How to make the text larger in Google Chrome for Windows

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

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Change the text size temporarily

You can change the size of web pages at any time by using the following keyboard shortcuts: press Ctrl and '+' (plus) to zoom in, and press Ctrl and '-' (minus) to zoom out. Press Ctrl + 0 to return to the default size.

You can also do this via the menu bar. Click on the Page Menu icon at the top right, as shown in Fig 1, or press Shift + Alt + T to access the toolbar, then press the right arrow key until 'Control the current page' is highlighted, and then press Enter.

Fig 1Toolbar in Google Chrome

Click on 'Zoom' in the drop-down menu or press Z. Click on the size you want, or use the up and down arrow keys to select a size and press Enter.

Set the text size for all web pages you visit

Step 1: Open the 'Fonts and Languages' window

Click on the Spanner menu icon at the top right, as shown in Fig 1, or press Shift + Alt + T to access the toolbar, then press the right arrow key until 'Customise and control Google Chrome' is highlighted, and then press Enter.

Fig 1Google Chrome menu bar showing drop-down Spanner menu

Click on 'Options' in the drop-down menu or press O.

In the 'Google Chrome Options' window (Fig 2), click the 'Under the Bonnet' tab (it's called 'Under the Hood' in US English versions). Alternatively, press Tab if necessary until one of the tabs is highlighted, then use the left and right arrow keys to cycle through the tabs until 'Under the Bonnet' is selected.

Fig 2'Google Chrome Options' window, showing 'Under the Hood' tab

Click on the 'Change font and language settings' button (you may need to scroll down to see it). This window does not have a keyboard-friendly alternative: you will need to press Tab and check whether you can then use the down arrow key to scroll down. If not, repeat until you are able to use the down arrow key. Scroll down until you can see the 'Change font and language settings' button, then press Tab repeatedly until the button is highlighted and then press Enter.

Step 2: Choose the font size for all web pages you visit

In the 'Fonts and Languages' window, select the 'Fonts and Encoding' tab, as shown in Fig 3. Click the 'Change' button beside the font style you wish to change (Serif Font, Sans-Serif Font or Fixed-width Font), or press Tab until the button is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 3Google Chrome 'Fonts and Languages' window

In the 'Font' window (shown in Fig 4), click on the font size you want, or press Alt + S and use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the font sizes until the size you want is highlighted.

Fig 4Google Chrome 'Font' window

When you are happy with your font size, click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

This returns you to the 'Fonts and Languages' window (Fig 3), where you can repeat the steps for the other font types, if desired. Otherwise, click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to the 'Google Chrome Options' window.

Click the 'Close' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to finish and return to Google Chrome.

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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More ways to: Make your text larger

Make text larger on your computer

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For example, Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader

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