How to change your fonts in Safari for Mac OS X

This page explains step-by-step how to change the fonts in the Safari web browser running on Mac OS X systems for every time you surf the internet. However, note that due to Safari browser limitations, most web pages will not change from their standard fonts.

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 Safari

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

Step 1: Open the 'Appearance' window

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

Fig 1'Safari' drop-down menu

This will open the window shown in Fig 2. If 'Appearance' is not already selected, click on the 'Appearance' icon, or press Ctrl + F5 to highlight the 'General' icon and then press the right arrow key to highlight 'Appearance' and then press the Spacebar.

Fig 2'Appearance' window

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

Click on the 'Select' button to the right of the 'Standard font' box (in the example in Fig 2, it says 'Times 16'), or press Tab until the 'Select' button is highlighted and then press the Spacebar. This will open the 'Fonts' window, as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3'Fonts' window

Scroll through the list of fonts below the 'Family' header with the mouse and click on the font you want. Alternatively, press Ctrl + F6 and then Ctrl + F7 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.

In the same manner, you can also change the font size by clicking on the size you want, or press Tab until any font size in the list is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys.

When you are happy with your choices, click on the red close button or press Esc to close the 'Fonts' window. Click on the red close button or press Esc to close the 'Appearance' window and return to Safari.

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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