Making text larger in Windows 95,98,2000,Me

This page explains the three ways you can make text easier to see in earlier versions of Windows

Instructions

Changing your screen resolution

  1. Click the ' Start ' button, or press the ' Windows ' logo key on your (located between the ' Ctrl ' + ' Alt ' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press ' Ctrl ' + ' Esc ' .
  2. Click on ' Settings ' or press ' S '.
  3. Click on ' Control Panel ' or press ' C '.
  4. Double click on ' Display ' or press the ' D ' key repeatedly until ' Display ' is highlighted and press ' Enter ' to bring up the ' Display Properties ' . (see Fig 1).

    Display properties
    Fig 1

  5. Click on the ' Settings ' tab or press ' Control ' + ' Tab ' until the settings tab is at the front.
  6. Click and drag the slider underneath the heading Screen area (resolution) to a lower setting than what is already there, for example 640 by 480 or 800 by 600 or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to select the screen area (resolution) slider bar and then press the ' left ' or ' right ' arrow keys to adjust the slider bar.
  7. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to close the dialog box and see the changes you have made.

Using large fonts

Follow the steps 1 to 5 above to go to the ' Settings ' tab of the display properties dialog box:

  1. Click on the ' Advanced ' button, or press ' Alt ' + ' D ' to bring up the advanced properties. (see Fig 2).
  2. Press ' Alt ' + ' F ', oruse the mouse to select the font size option.
  3. Using the mouse click on the down arrow in this box, or press ' Alt' + 'Down arrow ' . This will display the options in the list. You can move through the list using the mouse or arrow keys. When the selection you want is highlighted, click on it or press the enter key. Read on for a description of the options.
  4. Font size is usually set to ' Small Fonts. ' The two options you have are ' Large Fonts ' and ' Other ' . Choosing large fonts will increase the size of the fonts to 125% of their current size. If you want to go any larger than this then you should select the ' Other ' option (see the next section for instructions).
  5. If you have chosen large fonts then you can just click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the display properties. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' again to return to Windows you may be asked to restart your computer at this point, so do so. When you return to Windows, you should find that the font size has increased. If you want to choose a font size higher than 125% then skip to the next section.

advanced properties
Fig 2

Only read this part if you chose ' Other ' as the font size

Choosing ' Other ' as a font size allows you to choose a font size above 125%, although the largest font you can get away with is determined by your screen resolution. for example at a resolution of 800 * 600 the largest font size you can usefully use is 125% - above this and you will find that some dialog boxes do not fit on the screen anymore due to being stretched to accommodate the new font size. It is best to experiment to find the right font size for you.

To choose a larger font size:

  1. Follow the previous section through until you choose 'Large Fonts' from the font size list. Instead choose ' Other '.This will take you to the screen shown in Fig 3.

    Custom Font Size Dialog Box
    Fig 3

  2. Click on the 'drop down' box next to ' Scale fonts to be ' or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' and, using the up and down arrow keys, choose a new value and press ' Enter ' , or type one in (between 75% and 200%), and press ' Enter ' or click ' OK ' to return to the the Advanced display page. Press ' Enter ' or click ' OK' to return to ' Display Properties ' and press ' Enter ' or click ' OK ' once again to return back to Windows.
  3. You will probably be asked to restart your computer before the new font sizes take effect. If so click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to restart your computer.

Schemes

Font sizes and styles can also be changed using schemes. A scheme is a collection of styles that can be applied to Windows . A scheme can contain for example information on font styles and sizes, background and foreground colours for .

To choose a scheme:

  1. Click the ' Start ' button, or press the ' Windows ' logo key on your (located between the ' Ctrl ' + ' Alt ' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press ' Ctrl ' + ' Esc ' .
  2. Click on ' Settings ' or press ' S '.
  3. Click on ' Control Panel ' or press ' C '.
  4. Double click on ' Display ' or press the ' D ' key until the ' Display ' item is highlighted and press ' Enter ' . This will bring up the ' display properties ' (see Fig 1 above).
  5. Click on the ' Appearance ' tab or press ' Ctrl ' + ' Tab ' until it is at the front.
  6. Click in the drop down box below Schemes or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to jump to this box.
  7. Use the up and down arrows or the mouse to browse through the list of schemes. As each scheme is selected, the changes this scheme will make are shown in the window of this dialog box.
  8. Several of the schemes available include large fonts and or high visibility colours. All of these have either the words: Large, Extra Large or High Contrast within their name so you may want to try these out first.
  9. Once you have selected a scheme that you like click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to select it. Press ' Enter ' again to return to Windows.
  10. If you want to try a different scheme, just run through these steps again.

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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