Make Windows 10 Text Larger the Right Way

By | March 15, 2017
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Make Windows 10 Text Larger the Right Way

Note: This article does not apply to Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703. If you’re using Windows 10 Creators Update see this page.

Many Windows 10 users have discovered how easy it is to change display settings.  You can use the slider in Settings –>System–> Display to make the text and everything else on your screen larger…

However doing so may have unintended consequences. For instance, parts of windows may be cut off – so you can barely see (or not be able to see) the “Apply” “Cancel” “OK” or other window controls or buttons. When you use that slider, you scale everything on the screen larger or smaller. If you’re using a custom theme or icons, you may be in for other unpleasant surprises. Windows warns you in Control Panel Display dialog: “… you can set a custom scaling level (not recommended). Setting custom levels can lead to unexpected behavior on some displays.”

So, if everything on your screen seems about right to you, but the text is so small that it’s hard for you to read, don’t make everything on the screen larger, try making the text larger the right way.

Right-click the Windows 10 Start button and choose “Control Panel”. In Control Panel, click on “Display” (make sure you are in Icon view and not Category view).

In Control Panel — Display you’ll see “Change only the text size”.

Select the item you want to for which you want change the size of the text (Title bars, Menus, Message boxes, Palette titles, Icons, Tooltips ) and use the drop-down arrow to change the font size for that item. If  you want to change all the listed items, you’ll need to do them one at a time.

You  can enlarge the text up to 24 pt font and even make the bold by ticking box next to “Bold”. But you may not be happy if you go crazy and choose very large bold fonts. It’s best to change the text size a little at time until you get exactly the size you’re looking for.

4 thoughts on “Make Windows 10 Text Larger the Right Way

  1. Doreen Wermers

    MY CONTROL PANEL HAS NO Display, oops sorry about all caps

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    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Doreen, thank you for reading out article. The article does not mention Control Panel. It mentions Settings …

      Settings > System > Display.

      Hope this helps you.

      Reply
  2. Doreen Wermers

    hi, ty. are you kidding, look above please, it clearly says “right click the windows start button, click on CONTROL, see below. I may have the wrong start button because my friend helped me change a few things to make win 10 more like win 7…
    this is copied from above article
    So, if everything on your screen seems about right to you, but the text is so small that it’s hard for you to read, don’t make everything on the screen larger, try making the text larger the right way.

    Right-click the Windows 10 Start button and choose “Control Panel”. In Control Panel, click on “Display” (make sure you are in Icon view and not Category view).

    In Control Panel — Display you’ll see “Change only the text size”.

    Reply
    1. infoave Post author

      Sorry. I have made a note at the beginning of the post that it does not apply to Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703). 

      Microsoft is moving most Control Panel items to Settings. If you’re using Windows 10 Creators Edition, you don’t have a “Display” option in Control Panel. There have been a lot of complaints about it – and I’ve added a note to the article that this does not apply to Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703. 

      You can try the info on this page for adjusting text on Windows 10 Creators Update.

      Sorry about that. On all previous versions of Windows 10 (And Windows 7 and Windows 8) have a Display option in Control Panel.

      Reply

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