FIX: Windows 10 font is too small

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  • You can make the text larger without changing the screen resolution of your monitor or laptop screen. That way, you can make the text easier to see.
  • Another way to increase font size on PC is to change the display resolution.
  • Fonts seem so insignificant in the whole computing equation that we tend to ignore them. Read everything there is to know about them in our Fonts section.
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There is an annoying font problem for some Windows 10  users – the font is too small on their devices.

There’s a very simple fix to this problem that we’re going to talk about below.

If you have been struck by the small font problem in Windows 10 here’s what you can do to remedy this problem.

The problem might be caused by high DPI scaling in Windows, so check our previous post with similar working fixes – Chrome Looks Blurry in Windows 10: What to do.

If your issue persists, then here’s how to make the font on your screen larger or smaller, in our situation you want to make it bigger.

How do I make the font bigger in Windows 10?

  1. Change font size
  2. Change display resolution
  3. Press the CTRL key and use your mouse wheel

1. Change font size

You can make the text (and other things like icons) larger without changing the screen resolution of your monitor or laptop screen.

That way, you can make the text easier to see and still keep your monitor or laptop set to the best possible resolution.

How to change font size on Windows 10:

  1. On Windows 10, things are simpler. All you need to do is go to Start > type display > select Change Display Settings.
  2. Under Scale and Layout, you can change the size of text, apps , and other items

display resolution

2. Change display resolution

Another way to increase font size on PC is to change the display resolution.

However, keep in mind that the default resolution of your screen already uses the best possible configuration to display Windows.

Increasing the resolution will indeed make all parts of the UI larger, but some of them will become blurry or will even disappear.

To change display resolution on Windows 10, go to Settings > Display and choose another resolution level from the drop-down menu.

change display resolution

3. Press the CTRL key and use your mouse wheel

If you want to increase font size on various apps and programs or while browsing the Internet, you can simply press and hold the CRTL key on your keyboard and scroll up using your mouse wheel.

The text size on the respective apps and programs will automatically increase.

That’s it, we hope that these suggestions helped. If you’ve got additional tips and suggestions, you can list them in the comments below.

If you’re still using Windows 8.1, here’s how to change display resolution:

  • Open Screen Resolution by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, choose Search, enter Display in the search box, choose Settings, and then Display.
  • Choose Larger – 150%. This sets text and other items to 150% of normal size. This option appears only if your monitor supports a resolution of at least 1200 x 900 pixels.
  • Hit Apply

If you want to change the text size for specific items in Windows 8.1, here’s what you need to do

  • Open Screen Resolution
  • Under Change only the text size, choose the item you’d like to change and pick a text size.
  • Apply
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WORK AROUND WHEN YOU ONLY NEED TO READ A PAGE OR TWO OF TEXT.
I searched and found this site because in Quicken, for reports only, text displays on my screen at about 5pt, and I can’t read it. You can change the printed report font size but if I want to read it on screen, forget it.
What I’ve figured out to do is to use the snipping tool, or take a screen shot, paste it into Word or OneNote, and then enlarge that document in order to read it. You could print it out and read it but I’m not always near a working printer.
Obviously not useful for a program you use all the time.

My problem is I have an application “Accurev” which when displayed on a lower resolution monitor than my Surface PRO 3 looks fine. However when displayed on the higher dpi screen of the surface the fonts are sooooooooo small I can’t read them. Is there a way to force another application to pay attention to the font scaling in windows 10/8.1?

No fix except to change the resolution of the SP3 screen to a lower non 4k resolution. Scaling doesn’t seem to apply to Accurev.

What if you have 2 monitors and want them both readable?
I have only been able to make them both large or both small.

Windows 10 allows you to scale each monitor separately. Windows 8.1 and earlier this was not possible. Yet another reason to get off off 8.1 and get the free upgrade.