Need Bigger Words!!, Part 3

April 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Part 3, How do I make things bigger?

(Click here to read Part 2)

Last time I showed you how to make words and pictures bigger on web pages if you were using Apple’s Safari or Microsoft’s IE (Internet Explorer).  Today I’ll show you how to do the same thing with Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

Mozilla Firefox (Apple or PC computers)

A lot of PC people like to use Firefox because it offers better Internet security than even IE8, and it has a lot of neat plug-ins to personalize your browser.

To make just the words bigger in Firefox.

  1. Click the VIEW from the top menu bar, click ZOOM, then select “ZOOM TEXT ONLY”.
  2. Now go back to VIEW again, click ZOOM, and select “ZOOM IN”. This will  make just the words bigger.

Firefox Browser

Making just the words bigger.

To make the whole page  bigger in Firefox.

  1. Click the VIEW from the top menu bar, click ZOOM.
  2. If  “ZOOM TEXT ONLY” has a check mark next to it, click it to turn it off.
  3. Go back to VIEW, then ZOOM, then “ZOOM IN”. This will enlarge the whole page.

If you want to put everything back to the way it was, just go to VIEW –> ZOOM –> RESET.  Presto!  Everything is back to that normal (tiny) text again.

Google Chrome (Apple or PC computers)

Google (you know, that big search site that’s so popular the words googled and googling are now official words in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) has created its own Internet browser.

Google Chrome browser

"Yes, Virgina, there is a a Google browser."

To make a page bigger in Chrome.

  1. Look for the little picture (icon) of a paper with the folded corner, and click on it.
  2. Select ZOOM, then select LARGER.

To restore the size of the web page, it’s ZOOM -> NORMAL.

Chrome: magnifying page.

Changing the page size in Chrome

Opera (Apple or PC computers)

Opera (not Oprah) may sound new, but it’s been around almost as long as the Internet has been popular.

Opera 10 browser

The Opera 10 (not to be confused with "Oprah") browser.

To make a page bigger in Opera

  1. In the lower right corner, look for the icon of a magnifying glass next to the word View.
  2. Click on it and select the zoom size you want the page to be magnified.
Using Zoom View in Opera 10

Using the "Zoom View"

To restore the page to its original size, go back to the View button and click 100%.

Congratulations!  You now know how to magnify web pages and make those puny words bigger and easier to read!  And as a bonus, you also know about five of the top Internet browsers!  For a reward, there’s a saucer of milk and a sunny spot to nap waiting for you.

–The Computer Cat


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