How can I change the font size in my browser?

Note: This document includes information on how to change the default font size and font type in your Internet browser. It does not include details on how to change the font size and type when printing a document or page in your Internet browser. It also does not discuss how to change the size of the browser window.

Internet browsersTo change the font type and size in your Internet browser, click on the appropriate link below for the browser you're using. Each of the major browsers are covered on this page. Keep in mind that some web pages are designed to work with specific fonts or font types and 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 browsers listed below, you can change the size of the font by holding down the Ctrl key and moving the mouse wheel up or down. Alternatively, you can press and hold the Ctrl key and press either the + (plus) or - (minus) keys on the top of the keyboard, in the same row as the number keys, 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
Chrome users
Mozilla Firefox users
Netscape users
Opera users
Safari users
Mobile Safari (iPad & iPhone) users

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer users

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

  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. In the menu bar, click Tools. If the menu bar is not visible, press the Alt key to make it visible.
  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: To change the font size in Internet Explorer, use the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document.

ChromeChrome users

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

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Increase or decrease the font size by clicking the + (plus) or - (minus) in the Zoom section of the menu. The browser's default Zoom is 100%.

Zoom option in Google Chrome menu

You can also change the default font size, as well as the default font, in Google Chrome by following the steps below.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Settings in the menu.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and click the Show advanced settings link.
  5. Scroll down to the Web content section. Here, you can change the font size, choosing between Very Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Very Large in the drop-down list. You can also change the default font by clicking the Customize fonts button and select the preferred font.

Font settings in Google Chrome Settings screen

Note: Google Chrome also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document to change the font size.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox users

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

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the menu bar, click Tools. If the menu bar is not visible, press the Alt key to make it visible.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Within the Options window, click the Content option at the top.
  5. Within the content section, you can specify the default font type, as well as the font size. You can also click the Advanced button and get many more settings, such as the resolution and the minimum font size to use. You can also change the color of text and the background in Firefox by clicking the Color button.

Note: Mozilla Firefox also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document to change the font size.

NetscapeNetscape users

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

  1. Open Netscape.
  2. In the menu bar, click Tools. If the menu bar is not visible, press the Alt key to make it visible.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Within the Options window, click the Fonts & Colors button.
  5. In the Fonts & Colors window, you can adjust the different fonts settings, including the color, resolution, and minimum font size.

Note: Netscape also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document to change the font size.

OperaOpera users

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

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click on the Opera button Opera Menu button icon in the upper left corner of the browser window.
  3. Increase or decrease the font size by clicking the + (plus) or - (minus) in the Zoom section of the menu. The browser's default Zoom is 100%

Opera menu Zoom option

You can also change the default font size, as well as the default font, in Google Chrome by following the steps below.

  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click on the Opera button Opera Menu button icon in the upper left corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Settings in the menu.
  4. On the Settings window, select the Websites option.
  5. In the Display section, you can change the font size, choosing between Very Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Very Large in the drop-down list. You can also change the default font by clicking the Customize fonts button and select the preferred font.

Font settings in Opera Settings window

Note: Opera also supports the tip mentioned at the beginning of this document to change the font size.

SafariSafari users

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

  1. Open Safari.
  2. In the Safari menu bar, click on View.
  3. 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 to increase or decrease the font size.

Additional information

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