How to change your fonts

Some people find certain text styles or fonts difficult to read on their computer and on websites. For example, a serif style such as Times New Roman, or a 'cluttered' script such as Helvetica narrow. Most people find a sans-serif style such as Arial or Verdana more comfortable. Others find a monospaced font such as Courier easier to read - these may include people with dyslexia.

These guides explain how to change the font in your operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux). You can also change the default font in specific programmes such as web browsers, which will make it easier to surf the internet.

There are two ways to do this…

Change the fonts on your computer

Change the font settings in your operating system to make the text easier to read every time you use your computer.

Change the fonts in your browser

Change the default font in web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox so that they appear every time you surf the internet.

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