How can I change the font size in my browser?

Below is additional information and help with changing the font type and size in each of the major browsers; click on the link below for the browser you're using. Keep in mind that some web pages are designed to work with specific fonts or font types, and that changing the default browser font may cause the web page not to function or display properly.

Tip: If you have a mouse with a wheel and are using any of the below browsers, you can increase and decrease the size of the fonts in your browser by holding down the Ctrl key and move the mouse wheel up or down. Alternatively, you can press down and hold the Ctrl key and press either the + (plus) or - (minus) keys on the top of the keyboard to increase and decrease the font.

Bonus Tip: All browsers also support pressing the Ctrl key and 0 (zero) at the same time to reset the font back to the default font.

Internet Explorer users
Mozilla Firefox users
Chrome users
Netscape users
Opera users
Safari users
Mobile Safari (iPad & iPhone) users

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Microsoft Internet Explorer, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Click Internet Options.
  4. Within the Internet Options window, click the Fonts button at the bottom of the General tab.
  5. Within the fonts window, you can adjust the default font used in Internet Explorer. If you need additional font options, you can adjust how fonts are used by clicking the Accessibility button in the General tab.

Note: Internet Explorer also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Mozilla Firefox, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Within the Options window, click the Content button.
  5. Within the content section, you can specify the default font type, as well as the font size. In addition to being able to change these two settings, you can also click the Advanced button and get many more settings, such as the resolution and the minimum font size to use.

Note: Mozilla Firefox also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

ChromeChrome users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Google Chrome, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon
  3. Increase or decrease the Zoom. The browser's default Zoom is 100%

Note: Google Chrome also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

NetscapeNetscape users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Netscape, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Netscape.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Within the Options window, click the Fonts & Colors button.
  5. Once within the Fonts & Colors window, you can adjust the different fonts, including the color, resolution, and minimum font size.

Note: Netscape also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

OperaOpera users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Opera, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Within the Preferences window, click the Web pages tab.
  5. Once in the Web pages tab, you can adjust the fonts used. If you need more settings to adjust your fonts or font size, click the Advanced tab and click the Fonts option for several dozen additional changes that can be made to the fonts.

Note: Opera also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

SafariSafari users

To increase, decrease, or change the default font in Safari, follow the steps below.

  1. In the Safari menu bar, click on View.
  2. Click on "Make Text Bigger" to increase the font size or "Make Text Smaller" to decrease the font size.

Tip: You can press and hold the Apple key and the + (plus) or - (minus) key to increase or decrease the font size.

SafariMobile Safari (iPad & iPhone) users

The Mobile Safari browser does not have a feature for changing the font size.

The best option is to use two fingers and either move them apart to zoom in or pinch together to zoom out. This will effectively increase or decrease the font size.

Additional information

  • See the font definition for further information and related links.