How to Change Text Size

The change of text sizes and settings should be done through standard browser settings.

To Change Text Size

Most Web browsers include functionality to let you increase or decrease the text in a Web page. For example, to increase text size:

Browser Menu Items
Internet Explorer View > Text Size > Largest
Mozilla Firefox,
View > Text Size > Increase
Opera View > Zoom > %
Safari View > Make Text Bigger
Chrome Spanner Menu tools menu > Zoom (+ or -)

However, some browsers do not provide as much control. Text resizing does not work well in browsers that do not meet accessibility guidelines.

  • In Internet Explorer Version 6 and earlier, the text may not resize because certain websites are designed with “hard-coded” or “absolute” text sizes. To override Web site setting:
    1. Menu items: Tools > Internet Options
    2. In Internet Options dialog box: Accessibility button (bottom right)
    3. In Accessibility dialog box:
       Ignore colours specified on Web pages
       Ignore font styles specified on Web pages
       Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages
  • In early versions of Firefox, the text should resize even if certain website’s text are not “coded” for flexibility. However the sections of the Web site may not resize, making it difficult to use the site with large text. This is because the Web site was designed with “hard-coded” or “absolute” sizes. Firefox does not resize images.
  • Opera resizes all aspects of most website’s, including font, images, and sections. Resizing should work fairly well in Opera, even if the Web site is not “coded” for flexibility.

Turning Off the Style Sheet

To get a plain layout view, which:

  • makes text black on a white background (or however your browser is set)
  • linearises the page
  • removes background images
Browser Menu Items
Mozilla Firefox View > Page Style > No Style
Opera View > Style > User Mode

Text and Colour Changes

Many browsers provide functionality to change font and colour. Below are examples of how to access this functionality.

Browser To access functionality:
Mozilla Firefox Windows Menu items: Tools > Options
Macintosh Menu items: Firefox > PreferencesIn the Content options: Fonts & Colors
Opera Windows Menu items: Tools > Preferences
Macintosh Menu items: Opera > PreferencesIn the dialog box: Fonts and Page Style