How to Zoom Text in Google Chrome

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Changing the text size on a Web page can improve readability or help you to see more of the text on a page without scrolling. Use the Font Size feature on Google Chrome 41 -- which you can access through the Web Content section of the browser’s Settings page -- to increase or decrease the text size. To zoom everything on a Web page, access the Page Zoom feature from Chrome’s Settings page or use the Zoom option from the Chrome menu.

There are five text size options to choose from.
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Step 1

Open Chrome and select the Chrome menu icon to open the drop-down menu. Click the Plus or Minus button in the Zoom section of the menu to increase or decrease the size of everything on the Web page, including videos, text and images. The Web page's size appears as a percentage between the Plus and Minus buttons.

Use the Zoom option on the menu.
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Step 2

Select Settings in the Chrome menu to open the Settings page.

Select Settings from the menu.
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Step 3

Click Show Advanced Settings to display the browser's Advanced Settings menu.

Reveal the Advanced Settings menu.
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Step 4

Scroll down the page to the Web Content section and then click the Font Size drop-down box. Choose the font size you want to use, such as Large. The font sizes range from "Very Small" to "Very Large." The new font size takes immediate effect.

Choose the new font size.
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Step 5

Click the Page Zoom drop-down box in the Web Content section and then choose the new zoom size, such as 150 percent. The zoom sizes range from "25 percent" to "500 percent." Similar to the Font Size feature, the new zoom size activates immediately.

Select the new zoom size from the list of options.
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Tips & Warnings

  • On a Windows computer, press Ctrl-+ to increase the size of everything on a Web page. On an Apple computer, press Command-+ to increase the size.
  • Press Ctrl-minus to decrease the size of all elements on a Web page on a Windows computer. Press Command-minus on an Apple computer to decrease the size of everything on a page.
  • Press Ctrl-0 to make everything revert to the default zoom size on a Windows computer. On an Apple computer, press Command-0 to achieve the same result.
  • To open a Chrome window in full screen, press Command-Shift-F on an Apple computer or F11 on a Windows computer.
  • The Font Size feature only works on a website that doesn’t prevent Chrome from changing the size of the text on a Web page.

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