How to Make Fonts Larger

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The Home tab in Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013 has everything you need to boost the size of text in an existing document or increase the font size of a new document. Pick a size from the Font Size drop-down menu, use the Increase/Decrease Font Size buttons or type a number above the menu to set the size.

Word can use half-point sizes, but not other fractional sizes.
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Step 1:

Open the Font Size drop-down menu in the Font section to pick a new size. To change the size on existing text, select the text before picking a size.

You can change sizes at any point, even mid-line.
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Step 2:

Select text and press the Increase Font Size button to expand the text by one size setting, such as from 16 to 18. The neighboring button decreases the font by one size setting.

As a shortcut, press Ctrl-Shift-Period to expand text or Ctrl-Shift-Comma to shrink text.
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Step 3:

Type a number into the Font Size box to pick a size not found in the drop-down menu. Valid options include sizes between the displayed options, such as 17, half-sizes, such as 17.5 and sizes larger than the menu's highest setting of 72, such as 100.

Word has maximum font size of 1,638 points.
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Step 4:

Click the Font dialog box launcher in the corner of the Font section to see other font options. Press Set as Default Word's to set the current font as the default.

Out of the box, Word defaults to 11-point Calibri.
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Step 5:

Increase the zoom level in the lower-right corner of Word to make text look larger without actually changing the font size. The zoom level won't affect how the document prints.

Hold Ctrl and turn the mouse wheel to zoom in or out quickly.
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Step 1:

Search for and open Make Text and Other Items Larger or Smaller using the Windows 8.1 Start screen.

Text size options are part of the Display Control Panel.
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Step 2:

Change the size of all items to affect both text and other desktop components, such as windows and icons.

Click Custom Sizing Options to set a specific size.
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Step 3:

Change the text size of individual desktop items, such as menu bars or tooltips, using the drop-down menus. Check Bold to bold the selected item's text.

Press Apply after changing all the components you want to make larger.

You can't enter custom sizes for components. The highest setting is 24-point.
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Tips & Warnings

  • When you select text, Word opens a mini toolbar above the selection for faster access to font size and other options. You can either change the size on the mini toolbar or on the Home tab of the main toolbar -- the two work identically with regard to font size.
  • Other than setting the default font size, these steps also work in most other Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • To set a default font size in Excel, open the "File" menu, click "Options" and pick a size on the General tab. PowerPoint doesn't provide a simple default size option -- changing the default requires you to edit the slide master style.
  • WordPad's font size options work very similarly to Word's -- pick a size using the drop-down menu on the Home tab. To change the size in Notepad, open the "Format" menu and pick "Font."
  • Changing the size of all desktop items requires you to log out of Windows to apply the change.
  • The same point size might look larger or smaller in different fonts, so choose a font before setting the size.

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