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Keyboard Shortcut to Increase Font Size

Geek Tip: Prevent Web Blindness by Increasing Font Size

Inevitably, there will come a day when even while your glasses are on, or your contacts are in, you'll be squinting to see the small print on your monitor. Is it old age? Too far from your monitor? Who knows, but there is a keyboard shortcut solution to keep you from looking like you just took a whiff of something totally rotten.

You can increase the font size on your web pages just by hitting ctrl + on PC's, and command + on Mac's. Very simple, very discreet, and no more straining to get closer to your screen. Plus, it's just as easy to get text back to normal by hitting either ctrl - or command - . Oh, and after you're done surfing in comfort, make an appointment to get your eyes checked. . . . squinting doesn't look cute on anyone!


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KahliaBear KahliaBear 9 years
Thanks, lizzys, I didn't know it was called presbyopia. I had heard of glasses with blended lenses, but really I was just complaining about needing to get new glasses at all! (And not just for the glasses, I don't want to damage my eyes either, of course.)
lizzys126 lizzys126 9 years
"Is it old age? Too far from your monitor? Who knows.." It's called presbyopia. The lens in your eye is no longer elastic-y enough to accommodate for reading. Plus, KahliaBear, you can always get blended lenses, and no one will know the difference.
KahliaBear KahliaBear 9 years
As a translator (someone who spends some 10+ hours in front of a computer screen a day), I use this feature constantly... coworkers come by my desk and comment about how big the font is, but I'd rather have them think I'm weird than have to get bifocals by age 30!
Leony Leony 9 years
Good tip! I do that all the time.
Everythingandme Everythingandme 9 years
hein?! I knew that already.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
thanks, i forgot about that. here i was squinting because i put an external keyboard onto my lappy...which i moved to the back of my desk.
springfieldrocks springfieldrocks 9 years
not sure if it works for IE, but in Firefox, you can hold ctrl down while you scroll with your mouse to increase/decrease the size as well :)
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
I do this all the time. Especially when on my laptop, where small font sizes are rendered even smaller.
cutesy11 cutesy11 9 years
woah, who knew?
raieven raieven 9 years
whoa just did it and everything looks crazy! like that weird mario blockworld level.
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