How to Make the Text on Your Screen Larger

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Windows 7 can enlarge the text on your computer screen for better readability.

Windows 7 users can enlarge the text display on the monitor screen for better readability. The Windows Control Panel has "Display" options that include three sizes: "Smaller – 100%" (default), "Medium – 125%" and "Larger – 150%." The medium and larger settings expand the document's area and reduce the surrounding gray background. The Desktop icons also appear larger. These display settings do not affect a file's font size on a printed document.


Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button or press the "Start" key with the Windows logo.

Step 2

Click the "Control Panel" in the right pane. A list of computer settings appears.

Step 3

Click "Display." This button displays a computer screen at an angle. A dialog window entitled "Make it easier to read what's on your screen" appears.

Step 4

Click the option for "Medium – 125%" or "Larger – 150%."


Step 5

Click "Apply." A window's message asks you to log off to apply these changes.

Step 6

Click "Log off now" to save the display change.

Step 7

Log on to view the enlarged text.


Some open documents will not fit the screen if the display setting is too large.

To add a custom size option, click the “Set custom text size (DPI)” link in the left pane of the “Display” dialog window. A ruler appears in a window. Drag the ruler to a preferred setting, such as "200%." A preview of the effect appears. Click “OK.” This custom option appears below the “Larger” option.