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. No problem. With Safari, you can increase or decrease the font size of all the text on a webpage.

Zoom in or Out on a Webpage

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

  2. Click on View in the Safari menu bar located at the top of the screen.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labeled Zoom In to make all content on the current webpage appear bigger. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command +. To increase the size again, repeat this step.

  4. To make the webpage content display at a smaller size in Safari, select View > Zoom Out or use the keyboard shortcut Command -.

Customize the Safari Toolbar

The Safari browser contains two buttons that can be used 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.

To do this, click on View in the Safari menu located at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the option labeled Customize Toolbar. A pop-up window appears containing several action buttons that can be added to Safari's toolbar. Select the pair of buttons labeled Zoom and drag them to Safari's main toolbar. Click on the Done button to exit the customization screen.

Two new buttons are displayed on the Safari toolbar. One is labeled with a small "A." Pressing it decreases the text size of the webpage. The other is labeled with a bigger "A." Pressing it increases the text size.

Enlarging Safari Pages on Macs With a Trackpad

Macs with a trackpad have additional ways you can change the size of web pages. Using gestures, you can 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.

Also, 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 normal size.