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We spend a lot of time on our computers, but those who have less-than-perfect vision might have trouble seeing items on the screen clearly Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old Computers use print that's too small, your eyesight changes, you get headaches, and the computer gets called a lot of dirty names. Consult this guide to Windows Accessibility tools for some stress relief! Read More . Thankfully, Windows has accessibility options that can help you read text easier.

Open the Control Panel’s display settings by typing Display into the search bar. The resulting window allows you to choose between three different sizes of text: 100%, 125%, and 150%. Make your selection, then log out of Windows. Your changes will be applied once you log back in.

If 150% isn’t big enough for you, you can click Set custom text size (DPI) on the left sidebar to customize the size. Note that this could lead to a few minor interface issues, but if that happens, you can just return to this setting and set it back to normal.

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If you only need to zoom temporarily, the built-in Windows Magnifier tool will serve you well. It allows you to zoom in up to 1,600% and follows your mouse cursor when zoomed, making it more useful for examining fine details or reading small print for a few moments rather than continued browsing.

To launch this tool, simply type Magnifier into the search bar and choose its entry. It opens as a small window that can be relocated or hidden once you’re zoomed in. This probably isn’t something you use all the time, but it does come in handy for examining little details.

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Do you use a larger font than the default? What uses have you found for the Magnifier? Let us know how you use these tools in a comment!

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  1. lrollo
    November 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Font size is not the most important factor in web page legibility.

    Font type is a much greater determinant.

    The almost universal use of weak sans serif fonts for web display greatly disadvantages all readers, not just those with impaired vision.

    A more important aid to legibility is the pixel count for alphabet characters. Character for character, there are higher in serif fonts.

    The test piece displayed on p. 3 of item 2 in https://goo.gl/lUChsZ demonstrates the advantages of higher pixel counts. The Charis SIL item has 20% more pixels and presents a greater contrast to the background than the Arial [or Helvetica] sample.

  2. Massimo
    November 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Increasing fonts size does not increase fonts in outlook (2010 at least) and need more tweaks.
    As a better alternative , reduce your screen resolution to a supported one.
    everything will be bigger in one clic.

    Massimo

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