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Windows 7 and 8 – Making text larger

Many people find the text on the screen difficult to read, for example if you are working at a higher screen resolution or using a laptop with a smaller screen you may find the text too small to read easily. Also if you have a vision impairment you may also want to increase the size of the text to make it easier to read.

Windows 8

  • To open the Ease of Access Center press ‘Windows’ logo key +‘U’
  • On a touch-enabled device, swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen then tap ‘Search’ and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Ease of Access Center’ from the search results.
  • Using a mouse move the mouse pointer to the upper right hand corner of the screen, then move the pointer down to select ‘Search’ and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Ease of Access Center’ from the search results.

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Windows 7

  • Open ‘Ease of Access Center’ press ‘Windows’ logo key + ‘U’ or click Start button ‘Control Panel’ + ‘Ease of Access’ + ‘Ease of Access Center’.

Windows 7 and 8

Step 1

  • Under Explore all settings, ‘Tab’ to or click to select ‘Make the computer easier to see’.
  • Under Make things on the screen larger, press ‘Alt’ + ‘Z’ or click to select ‘Change the size of text and icons’, see Fig 1.

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Fig 1

  • There are two options, to select the size you want click to select or press ‘Alt + S’ for the default scale which is 100% or ‘Alt’ + ‘M’ for the larger scale 125%, Fig 2.

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Fig 2

  • ‘Tab’ to or click ‘Apply’ then press ‘Enter’ to accept your changes. You may then be required to restart your machine.

 

Windows 8

Change the text size only

In Windows 8 you now have the option to change the text size of specific items such as Menus or Icons rather than changing everything on the desktop.

  • Tab to the drop down menu under ‘Change the text size only’ and use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the options.
  • Tab again to select the text size and use the arrow keys to increase or decrease the text size.
  • Press ‘Alt + B’ to select ‘Bold’.

 

Windows 7 and 8

Changing the screen resolution

  • Under Explore all settings, ‘Tab’ to or click to select ‘Make the computer easier to see’, Fig 3.

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Fig 3

  • Click on or press ‘Alt’ + ‘Z’ to select  ‘Change the size of text and icons’ under ‘Making things on the screen larger’.
  • Select or ‘TAB’ to ‘Change Display Settings’.
  • To change your screen resolution, click to select and drag the pointer or press ‘Alt + R’ then use the arrow keys, Fig 4.
  • ‘Tab’ to ‘OK’ then press ‘Enter’ or click on ‘OK’ to accept your changes.

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Fig 4

From the Desktop

  • In Windows 7 you can also go directly to the screen, Fig 4 by right clicking anywhere on the desktop.
  • Select ‘Screen Resolution’ this will open the window shown in Fig 4 above.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

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