How to Enlarge All the Fonts on Windows

By Shannon Cotton

If you would like to change the size of the fonts that Windows uses, you can adjust your settings in the Control Panel. There are a couple of ways to make your Windows fonts larger. You can change the actual font size, which will enlarge the fonts on your desktop, Windows menus and other selected locations, but will not enlarge the fonts in other programs that you use on your computer. Another option is to enlarge your entire display by increasing the dots per inch (DPI) scale. When you increase the DPI scale, everything you view on your computer will be larger.

Change Windows Font Size

Step 1

Click "Start" and "Control Panel."

Step 2

Select "Appearance" in Windows 7, or click "Appearance and Personalization" and then "Personalization" if you are using Windows Vista.

Step 3

Click "Display" and "Change color scheme" in Windows 7, or click "Window Color and Appearance" and then "Open classic appearance properties" in Windows Vista.

Step 4

Click "Advanced."

Step 5

Select the area of Windows you would like to change in the "Item" list, and click the font size that you would like to use from the "Size" list. Repeat for all parts of Windows that you would like to change.

Step 6

Click "OK."

Increase the DPI Scale

Step 1

Click "Start," "Control Panel," and "Appearance and Personalization."

Step 2

Select "Adjust screen resolution" in Windows 7, or click "Personalization" and "Adjust font size (DPI)” in Windows Vista.

Step 3

Increase the DPI by choosing "Medium" or "Larger" in Windows 7, or select "Larger scale" in Vista.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using Windows XP, you can change your Windows fonts in the Display Properties box. Access this box on clicking on "Desktop" and then clicking "Properties." Select "Appearance," then "Advanced," and change each item as desired. To increase the DPI scale in XP, click "Display," "Settings" and "Advanced" in the Control Panel, and adjust the DPI from the "General" tab.