How to enlarge the characters of the Windows 10 PC: Because of your work, do you spend many hours on the PC and lately have you experienced visual disturbances? Well, in addition to booking an eye examination (I would say that in these cases it is the least you can do), you can try to make your poor eyes feel a little relief by enlarging the characters displayed on the screen. How do you say? You had already thought about it but you have no idea which Windows 10 setting to change for this purpose? So let me help you out!
In today’s tutorial, I will explain step by step how to enlarge the characters of the Windows 10 PC both by changing the system settings and by using a utility present in all versions of the Microsoft operating system (at least the most recent ones). Even if, from what I understand, you are not very familiar with the use of the computer, I promise you that if you follow my “tips” scrupulously, you will not have the slightest problem in completing your “undertaking” today.
Come on: let’s not waste any more time and immediately take action. Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, more importantly, scrupulously follow the steps given below. I wish you a good read and, above all, have fun!
Settings for enlarging fonts on Windows 10
If you want to enlarge the fonts of your PC with Windows 10 , know that you can act directly from the settings of the operating system and selecting the options you prefer to change the fonts of menus, windows, desktop shortcuts and icons. I guarantee you that the procedure to follow is extremely simple, and now I will prove it to you.
To begin with, you need to go to the Windows 10 Settings relating to the enlargement of the characters displayed on the screen: open the Start menu by pressing the Windows flag logo located at the bottom left, press the gear symbol located on the left sidebar and, in the window that opens, click on the item System . If you want, you can reach the menu in question by also acting in the following way: right-click in an “empty” spot on the desktop and select the Screen Settings item from the contextual menu.
In the window that opens, find the Resizing and layout section and open the drop-down menu located under the item Change the size of text, apps and other elements . Then select the level of magnification that seems most suitable for your needs (e.g. 125% ). If you want to use a custom zoom level, instead, click on the item Custom scaling and, in the window that opens, enter a custom scaling value between 100% (min.) And 500% (max.). To conclude, press the Apply button .
I advise you, however, not to set a level of magnification too high because otherwise you will disproportionately magnify the various elements of the Windows 10 interface: I advise you not to go beyond 130-150% , especially if the screen of your PC it does not have particularly generous dimensions, then of course the last word is up to you.
As soon as you have selected the level of resizing that seems most suitable for your needs, you may be asked to disconnect from the work session to correctly make the changes made: press, therefore, on the item Disconnect now and login again to your user account by clicking anywhere on the login screen.
Then enter the password to access your account in the appropriate text field (if you have not removed it ) and finally pressing the button (→) or giving Enter on the keyboard. As for “magic”, the Windows 10 fonts will be enlarged in proportion to the zoom level you have chosen to use.
Make the fonts smaller on Windows 10
After enlarging the Windows 10 fonts , did you notice that you wanted to make them smaller , thus restoring the default settings of the operating system? I guarantee you that there is nothing complicated in carrying out this operation: simply follow the “reverse” procedure to the one I showed you in the previous chapter.
First, go to Windows 10 Settings : open the Start menu by clicking on the Windows flag logo located at the bottom left, press the gear symbol located on the left sidebar and, in the window that opens, click on the System item . Alternatively, right-click on an “empty” spot on the desktop and select the Display Settings item from the context menu.
In the window that opens, open the drop-down menu located under the item Change the size of text, apps and other elements (in the Resize and layout section ) and select the 100% option (recommended) . If necessary, disconnect from the work session by pressing on the Disconnect now item , so as to apply the changes made.
If you have come to read this point in the guide, it was obviously not your intention to enlarge the Windows 10 fonts by acting from the system settings. If this is actually the case, know that you can resort to an “alternative” tool to achieve your purpose: I am referring to the Magnifier , a utility pre-installed on the Microsoft operating system that, as its name suggests, it offers the possibility to enlarge any element present on the screen in order to facilitate its visualization.
To use it, the first step you need to take is to type the term ” lens ” in the search bar located at the bottom left and click on the first occurrence that appears among the search results (ie the application icon ).
In the window that opens, you can use the (+) and / or (-) buttons to increase and / or decrease the zoom level of the screen. If you want, you can also select the display mode that best suits you: to do so, open the Views menu ▾ and choose the Full screen item to zoom in full screen, Magnifier to enlarge to enlarge a small portion of the screen or Anchored to have a panel with the enlarged version of the screen fixed at the top of the screen.
If you want to customize some settings regarding the Magnifying Glass tool, click on the button in which the gear symbol is represented and, in the window that opens, customize the operation of the tool in question according to your needs: adjust the zoom level of the lens using the buttons (+) or (-) , put the check mark on the options related to the automatic start of the lens at the time of access , enable the function relating to the inversion of colors and so on.
If you are a fanatic of keyboard shortcuts, know that you can use the following key combinations to enlarge the Windows 10 interface using the Magnifier tool (instead of the + and – buttons ).
- Win + symbol (+) – to increase the zoom level of the screen.
- Win + symbol (-) – to decrease the zoom level of the screen.
- Win + Esc – to close the Magnifying Glass tool .
- Ctrl + Alt + F – to switch to full screen mode .
- Ctrl + Alt + L – to switch to Magnifier mode to zoom in .
- Ctrl + Alt + D – to switch to docked mode .
If you want more information on how to best use the Windows Magnifier tool, I suggest you take a look at the guide in which I explain in detail how to enlarge the PC screen : there you will find other “tips” that will surely be very much useful.