How to Fix Font Size on a Dell Computer

By Gregory Hamel

Dell is a popular computer manufacturer that makes PCs installed with Microsoft's Windows operating systems. Inadequate font display size is a common issue in Windows. When you make changes to your computer, the resolution or font settings may change, which can make text appear too small or too large. It is also possible to accidentally alter font size using a keyboard shortcut. If you are not happy with your font size on your Dell, there are a few easy ways to scale it up or down.

Things You'll Need

  • Dell Computer

Change your screen resolution.

Step 1

Right click on the desktop and choose "Properties" (XP) or "Personalize" (Vista.).

Step 2

In XP click on the "Settings tab, and in Vista click on "Display Settings."

Step 3

Adjust the resolution slider to the right or left (right will set a higher resolution, left lower resolution) and then click "Apply." The screen will change to the new resolution.

Step 4

Click "Yes" to accept the changes.

Alter the text size in the program you are running.

Step 1

Alter the text size in the program you are running. Many programs have their own font-size settings that can often be altered in a view, settings or options menu.

Step 2

Look for an option to change font size or zoom. Often you can click on a "View" menu and then click "Zoom."

Step 3

Zoom to the required size. (For many programs, you can hold down the "control" key and then use the mouse wheel to automatically zoom in and out.)

Alter your computer's DPI scale setting in Vista.

Step 1

Right click your desktop.

Step 2

Select "Personalize" then "Adjust font size (DPI)," then "Custom DPI."

Step 3

Enter a number between 100% and 500% (higher numbers mean larger text).

Step 4

Click"OK."

Step 5

Click "Apply."

Step 6

Restart your computer.

Alter your computer's DPI scale setting in XP.

Step 1

Right click your desktop.

Step 2

Select "Properties," "Settings," "Advanced."

Step 3

Click on the DPI setting you want to use in the drop-down list or select "Custom DPI Setting (other)" and enter your own number.

Step 4

Click "Apply" and restart your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • The size of your display can have an impact on the size text appears on your screen. For instance, if you use a TV as a display, characters might appear very small from where you sit, so you may have to increase font sizes.