Increase System Font Size - How?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by RZetlin, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Apple won't do anything about this issue unless lots of users request it. Send such complaints directly to Mr. Jobs.
  2. yakapo macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Those of you that made recent purchases and are forced to use a different operating system due to the illegibility of the fonts- I would suggest requesting a refund. If they get enough of these returned, they might consider taking some sort of action to solve this problem. If they demand a restocking fee I would threaten litigation. All you need is a jury of people over age 40 or so. Of course the only people who really benefit from class action lawsuits are the attorneys.
  3. jimla, Nov 22, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010

    jimla macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    Thanks for this tip MACagba. The text looks sharp and scaled up like it should. Unfortunately, there are display artifacts on most applications and cursor tracking on the bookmark bar menus on Safari and Firefox is broken.

    I understand from reading many forum postings that "resolution independence" is implemented in OS X but most applications must be rewritten to handle it properly. I'm not holding my breath! I'm getting by for now by reducing my screen resolution to 1024 X 640 and tolerating the fuzzy text. In the System Preferences > Displays menu, I selected Show displays in menu bar. That way I can instantly switch between low res mode to read the menu text and hi res mode to view the window contents.


  4. christinag macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2010
    OH MY GOSH txdevelopers THANK-YOU!!!
    Once mastered, this little trick is a (pardon the pun) "eye"life saver. :rolleyes:
  5. jimla macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    Notifier display scale factor stuck

    After I experimented with setting the AppleDisplayScaleFactor to 1.5 and discovered the display and cursor artifacts, I reset it to 1.0. Everything returned to normal except the shutdown and force quit notifiers which are stuck at scale factor 1.5. Does anyone know how to fix this?


  6. Stella47 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010
    File your complaint with Apple here

    I just entered this feedback/complaint regarding global font size changes and encourage you to do the same. Let's get this thing done!:

    I would like to see Apple deliver a stellar solution for increasing global font size for sight-impaired people.

    I recently convinced my 78 yr. Father to go to an iMac and the only option for increasing fonts is changing the screen resolution. This makes everything blurry and dumbs down the high quality monitor upgrade I boasted to my family about.

    I would expect more from Apple given how they rock everything else out. This would also be more Accessibility-friendly and less of a legal concern, I would think.

    Please allow a global font size increase that doesn't diminish the screen resolution and Apple's high quality products display performance. Please make Apple Senior Citzen friendly. Your demographic is it! Thanks. from a lifetime Apple user.
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    That's what I did. Switched to 1024x640 on a 13" macbook. All is fine now even from 2 feet back and my eyesight isn't that good.
  8. chrish123 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2010
    I just posted the request for change on Apples feedback site. That's the only way they will do anything so everyone who gets here should click on the above link and register your dissatisfaction..

    I am using parallels with Windows 7 running and can set the resolution etc with no problems including setting the font size for everything running... If I can do it there I should be able to do it in the MacOS..

    I have a 27" screen so going for the lower resolution settings ends up with wasted screen space! Apple should fix this and fix it soon, this thread has been going since 2004 and they have done nothing!

  9. Dingle777 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2008
    My story exactly too! I just assumed that OS X would have scalable system-wide text. What a joke!

  10. StrudelTurnover macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    I don't believe in gratuitous bumping, so I will say that this is one of the better threads on system font scaling I have seen on any Mac site. Nice to see a proper discussion of solutions, problems, and motives is nicely topped off by a good feedback letter to Apple. Which of course is the only way to really make a difference, as boycotting without communicating a reason doesn't solve anything.

    Pixel perfect application design should not trump user control. We are moving toward an open, user-empowered web, friendlier to those with disabilities and just general onset of age. Something that every one of us will have to deal with eventually. Obscuring one segment of the UI to clarify another (with the UA Zoom feature) is little more than a graceful hack based on tools for reading books, and neither Apple nor armchair support techs should lean on it so much as a solution for people with vision impairment to use a computer more effectively.
  11. shaze macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011

    OMG that's a great thread.
    But I am SO SO SO disappointed!!

