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How to change the size of text and icons in Windows 8

How to change the size of text and icons in Windows 8

Short guide:

  1. Open the Ease of Access settings by pressing the Windows key, + U.
  2. Scroll down to Explore all settings and click Make the computer easier to see.
  3. Under Make things on the screen larger, click Change the size of text and icons.
  4. Move the slider under Change the size of all items to the right to make text and icons larger.
  5. To change the text size of something specific, select it using the drop-down menu under Change only the text size, and then use the second drop-down menu to alter the size.
  6. Click Apply to finish, then close the window.

Before and after

Making text and icons larger in Windows 8, before and after

This section explains the steps you need to follow to make the text larger in Window 8. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help you.

Open the Ease of Access settings

1. Open the Ease of Access settings by pressing the Windows key, + U. Alternatively, open the Start Menu and type Ease of Access in the search bar. Select Ease of Access from the search results.

Open the Start Menu, type Ease of Access and select Ease of Access from the results

Click Make the computer easier to see

2. When the Ease of Access settings open, scroll down to Explore all settings and click Make the computer easier to see.

Click on Make the computer easier to see

Click on Change the size of text and icons

3. Under Make things on the screen larger, click on Change the size of text and icons.

Click on Change the size of text and images

Increase the size of text and icons

4. Move the slider under Change the size of all items to the right to make text and icons larger. Move the slider to the left to make them smaller.

Move the Change the size of all items slider to the right to make text and icons larger

Change the text size of specific items

5. You can also change the text size for specific parts of the Windows interface, including title bars, menus or icon labels. Just select the element you want to resize using the drop-down menu under Change only the text size, then use the drop-down menu to the right to alter the size.

Use the drop-down menus under Change only the text size

Click Apply

6. Click Apply to accept your changes then close the window.

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 so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.

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