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Old Sep 8, 2007, 10:15 AM   #1
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Increase System Font Size - How?

Is there a way to increase the system font size and change font type on my Macbook?
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Old Sep 8, 2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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Old Oct 4, 2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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that doesn't seem to affect the menubar font size.. am i missing somethign with changing that? and no, tinkertool does not do it either.
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Old Dec 13, 2007, 10:54 PM   #4
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I am wondering this same thing. Is there a way to increase the Menubar font size?
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Old May 6, 2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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Am wondering about the same thing as well!
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Old May 22, 2008, 08:19 AM   #6
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Upping your font size

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Am wondering about the same thing as well!
The only thing the mac guy can suggest is that you change the resolution on your machine. Of course, you may be able to read, but the icons will be HUGE
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Old May 22, 2008, 08:37 AM   #7
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Quartz Debug -> Tools -> Show User Interface Resolution

It's only partially implemented.

You can shrink the Dock and desktop icons after if you wish.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 01:50 AM   #8
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And all this for the 'World's Most Advanced Operating System'?

I stumbled upon this thread out of my desperate search for changing the font sizes (no, not the resolution) and I now know that this is one of those 'quirks' I have to live with after having made a 'successful' switch
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 08:39 AM   #9
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Is there a way to increase the system font size and change font type on my Macbook?
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And all this for the 'World's Most Advanced Operating System'?
I think it used to be possible in OS9. I wonder if it's ever been possible in X. It's certainly curious that this capability was dropped.

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Old Jan 25, 2010, 10:26 PM   #10
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Changing the font in the Finder application will only change the font size for that application. Please verify solutions before posting them.

As far as system-wide fonts go, I don't believe it's possible to increase fonts / interfaces in OS X like you can in windows. Bummer considering all those ultra high resolution 30" screens being sold.
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 05:47 PM   #11
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You can't change system wide fonts in os snow leopard

Hi, I actually called apple support and they told me that you cannot change the system wide font size. They suggested changing the resolution-which made things slightly blurred and the screen more difficult to work with and also the universal access, which I didn't care for either. That is the problem with these ultra resolution screens!
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 06:13 PM   #12
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Here's hoping OS X 10.7 will include Resolution Independence.
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 08:18 PM   #13
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...and that Congress will declare a Resolution Independence Day holiday, and we all get another paid day off work!!
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 08:27 PM   #14
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Is there a way to increase the system font size and change font type on my Macbook?
Tinkertool can, at least in leopard. Never tested it though.
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 10:10 PM   #15
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I am in exactly the same situation. Can't find any option to change menubar fonts and Tabs font in Safari.

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Tinkertool can, at least in leopard. Never tested it though.
I tested. Tinkertool does not change fonts in the spots mentione above (in MAC OS X 10.6.2 on Apple MacBook Pro)

Terminal command
"defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.5"
icreases system fonts however. But it corrupts some applications & web pages functionality (buttons e.t.c.). So does not seem to be the solution...
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 10:47 PM   #16
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menu bar font size

I have the same problem. I've had to reduce the resolution on my beautiful new 27" screen so that I can see the menu bar without eyestrain. What's the point? Doesn't Mr Jobs wear glasses?
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 11:05 PM   #17
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Well, this sucks.

I made the switch from windows with my first mac this weekend and as someone with poor eyesight, this issue is a killer for me. On the 27" imac I bought the OS fonts are TINY! It's almost unusable. It's a shame because I really like everything so far. If I can't find a solution I may have to just install windows 7 on this thing. I'm going to keep it either way though because I like the format and the big screen is super sweet.
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Old Mar 13, 2010, 10:51 PM   #18
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Guess I'll just have to stick with the windows 7 install on bootcamp until apple decides that people without 20/10 eyesight are worthy customers.

Thumb resize.

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Old May 4, 2010, 11:11 AM   #19
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I have the same problem. I've had to reduce the resolution on my beautiful new 27" screen so that I can see the menu bar without eyestrain. What's the point? Doesn't Mr Jobs wear glasses?
Thanks everyone for posting.

I had the same prob. Cured by going to:

System Preferences -> Hardware -> Mouse

Select the 'Screen Zoom' checkbox

Select 'Screen Zoom' -> Options

'Zoom while holding' ^ Control

Then to enlarge the screen image by

1. With trackpad - Control + Two Finger scroll
2. With mouse - Control + mousewheel in or out

Once enlarged, moving the cursor to the edges of the display will move the display to the desired portion.

As always, completely un-intuitive, but effective once you've decoded the twisted minds that wrote the op system code.
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Old May 4, 2010, 11:14 AM   #20
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http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html

This will do it but not compatible with 10.6
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Old May 4, 2010, 05:18 PM   #21
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Im hoping I dont need to worry about this with my new Hi Res screen I ordered
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Old May 4, 2010, 06:23 PM   #22
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Here's hoping OS X 10.7 will include Resolution Independence.
Lol
I doubt it will ever come to be. If it wasn't being implemented in Tiger, Leopard or Snow Leopard (apart from a little 'side show' gimmick), it probably won't be in 10.7 or thereafter.
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Old May 6, 2010, 11:05 AM   #23
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Im hoping I dont need to worry about this with my new Hi Res screen I ordered
hate to tell you, but i'm having this issue w/a new macbook pro 15". i ordered the anti-glare, which is only available w/high res screen. i'm not happy with the size of fonts on my desktop, we're talking about a seven point font, and no way to change it!

while i can adjust for surfing the net, it's annoying to have to do it on every page, and certain programs (e.g., ical) don't have an option to adjust the font size. what were they thinking?!
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Old May 9, 2010, 11:54 AM   #24
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Just received 17" Macbook Pro. One reason I upgraded was for the the beautiful crisp and clear 1900 x 1200 high resolution antiglare screen... and now I need to squint to see the user interface system fonts and icons. The only remedy I have found so far is to run Windows where this is an easy adjustment, reduce screen resolution to a fuzzy focus, or zoom in and out. Very frustrating.

Warning... DO NOT buy a beautiful high resolution screen if you need to see the user interface.

Apple has come a long way but they have clearly dropped the ball here.
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Old May 10, 2010, 12:11 PM   #25
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Absolutely amazed...

Made the big leap this past weekend....Macbook Pro...iPad, etc.
Out of all the migration issues I thoroughly (?) examined...I would have never thought to look for such a thing.
Still amazed....
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