Tip: Zoom in on tiny fonts

Simple Mac keystrokes enlarge text for easier reading.

Occasionally I get e-mails that have text that is so small it’s a pain to read. You see this on web pages too. One solution is to set up your application preferences so that it forces all text to be larger in mail messages and web pages. Of course then you end up with ugly giant fonts on everything since all the text on every web page and every mail message gets enlarged.

Another more elegant solution is to use the built-in text zooming tools.

Here’s how it works:

1. To zoom in on text (e.g. make it appear larger) type Command +

2. To zoom out on text (e.g. make it appear smaller) type Command –

This works in Safari and Mail any many other applications. Go ahead and try it.

Another solution is to just zoom the entire screen:

1. Turn on the screen zooming tools by typing Command Option 8

2. To zoom in on text (e.g. make it appear larger) type Command Option +

3. To zoom out on text (e.g. make it appear smaller) type Command Option –

4. To return to normal view just type Command Option 8 again.

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