Increase System Font Size - How?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by RZetlin, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jul 9, 2007
    Is there a way to increase the system font size and change font type on my Macbook?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    birmingham, alabama
    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.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    I am wondering this same thing. Is there a way to increase the Menubar font size?
  5. macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
  6. macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    Outer Hebrides
    Upping your font size

    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
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Quartz Debug -> Tools -> Show User Interface Resolution

    It's only partially implemented.

    You can shrink the Dock and desktop icons after if you wish.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    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
  9. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    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.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    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.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2009
    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!
  12. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Here's hoping OS X 10.7 will include Resolution Independence.
  13. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    ...and that Congress will declare a Resolution Independence Day holiday, and we all get another paid day off work!!
  14. macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    Tinkertool can, at least in leopard. Never tested it though.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    I am in exactly the same situation. Can't find any option to change menubar fonts and Tabs font in Safari.

    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...
  16. macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    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?
  17. macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    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.
  18. splatt, Mar 13, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 8, 2011

    macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    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.

  19. macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    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.
  20. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2009
    New York
  21. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2010
    Im hoping I dont need to worry about this with my new Hi Res screen I ordered :(
  22. macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2009
    Lol :rolleyes:
    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.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    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?!
  24. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    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.
  25. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2010
    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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