IT for Donuts: the quickest way to make text bigger in your browser


Date: 11 April 2014

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IT for Donuts is our regular Friday feature where we explain a tech term or answer a question about business IT.

This week, we reveal the fastest way to make text bigger (or smaller) in your web browser.

Why change the text size?

There are lots of reasons for changing the text size in your browser. Maybe you're finding a website hard to read, or you want to fit more onto the screen at once.

Either way, it's super-easy to zoom in and out. If you're using a Windows PC, try these shortcuts:

  • Hold down the CTRL key, then move your mouse wheel up (to make text bigger) or down (to make it smaller)
  • Hold down the CTRL key, then tap + (to make text bigger) or - (to make it smaller)
  • If you want to reset everything back to normal, hold CTRL and tap (zero). This shortcut is handy if you've changed the zoom setting by accident.

On a Mac, use the same shortcuts but hold CMD instead of CTRL. 

It really is that easy — so you never need to squint at a website again!

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