How to Modify Text Size in the Safari Browser

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Safari Web browser on macOS ​Sierra and Mac OS X operating systems.

The size of the text displayed on web pages within your Safari browser may be too small for you to clearly read. On the flip side of that coin, you may find that it is too large for your taste. Safari gives you the ability to easily increase or decrease the font size of all text within a page.

First, open your Safari browser. Click on View in your Safari menu, located at the top of the screen. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labeled Zoom In to make all content on the current Web page appear bigger. You can also use the following keyboard shortcut to accomplish this: Command and Plus(+). To increase the size again, simply repeat this step.

You can also make the content rendered within Safari appear smaller by selecting the Zoom Out option or keying in the following shortcut: Command and Minus(-).

The options above, by default, zoom the display in or out for all content shown on the page. To only make text bigger or smaller and leave other items, such as images, in their original size you have to first place a check mark next to the Zoom Text Only option by clicking on it once. This will cause all zooming to only affect text and not the rest of the content.

The Safari browser contains two buttons which can be used to increase or decrease text size.

These buttons can be placed on your main toolbar but do not appear by default. You must modify your browser settings in order to make these buttons available.

To do this, click on View in your Safari menu, located at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labeled Customize Toolbar.

A pop-out window should now be displayed containing several action buttons which can be added to Safari's toolbar. Select the pair of buttons labeled Zoom and drag them to Safari's main toolbar. Next, click on the Done button.

You will now see two new buttons displayed on your Safari toolbar, one labeled with a small "A" and another with a bigger "A". The small "A" button, when pressed, will decrease the text size while the other button will increase it. When using these, the same behavior will occur as when you use the options detailed above.

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