3 Ways to Fix Chrome When the Font Size is Too Small on Tabs

Increasing the fonts on Chrome will make everything a lot more clear

by Madhuparna Roy
Madhuparna Roy
Madhuparna Roy
A diploma holder in computers and with a keen interest in technology, Madhuparna is passionate about writing How-to guides and helping people solve the most intricate Windows issues.... read more
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  • Is your Google Chrome's tab font too small? That's not new, as it has been a nagging issue with the browser for years.
  • Many users try to zoom in to enlarge the font size, but it increases the size of everything else on Chrome except the tab text. 
  • While there's no direct solution available yet to increase the tab font on Chrome, there are a few tricks that can help you enlarge the tab text. 
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Many of our readers complain that they cannot read the text on the Google Chrome tab because the font size is too small.

At the moment, there’s no official way to enlarge the text size on a browser tab, but there are some tricks that can help you to make them readable.

While this will increase the Chrome tab font size, it will also make the text on the entire browser larger, for example, for the web pages, settings, and everything.

But, if you want to know how to change the font size on Windows 11, you can follow our detailed post for some useful tips.

Why are my Chrome tabs font so small?

If you realize that the Google Chrome font size has reduced suddenly, it could be due to any of the following reasons:

  • Changed the Chrome font size: An inadvertent change to the Chrome font size, either manually or using an extension, can lead to the problem.
  • Modified the Windows scaling parameters: Changes to Windows settings also affect Chrome and other installed applications, so make sure you check that.
  • An incompatibility issue: Incompatibility issues, like running an outdated version of the browser or the OS, can also be why your Chrom font is too small.
  • Bugs affecting the Chrome font size: If the problem appeared after updating the browser, it could be a bug in the latest version.

Fortunately, we have some useful tricks up our sleeves that can help you to enlarge the Chrome tab font size.

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How do I change font size in Chrome tabs?

1. Run Chrome in compatibility mode

  1. Right-click on the Chrome icon on the desktop and select Properties. open chrome properties
  2. In the Properties window, select the Compatibility tab, go to Compatibility mode, and check the box next to Run this program in compatibility for.
  3. Now, select a previous Windows version from the list. Press Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.Run this program in compatibility for

2. Make text size bigger in display settings

  1. Go to Start and type Increase Text in the Windows search bar.
  2. Under Best match, click on Make text size bigger. click on make text size better
  3. This will take you to the Text size settings in Windows settings.
  4. Here, go to Text size and move the slider to the right to enlarge the text size. Press Apply. Text size settings

Once the changes are applied, you should now see the Chrome tab fonts larger and clearer.

3. Use custom scaling to change font size

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing the Win + I shortcut keys.
  2. On the left side of the Settings app, select System. system settings
  3. Click on Display on the right. Click on display in system settings
  4. Now, on the right, go to Scale & layout and click on Scale. Scale & layout
  5. On the next screen, go to the Custom scaling field. Here, set a figure between 100 – 500 as mentioned, and click on the tick mark. custom scaling
  6. You would now be prompted to sign out for the changes to be effective.

Now, open Chrome and check if the font size on tabs has increased and you can read them properly.

How do I change the font back to normal in Chrome?

  1. Launch the browser, click on the ellipsis near the top right, and choose Settings.settings
  2. Now, go to the Appearance tab, and switch to the recommended font size. For other changes, click on Customize fonts.appearance
  3. Now, choose the default settings for the various options here.customize fonts

How do I increase the font size for the bookmarks bar?

Changing or increasing the font size for the Chrome bookmark bar only is not possible for now.

In such a case, you can follow the above solutions to increase the text size of the entire Chrome browser, which will automatically enlarge the font size of the bookmarks bar.

Some users also try to increase the tab text size by pressing the Ctrl and + key together. However, that simply Zooms in the browser content and not the tab font.

So, if you are wondering how to make the Google Chrome tab font bigger, you can follow the above methods for a quick workaround.

But if the fonts on your browser have changed unexpectedly, you can follow our guide to troubleshoot the issue.

If you have any other queries related to Google Chrome, you can leave a message in the comments box below.

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