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Easy on the Eyes: Tweak Your Text and Page Size on Your Chromebook

Updated on May 11, 2015
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Default text size on chromebook with the text size set to "medium"
Default text size on chromebook with the text size set to "medium" | Source
Default text size on chromebook with the text size set to "large" (notice the text and spacing pushing elements down the page a bit more).
Default text size on chromebook with the text size set to "large" (notice the text and spacing pushing elements down the page a bit more). | Source

Remember, remember text size changes from December

What's up, Chromies? :-)

I have been a Chromebook user since the end of 2012 (and a Chrome browser user long before that) and I didn't realize making this minor adjustment in the settings would be so significant. I made this adjustment so long ago, that I didn't even remember it until a friend of mine purchased a new Samsung Chromebook recently and has had questions as he is just getting acclimated. What he happened to notice (or remember, rather) was that when he saw me using my Chromebook, over my shoulder, that everything seemed easy to see and view as I perused the web.

My friend called me shortly after his purchase, unboxing and setup to ask me why did everything seem so "tiny" on his screen. "Tiny" in this case was referring to the size of the text onscreen. It then dawned on me, that yes, I did make a few adjustments that make using my Chromebook easier on my eyes and I didn't think much of it, until now.

Many of you might slap your forehead with a "Why didn't I do that already?" and that's okay! Make the adjustment now and make your experience better. Of course if you are just fine with the text and page sizes as-is then do nothing, move along, nothing to see here... as they say.

Increased text and page zoom is what we're aiming for

But, we can do better -- by adjusting both text size (Large) and page zoom (125%)
But, we can do better -- by adjusting both text size (Large) and page zoom (125%) | Source
Chrome menu... Settings
Chrome menu... Settings
Web Content... select "Large"
Web Content... select "Large"

Change text size but leave page zoom alone in menu

  1. First thing you want to do is click on the Chrome Menu located at the top right-hand corner of your browser.
  2. Next, in the list of options near the end select "Settings"
  3. Once you are at the main settings screen scroll down the page until you see a link option that says "Show Advanced Settings" and click.
  4. Continue to scroll down until you see a section called "Web Content"
  5. From the Font Size drop down, select "Large" (or "Very Large" if that's what you prefer)

The change will take effect immediately after you make appropriate font size designation and all the text on the settings page will "shift" up or down depending on which size you select.

You will surely notice a category under Web Content that is probably set to 100% called Page Zoom. You will be adjusting page zoom, but not here. Adjusting this setting would increase the page zoom of all websites and pages you visit. While that sounds like what we want, in actuality we only want it selectively on pages that need adjustment, not on everything.

That is to say, if a page is already fitting your screen nicely, the setting within this area if increased would push it beyond your display's boundaries automatically, causing you to scroll needlessly left or right and add even more scrolling up and down as well. Let's not go there.

Oh, yeah, you can close the Settings tab now too.

Adjust page zoom as you browse the web... (once)

Now, here's the part that just gets easier as you traverse the web and continue using Chrome. As long as you are logged in as a user with an account on your Chromebook, Chrome will remember your per page zoom settings, which is great! In combination with the font size tweak you have already made you are now ready to size your frequently visited websites so that they always display at the page zoom you choose.

All you need to do now is go to any website and either:

  • use the "+" and "-" icons in the Chrome menu for page zoom while you are on the page

OR

  • use the shortcut keys by by pressing the ctrl key and + or ctrl key and - while you are on the page.

As you press the + or - you will see a small magnifying glass appear at the end of the omnibar (URL bar). Clicking it or hovering over it will show you the magnification level of the current zoom level.

The final page zoom will be saved in Chrome and whenever you return to that page/domain in the future it will automatically be displayed at the size you last selected.

Over time, you may forget (just as I had) that you made this simple tweak, as we are all somewhat "creatures-of-habit" and visit many of the same sites. Your regularly browsed sites will already be perfectly sized with larger text for readability just how you like them. As you encounter new sites, a simple page zoom up or down is all it takes and it too will then be set, even if you don't return to the page or site for several months.

So there you have it, a simple tweak with great impact on your overall Chromebook experience. Let me know if this was helpful or if you have other methods of making your display work for you.

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      Pssst3 9 months ago

      The fastest way to make ALL text on the screen, including the shelf and tray larger, is to change the screen resolution to a lower setting.

      This is the best way to do a fast setup for seniors used to larger desktop icons in Windows and Apple iOS.

      Once that is done, the browser zoom can be set to tweak the display font in the Browser.

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      Pamela 17 months ago

      I've been unable to find a way to increase font size for not just Chrome browser/web pages but for all, including desktop, menu bars, etc. Would lowering the resolution do it? I hate messing with this, as the high resolution is so beautiful, but it's simply too hard to work with such tiny text. Thanks for any feedback about this! Hopefully, someone has resolved this issue and can share what finally did it.

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      HURLS 2 years ago

      Thank you. I also noticed if you scroll down a little further to accessibility you can make the mouse cursor bigger as well

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      John 2 years ago

      This is a VERY helpful post! (And nicely written.)

      Thanks SO much!!

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      Alchemist585 2 years ago

      THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!

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      Rubye 2 years ago

      Zoom works. Except that it does absolutely nothing for the menu bar or bookmarks bar. I don't get why this has to be a problem. Why doesn't Chrome make it to where you can also adjust the interface or menu/address/bookmarks bar? I'm returning my Chromebook because of this problem.

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      Andra 3 years ago

      Love this tip. Works great!! Do you know though how you can print the larger font page and have it stay large? Whenever I print it goes back to the original small size.

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      Veronica 3 years ago

      Thank you!! It was so terrible having to change the size every 2 minutes!

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      Johan 3 years ago

      Stumbled upon this tip. Really grateful that I did!

      Thank you!

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      Carol 4 years ago

      VERY helpful, thank you!

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      Terrance Henry 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Thanks jabelufiroz!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Useful tips TERRANCE HENRY. Voted up.