How to make the text larger in Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to increase the size of text and other elements in Windows 7 by either changing the DPI (dots per inch) scale, or by decreasing your screen resolution.

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Note: The 'Ease of Access Center' has replaced 'Accessibility Options' (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the 'Control Panel' of Windows 7. For more information, read the Introduction to the Ease of Access Center.

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Making the text larger in Windows 7

Change the text size to larger scale

Note: You may be required to restart your computer after making some of the changes here. Be sure to save and close any open documents.

Step 1: Open the 'Ease of Access Center' window

Press the Windows key + U or click the 'Start' button, followed by 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'.

Under the 'Explore all settings' header, click on 'Make the computer easier to see' (Fig 1) or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1Detail from 'Ease of Access Center' window

Step 2: Change the scale

Under the 'Make things on the screen larger' header, click on 'Change the size of text and icons', as shown in Fig 2, or press Alt + Z.

Fig 2Detail from 'Make the computer easier to see' window

In the following window (Fig 3), you have three options (or two, depending on your setup). To select the size you want, click the radio buttons or press Alt + S for the default scale (100%), press Alt + M for the medium scale (125%) or press Alt + L for the larger scale (150%).

Fig 3'Make it easier to read what's on your screen' window

Click the 'Apply' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to save your changes. You may then be required to restart your computer.

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.

Change the screen resolution

Step 1: Open the 'Screen Resolution' window

You can open the 'Screen Resolution' window by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop. From the menu that appears, select 'Screen Resolution' to open the window shown in Fig 2. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Press the Windows key + U or click the 'Start' button, followed by 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'.

Under the 'Explore all settings' header, click on 'Make the computer easier to see' (Fig 1) or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1Detail from 'Ease of Access Center' window

Under the 'Make things on the screen larger' header, click on 'Change the size of text and icons' or press Alt + Z.

Click on 'Change Display Settings' in the panel on the left to open the window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2Detail from 'Screen Resolution' window

Step 2: Change the display settings

To change your screen resolution, click the button beside 'Resolution' to reveal the slider, as shown in Fig 3. Drag the slider to your desired setting. Alternatively, press Alt + R and then use the arrow keys to move the slider.

Fig 3'Screen Resolution' window showing slider

Click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to save your changes.

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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