How to Increase the Text Size on Your Mac

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Whether your eyes aren't sharp enough for the text on a website or the default settings on your Mac render words too small to read, you'll want to know how to make text bigger on macOS. To get the text to a size that suits your eyes, you can lower your Mac's resolution, change the desktop icon font size and increase sidebar size or the scale at which web pages render.

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Decrease Screen Resolution to Increase Font Size 

1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner.1 1 2897271461867355

2. Select System Preferences.1 2 2897271461867355

3. Select Displays.1 3 2897271461867355

4. Click Scaled.1 4 2897271461867355

5. Select a lower resolution. If you see icons with different sized previews of text, select the icon that says Larger Text and click OK.1 5 2897271461867355

You’ve increased the size of everything on your Mac by lowering its resolution.1 6 2897271461867357


Increase Text Size for Desktop Icons

1. Click View in the menu bar.2 1 2897271461868398

2. Select Show View Options.2 2 2897271461867356

3. Click the number next to Text size.2 3 2897271461867356

4. Select a larger number.2 4 2897271461867355

You’ve increased the size of the text for desktop icons.2 5 2897271461867356


Increase the Size of the Sidebar in the Finder

1 Click the Apple icon in the top left corner.3 1

2. Select System Preferences.3 2

3. Click General.3 3

4. Click the field next to Sidebar icon size.3 4

5. Select Large.3 5

You’ve increased the size of the text for icons.3 6


Increase Size of Text in a Web Browser

1. Click Command and + at the same time until text looks large enough. Unlike the other changes you can make, when you set a website to render at a larger size, that will only effect pages on that domain (i.e. all pages at will appear larger, but pages will stay at the same size).

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Henry T. Casey
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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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