles, the next section will help!
Solution 4: How to Increase Font Size on Mac in a Web Browser
What to do if you’re having trouble reading articles or other text online? How to increase font size on Mac when using a web browser? It’s actually the easiest thing to do – and you can do it without affecting the text size in other applications. Just click Command and + on your keyboard simultaneously – as many times as it takes to make the text large enough.
You’ll need to repeat this for every page you visit, but it’s a quick and easy fix! If you want to make the text smaller again, just hit Command and – until it’s the size you want.
Solution 5: Changing the Font Sizes Available in the “Fonts” Window
The other solutions are assuming that you want to increase font size to see text better on your screen. But what if you want to change the font size ranges so you can make text bigger than the system normally allows? Here’s how to change the available font sizes in the “Fonts” window on Mac:
- In the app you’re using, choose “Format,” then “Show Fonts.”
- In the “Fonts” window, click the icon that looks like a circle with three dots in it.
- Choose “Edit Sizes” and adjust the values according to your wishes. You can add or remove font sizes and type new values in the Max. and Min. fields.
The font ranges will now be better adjusted to your needs. If you still have trouble reading on your Mac, scroll down to the final solution.
Use the Zoom Feature If You Still Have Trouble Reading
We didn’t name this “Solution 6” because it’s not really about how to increase font size on Mac. It’s just a way to magnify an area of your screen so it’s easier to see. This solution is probably the most flexible, as you can use it in any application and zoom in on any area you want.
To use this feature, you’ll need to enable it within the “Accessibility” menu under the “Vision” section. You can choose whether you want to zoom using keyboard shortcuts or a scroll gesture with modifier keys.
Now you know everything about how to increase font size on Mac. We hope this guide was helpful and that you can now enjoy using your Mac without struggling to see the text!