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How to make text and icons larger in Chrome OS

How to make text and icons larger in Chrome OS

Short guide:

  1. You can manually zoom in and out of the screen using keyboard shortcuts. Press Ctrl and + (plus) to zoom in and Ctrl and - (minus) to zoom out. Press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the default size.
  2. To change the screen resolution, click on the Time widget in the bottom right corner to open the System menu, then click on the Settings  button.
  3. Scroll down to the Device section and select Displays. Now adjust the slider for Display size.

Before and after

Chrome OS before and after the Display size is adjusted

This section covers the steps you need to follow to make text larger and easier to read in Chrome OS, complete with pictures of the screen to help.  

Using keyboard shortcuts

1. You can manually zoom in and out of the screen using keyboard shortcuts. Press Ctrl and + (plus) to zoom in and Ctrl and - (minus) to zoom out. Press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the standard size.

Chrome OS zoomed in

Open the Settings

2. Alternatively, you can change the screen resolution. Click on the Time widget in the bottom right corner to open the System menu, then click on the Settings  button.

Click the Time widget then the Settings button

Adjust the Display Size setting

3. Scroll down to the Device section and select Displays. Now adjust the slider for Display size, moving it to the right to make text, icons, buttons and everything else look bigger on your screen. Depending on your display, you may notice some deterioration in the sharpness of text and images, so find the setting that works best for you.

Select Displays then use the Display size slider

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

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