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How to make the text larger in Firefox for macOS

How to make the text larger in Firefox for macOS

Terminology:

β€˜Alt’ refers to the β€˜Option’ key ( βŒ₯ )

If you have enabled β€˜Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys’ under β€˜Keyboard’ settings in β€˜System Preferences’ then omit the β€˜Fn’ key from the keyboard shortcuts shown in this article.

To change the size of the whole webpage:

Using keyboard shortcuts:

Press β€˜Cmdβ€˜ and β€˜+β€˜ (plus) to increase the text size

Press β€˜Cmdβ€˜ and β€˜-β€˜ (minus) to decrease the text size.

Press β€˜Cmdβ€˜ and β€˜0β€˜ (zero) to reset the text to the browser default size

Using a mouse or trackpad:

  1. Click on the β€˜Menuβ€˜ button Firefox menu button in the right-hand corner of the web browser, see Fig 1.
    Fig 1 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 1
  2. Click on the β€˜+β€˜ (plus) button to increase the size, click the β€˜β€“β€˜ (minus) button to decrease the size and click β€˜100%β€˜ to return to the default browser size, see Fig 1 above.

Alternatively

  1. Click on β€˜Viewβ€˜ in the menu bar, see Fig 2 below.
  2. Hover your mouse over β€˜Zoomβ€˜ and choose β€˜Zoom Inβ€˜ to increase the size, β€˜Zoom Outβ€˜ to decrease the size and β€˜Resetβ€˜ to return to the browser default size. See Fig 2.
    Fig 2 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 2


Note: The current β€˜Zoomβ€˜ level can be seen in the web browser’s address bar. Click the number shown to return to 100%, see Fig 3.

Fig 3 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
Fig 3

To change the size of the text only:

The above options will increase the size of all the elements in a web page (text, images, etc.).  To increase the size of text only:

  1. Click on β€˜Viewβ€˜ in the menu bar, see Fig 4 below.
  2. Hover your mouse over β€˜Zoomβ€˜ and choose β€˜Zoom Text Only’ (see Fig 4, below) so that only the text elements will change size when using the zoom features outlined above.
    Fig 4 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 4

To set a larger default text size for all the web pages you visit:

  1. Click β€˜Firefoxβ€˜ in the menu bar or press β€˜Fn’ + β€˜Ctrlβ€˜ + β€˜F2β€˜ to highlight the Apple icon (ο£Ώ) in the menu bar, press the right arrow to highlight the β€˜Firefoxβ€˜ menu and press β€˜Enterβ€˜, see Fig 5 below.
  2. Click on β€˜Preferencesβ€˜ or press the down arrow to select and then press β€˜Enterβ€˜, see Fig 5.
    Fig 5 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 5
  3. Click the β€˜Contentβ€˜ button or use the up and down arrow keys to select it, see Fig 6.
    Fig 6 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 6
  4. Under the β€˜Fonts and Colorsβ€˜ section, click on β€˜Advancedβ€˜ or press β€˜Tabβ€˜ until it is highlighted and press β€˜Spacebar’, see Fig 7.
    Fig 7 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 7
  5. Click on the β€˜Sizeβ€˜ drop-down menu next to β€˜Proportionalβ€˜ and select the font size you wish to use as the default or, press β€˜Tabβ€˜ until the β€˜Size’ drop-down menu is highlighted, use the up and down arrow keys to select a font size and press β€˜Enterβ€˜, see Fig 8.
    Fig 8 - Firefox for macOS – Making text larger
    Fig 8
  6. Next, click the checkbox next to β€˜Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections aboveβ€˜ in order to deselect it or press β€˜Tab’ until the checkbox is highlighted and press β€˜Spacebarβ€˜ to deselect it, see Fig 8 above.
  7. Click the β€˜OK’ button or press β€˜Enterβ€˜ to save your changes.
  8. Press β€˜Cmdβ€˜ + β€˜Wβ€˜ to return to Firefox.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If this is the case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

More information:

Mozilla Help: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/font-size-and-zoom-increase-size-of-web-pages

Created on: September-06-2017

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