    The thread has been created in September 2007 (!) and while I was going through the 3 pages and 60 responses I was really hoping to have an answer to fix this absurd issue at the end...

    I have the same story as everybody else: bought a new Macbook Pro 17 beginning of 2011 for my father. He's been using a ThinkPad 15'' @ 1024x768. When he started using the Mac with its gorgeous screen, he told me that the characters were way too small; sure no problem at all I think, similar to Windows, I head for System Preferences > Appearance, nothing... I go to Displays, nothing also...
    And then I googled the issue and find the sad truth.

    What the F (with a big F) Apple is doing???

    Anyway, I have currently lowered the resolution with all the blurriness...
    I may install Windows 7 until the Mac dies and then ditch the entire Mac thing in the future.
  12. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    Looks like resolution independence isn't coming to Lion either. It's 2011, and Apple is still stuck in the 1990s with regard to font scaling.

    Thank God I sold my iMac and went back to Windows.
  13. Cerion76 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Complaint to Apple

    I just filled in the feedback form.

    I've had my iMac for a year now but for 11 months I have used Windows on it. I just can't see the fonts well enough. The menubar is too small and the grey bars above everything is bland. I want customisation!

    Every now and again I log back into Snow Leopard to do something and I fall in love with it then I try to use it again and find I can't!

    C'mon Apple listen to your users. W shouldn't have to use Windows on an iMac to be able to use it!

    Still Windows 7 does work wonderfully well on it...

  14. Rolf-Dieter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    I also bought a new Macbook Pro 17 inch (this is my 4th MAC). I am certainly disappointed not being able to change the Menu Font Size.

    After reading most of the posts I simply took the advice to change the menu items in Safari to CAPITAL at least I can make them out now when scrolling over them with my curser :)

    Thanks to the fellow that recommended the WASHINGTON solution :)
  15. Rolf-Dieter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    Some one has his ADDRESS ???
  16. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Well, sure, someone does. What would be the point of having one otherwise?
  17. josephsieh macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
  18. andy.maier macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    Revert modification of GlobalPreferences

    The rest of the interface is indeed messed up still after running this command in Snow Leopard. PLEASE HELP!!! How do you revert to the original setting?
  19. mastro macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    I want to switch to Mac OS X but this is the only thing that keeps me off!!
  20. ryleylamarsh macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    having the same issue

    I just purchased the 27 inch iMac. I have great eyesight and i find myself going cross eyed on this thing!! I'm blown away that I cant adjust the fonts system wide.

    and I am NOT decreasing the screen resolution because it looks like ASS.
  21. bobbyjo macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Is there any help out there for this?

    I just purchased a new 27" iMac and this is ridiculous! I have to lean into the H U G E screen just to see the tiny tiny fonts in the address bar and top grey bar! There has to be a fix without control zoom or command +, or changing the resolution because I did not purchase a mac with his res so that I would not be able to use it! This was an easy fix in windows with hi-res screens-why not OSX???
  22. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
  23. Nussy macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2011
    Retina Displays for Lion?

    I'm another one of those people who just persuaded my father to get a mac only for him to have to have to reduce the resolution to make it usable.

    Anyone think this might finally get sorted out in lion? With the rumours of 'retina displays' apple would surely have to increase the DPI on the system menus otherwise no one could read them! Could this finally be the introduction of resolution independence?
  24. tonka2 macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Pretty easy fix

    I thought I mentioned this previously, but Safari has an extension listed under Productivity called "All pages zoom," which sets the size of the font globally. All you need do is press Cmd++ to where you like it, and it stays set throughout. I use it all the time. It does take a second or two to take effect.

    Hope this helped some of you:)
  25. Doffe macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    I'm suffering from this "feature" too.

    Or am I holding it wrong? :)

    Anyway, I'm happy to understand that it is recognized problem. I have sent the feedback.

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