Making text larger in Mac OS 8 and 9

This section explains the ways you can increase the text size in the Mac OS 8 and 9


Changing your screen resolution

  1. Click the ' Apple ' menu icon (no keyboard shortcut available) .
  2. In the ' Control Panels ' sub menu click on ' Monitors' or ' Monitors & Sound ' ,see Fig 1 (no keyboard shortcut available)

Monitor and Sound dialog box
Fig 1

  1. Underneath the ' Resolution ' heading click a lower setting than the currently selected one for example , ' 640 x 480 ' or ' 800 x 600 ' . When you are happy with the selected resolution click the close button or close the window with ' Apple ' + ' W ' .

Changing the font type and size for menus, headings, labels, files and folders

  1. Click on the ' Apple ' menu (no keyboard shortcut available).
  2. Go to the ' Control Panels ' sub-menu and select ' Appearance ' to open the Appearance control panel (see Fig 2) .

Appearance control panel
Fig 2

  1. Click on the ' Fonts' Tab ' at the top of the window (see Fig 2) .

Fonts panel
Fig 3

  1. Click the drop down next to ' Large System Font: ' .
  2. Choose a different font to change the Menu and Window title fonts
  3. Click the drop down next to ' Small System Font: ' and choose a different font to change the label and tool tip fonts.
  4. Click the drop down next to ' Views Font: ' and choose a different font to change the lists and icons fonts (Finder views).
  5. Click the drop down next to ' Size: ' or type in a different value to change the font size for lists and icons .
  6. Click the ' Appearance ' windows close button or press ' Apple ' + ' W ' .

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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