How to make the text larger in Firefox 3 for Linux

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text, or make the entire web page larger, in the Firefox 3 web browser running on Linux systems. You can change the settings temporarily, or for every time you surf the internet.

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Making the text larger in Firefox 3 for Linux

Change the text size temporarily

To increase or decrease the magnification of a web page in Firefox, press Ctrl and '+' (plus) to zoom in, or Ctrl and '-' (minus) to zoom out. To return the page to its original size, press Ctrl + 0.

You can also do this via the menu bar, as shown in Fig 1. Click on 'View' and then 'Zoom' in the drop-down menu. Or press Alt + V and then press Z. If you want to only change the text size rather than everything on the web page, make sure 'Zoom Text Only' is ticked. You can tick or untick it by clicking on it or by pressing T.

Click 'Zoom In' or press I to increase the text size. Click 'Zoom Out' or press O to decrease it. (You can also use the arrow keys to navigate the drop-down menu and then press Enter when 'Zoom In' or 'Zoom Out' is highlighted.)

Fig 1'View' drop-down menu showing 'Zoom' options

Set the text size for all web pages you visit

Step 1: Open the 'Fonts' window

Click on 'Edit' in the menu bar and select 'Preferences' from the drop-down menu, or press Alt + E and then press N.

Click on the 'Content' tab (as shown in Fig 1), or use the left and right arrow keys to cycle through the tabs until it is selected.

Fig 1'Firefox Preferences' window

Under the 'Fonts & Colors' header, click the 'Advanced' button or press Alt + A.

Step 2: Set a minimum text size for all web pages you visit

In the 'Fonts' window, click on the drop-down button beside 'Minimum font size' or press Alt + O, as shown in Fig 2. Scroll up and down using the mouse or the arrow keys to select the minimum font size you want.

Fig 2'Fonts' window

For information on the other font options you can customise here, see the How to change fonts in Firefox 3 guide.

To tell Firefox to use your choice of font size, untick the box beside 'Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above' by clicking on it, or press Alt + A to untick it.

Click on the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and press Enter, to return to the 'Firefox Preferences' window (Fig 1).

Click on the 'Close' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and press Enter, to finish and return to Firefox.

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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For example, Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader

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