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How to make text larger in Firefox for Windows 11

How to make text larger in Firefox for Windows 11

Short guide

  1. Click the Menu  button in the top-right corner of the browser window, then use the + (plus) and (minus) buttons to zoom in and zoom out of the page.
  2. Click on the Zoom percentage indicator in the address bar to return to the default size.
  3. Click the Menu  button, then click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Language and Appearance and use the dropdown menu to increase the Default Zoom.
  5. Click the checkbox for Zoom text only to have the zoom apply solely to text.

Before and after

A website at 100% zoom and 150% zoom in Firefox

This section explains how to use the Zoom controls and adjust font sizes in the Firefox browser on Windows 11. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Using the Zoom controls

1.The easiest way to make text larger is to use the Zoom controls. Click the Menu  button in the top-right corner of the browser window, then use the + (plus) and – (minus) buttons to zoom in and zoom out of the page. You can also press the Ctrl and + (plus) keys to zoom in and the Ctrl and - (minus) keys to zoom out. 

Click the Menu button and use the plus and minus zoom controls to zoom in and out

Return to the default size

2. When you use the Zoom controls, you’ll see a Zoom percentage indicator appear in the address bar. Click on this, or press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the default size.

Click the percentage indicator to return to the default zoom level

Open the Firefox settings

3. You can also increase the default zoom level in Firefox, or set the zoom to apply to just text on the web page, rather than images and buttons.  Click the Menu  button, then click Settings.

Click the Menu button and select Settings

Increase the default zoom level

4. Scroll down to the Language and Appearance section and click the dropdown menu next to Default zoom. Select a new Default zoom level.

Select a new Default Zoom level

Make the zoom text only

5. Click the checkbox for Zoom text only to have the zoom apply solely to text.

Click the checkbox for Zoom text only

Change the default text size

6. Another approach is to set a higher default text size. You can change this across all text by clicking on the Size dropdown menu for the Default font. Alternatively, click Advanced.

Set a higher default text size or click Advanced

Set new text sizes

7. Here you can change the settings for the Proportional and Monospace fonts. Increase the Size for each.

Increase the size of the Proportional and Monospace fonts

Change the minimum font size

8. Click the dropdown menu for Minimum font size to increase the minimum font size. By default, your new settings will only apply when the designer of a website hasn’t set their own font sizes, but you can override their sizes with your own. Just click to untick the box marked Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of your selections above.

Adjust the minimum font size and untick Allow pages to choose their own fonts

Apply your changes

9. Finally, click OK to apply your changes. 

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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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