How to Modify Text Size in the Safari Browser on a Mac

You don't have to squint to read webpages in Safari

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The size of the text displayed on web pages in the Safari browser on your Mac may be too small for you to read comfortably, particularly if you are using a small-screen laptop. It is also possible that you may find the text size is too large for your taste.

You can increase or decrease the font size of all the text on a webpage. Here's how to make Safari easier to read.

These instructions apply to Safari 10 and later.

Zoom in or out on a Webpage

To make the browser font bigger in Safari–or smaller–you have a couple of things you can do.

  1. Open the Safari browser on your Mac and go to a webpage.

  2. Open the View menu at the top of the screen and click Zoom In to make all content on the current webpage appear bigger. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command-plus (+).

    You can keep entering the command to make the text even bigger.

    Safari on a Mac with the Zoom In command highlighted
  3. To make the webpage content display at a smaller size in Safari, select View > Zoom Out or use the keyboard shortcut Command-minus (-).

    Safari on a Mac with the Zoom Out command highlighted
  4. To reset the zoom, select Actual Size under the View menu or use the keyboard shortcut Command-zero (0).

    This command won't be available until you zoom in or out on the page.

    Safari on a Mac with the Actual Size command highlighted
  5. Safari remembers how much you zoom in on a website. So if you close it and come back later, it will look the same as when you left.

Add Zoom Controls to the Safari Toolbar

The Safari browser contains two buttons that you can use to increase or decrease the text size. These buttons can be placed on Safari's main toolbar but do not appear by default. You must modify your browser settings to make these buttons available.

  1. Click on the View menu and click Customize Toolbar.

    Safari on a Mac with the Customize Toolbar command highlighted
  2. In the pop-up window, select the pair of buttons labeled Zoom and drag them to Safari's main toolbar.

    Safari on Mac with the Zoom Toolbar item highlighted
  3. Click Done to exit the customization screen.

    Customize Toolbar window in Safari with the Done button highlighted
  4. Two new buttons appear on the screen: a small letter A and a larger letter A. Press the first one to make the text smaller, and the second to zoom in.

Enlarging Safari Pages on Macs With a Trackpad

Macs with a trackpad have additional ways you can change the size of web pages. Place two fingers together on the trackpad and then spread them apart to enlarge the size of a Safari webpage. Pulling the two fingers back together reduces the size of the webpage.

A double-tap with two fingers on the trackpad zooms in closely on a section of the web page. A second double-tap returns the page to standard size.