Safari font size on 12.9 iPad Pro = too big.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by WilliamG, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    This has been a nuisance since the original iPad 12.9...

    The font size is just far too big when the whole screen is used for Safari in Landscape mode. The solution? Have an app (e.g. Mail) open in ~1/3 screen size, which shrinks the font in Safari. But still, it would be nice to be able to shrink the font without having to have an app open to the side.

    Anyone else agree with me, or am I the only one with this want? :D
     
  2. masotime macrumors 68000

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    It's probably an issue with the website, not Safari on the 12.9". For example, the MacRumors forum has no issues with large font sizes in landscape mode on the 12.9".

    What website are you visiting?
     
  3. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Only place I've noticed it is on Reddit

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  4. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    Any web site. Literally any website. Macrumors etc etc.
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    I don't mean there's a formatting issue of any sort. I mean I just prefer a smaller font because you just don't fit as much on the page as I'd like.
     
  5. seadragon Contributor

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    No issues with mine. I'm typing this on my 12.9 and the font looks normal on mine.

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  6. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    I'd just like the font smaller. That's all I'm saying. It's too large for me.
     
  7. seadragon Contributor

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    I guess we have different preferences. I sure wouldn't want it any smaller. Have you looked in system settings? I think there is a font adjustment there.
     
  8. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    Here's what I mean. Full screen Safari the font is FAR too big. Such a waste of real estate. And here's the same page with a window on the side. Ahhh, much better.
     

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  9. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Well, for me, bigger font means less stress to eyes to recognize all stuff. I have poor eye sight so I prefer bigger size. This is the key reason I buy a computer with 1080P screen rather than 1366*768.
    Also, from your screenshot, I can barely notice any font size different.
     
  10. Sanlitun macrumors 6502

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    Hold it the other way.

    The ability to see forum style web sites in portrait mode on the 12.9 is one of the best things about it IMHO.
     
  11. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    So I'm holding it wrong? Come on... When it's sitting on the table with the Apple cover, I can't have it stand up that way...

    You can barely notice any font size difference?

    Well.... there you go. That tells me all I need to know. I won't expect Apple to give us more options any time soon..
     
  12. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I cannot link the bookmarklet macro procedure to increase or decrease font size in Safari. Doing a search on this forum and one should easily find it, it was posted when the first Mini became available. The procedure is well worth one’s time, it scales the font size very well.
     
  13. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    Thanks for the tip. Not really a solution since you have to do it on a per-page basis on the iPad, and nothing is remembered/savec. Still cool to be able to do. I'd like something a little more permanent. Maybe some day!
     
  14. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    There are other browsers one can utilize to adjust font, unless of course one is committed to Safari.
     
  15. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    Safari keeps things simple/fast for me (font size aside!).
     
  16. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Are you saying there are other browsers that can get more content to display on the screen?

    Or is the font just smaller?
     
  17. masotime macrumors 68000

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    ... did you request desktop site for neogaf.com? Because I don't see that effect when I load the forums on my iPad. The consistent font size is actually a hallmark of good responsive web design. The website you quoted, when you subvert it by requesting a desktop site, is actually considered an anti-pattern for good web design.

    Well I suppose to each his own, but unfortunately without using a different web rendering engine, you cannot "zoom out" in mobile safari, or otherwise arbitrarily affect the viewport width independent of the device.
     
  18. WilliamG thread starter macrumors G3

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    You don't see that effect? I'm using the desktop site, yes. Because it's an iPad, not an iPhone.
     
  19. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Wait until you get older ;)
     
  20. IPadNParadise macrumors 6502

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    I am having the opposite reaction. I ordered the 12.9" size thinking it would be large to handle but it would have a larger display with I thought larger text in Safari. I am disappointed to see the text size actually looks relatively smaller than my replaced 9.7". I want to stick with Safari and am not wanting to go thru steps on every page to increase size, just want a global way to do that. One would think Settings>Accessibility>Text Size would be the way, but nope.
     

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