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Sunday, October 4, 2015

How to increase the size of the screen text in Windows 10 and OS X

As our eyes grow more “mature” and our optical prescriptions get stronger and stronger, what can we do about our computer monitors? I have some tips on how to do this in Windows 10 and OS X.


Windows 10

I have a client in Woodland Hills who asked me about raising the screen text size in their new Windows 10 laptop. I have to admit that Windows 10 does this better than OS X, because you have to change just one setting to increase the screen text size system-wide.

How to do it? Start by right-clicking on your Windows 10 desktop. You see the following menu:


Right click on the desktop of Windows 10


Second from the menu’s bottom, you see Display Settings. Left-click on it (the normal kind of click) to bring this up:


Choose 100 125 150 175 as your screen text size


Although you see a slider, you just have four settings.

You have 100%, the default.

You have 125%, the Medium size.

You have 150%, the Large size.

And if you have a big screen such as I do (1920 x 1080), you can even go to 175%.


Slide to the setting you want. Then click on Apply

Apply will then tell you to Sign out/Log Out of your computer for a moment. Then sign in/log in again.


Sign out again for best experience



Voila! Your text has increased in size. 


Now what about OS X?

Kirk McElhearn, a senior writer for Macworld, is over 50, as he acknowledges. He wrote an article for about increasing the size of text in OS X. 

No system-wide fix exists for increasing the size of the screen font overall. You have to do it on an app by app basis. Kirk gives the details here.


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