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Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion): Make webpages easier to see

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Make webpages easier to see using Safari

You can make the text and images on webpages larger so they’re easier to read. When you enlarge images and graphics, Safari keeps the text sharp and maintains the webpage’s layout.

You can add a Text Size button to the Safari toolbar by customizing the Safari window.

Enlarge text and images on webpages

While viewing a page in the Safari window:

  • To enlarge the entire page, choose View > Zoom In, or press Command (⌘)-Plus (+).
  • To enlarge only the text, choose View > Zoom Text Only, and then choose View > Zoom In.
  • If you have a trackpad or mouse that supports gestures, you can pinch open and close or double-tap to zoom in and out.
  • You can configure a trackpad to zoom when you hold down the Control key while swiping up and down. If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel or button, you can configure it to zoom when you hold down the Control key while scrolling up and down.

Enlarge small fonts on webpages

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open.
  2. Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Advanced.
  3. Select “Never use font sizes smaller than,” and then choose a font size from the pop-up menu.

Not all small fonts used on webpages can be enlarged. Small fonts in images, for example, are not affected by this setting. Some webpages may not look correct if you select this option.

Use the full screen

  • To enlarge a webpage so it uses the full screen, click the arrows in the top-right corner of an application window:

    Button for entering full screen

  • To move from one window to another in full screen-view, swipe left or right, or press the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  • To return to standard view, click the arrows in the window’s upper-right corner:

    Button for exiting from full screen

    Note: Viewing in full screen is available only if you have Mac OS X v10.7 Lion or later. For information on upgrading Mac OS X, go to the Mac OS X website.

    OS X website

Last Modified: May 29, 2014
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