How to change your fonts in Opera 9 for Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to change the fonts in the Opera 9 web browser running on Mac OS X systems for every time you surf the internet.

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure 'Full keyboard access' is turned on - you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl + F1 at any time.

Change your fonts in Opera 9

Note: If you only want to change the font size temporarily, see the How to make text larger in Opera 9 guide.

Step 1: Open the 'Preferences' window

Click on 'Opera' in the menu bar and then 'Preferences' from the drop-down menu, as shown in Fig 1, or press Apple + ' , ' (comma).

Fig 1'Opera' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. If the 'Web pages' tab is not already selected, click on it or press Alt + Tab until the 'Web pages' tab is selected.

Fig 2'Preferences' window showing the 'Web pages' tab

Step 2: Choose the fonts for all web pages you visit

Click on the button next to 'Normal font' (in the example in Fig 2, it says 'Times'), or press Tab until the button is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the 'Select font' window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3'Select font' window

In the 'Select font' window, scroll through the list below the 'Font' header with the mouse and click on the font you want. Or press Tab until any font name is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the list until the font you want is highlighted.

Click on the font size you want, or press Tab until the list below the 'Size' header is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to scroll through the list until the font size you want is highlighted.

When you are happy with your choices, click the 'OK' button, or press Enter to return to the 'Preferences' window.

Step 3: Tell Opera to use your fonts

Once you have made all of your font changes, you will need to change the settings to tell Opera to use your fonts.

In the 'Preferences' window (Fig 2), click on the 'Advanced' tab or press Alt + Tab until the 'Advanced' tab is selected, as shown in Fig 4.

Fig 4'Preferences' window showing the 'Advanced' tab

In the left-hand pane, click on 'Content' or use the up and down arrow keys to select it.

Click on the 'Style options' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the 'Style options' window shown in Fig 5.

Click on the 'Presentation modes' tab, or press Alt + Tab until the 'Presentation modes' tab is selected. By ticking or unticking the boxes here, you can tell Opera to ignore the fonts and colours specified by the web pages and instead to use your choices.

Fig 5'Style options' window showing the 'Presentation modes' tab

Untick the boxes next to 'Page style sheet' and 'Page fonts and colors' under both the 'Author mode' and 'User mode' headers. You can do this by clicking on the boxes, or by pressing Tab until a box is selected and then pressing the Spacebar to untick it.

Tick the boxes next to 'My fonts and colours' under both the 'Author mode' and 'User mode' headers.

Click the 'OK' button, or press Enter, to return to the 'Preferences' window (Fig 4). Then click the 'OK' button, or press Enter, to return to Opera.

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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