Changing Text Size

Our site has been designed so you may easily increase or decrease the size of text displayed on your computer monitor to a more comfortable size. Please note, these tips apply to Burlington Public Library's website, and may apply to most websites as well.

  • Internet Explorer (IE) will let you resize the fonts to 5 sizes - Largest, Larger, Medium (default size), Smaller and Smallest.
  • Firefox, however, has a wider range and lets you decrease the font size until it becomes illegible or enlarges it so much that you see only one word on the screen.

3 Different Options

  1. Browser Toolbar - Use your browser, i.e. Internet Explorer v 6 & 7 or Mozilla Firefox v 2 & 3. In versions other than those listed, you may have to experiment further, or consult your browser's Help.
  2. Keyboard Shortcuts - Use specific keys to change text size.
  3. Mouse Shortcuts - If you have a wheel mouse you may use the wheel to alter the size of the text on most websites.

Internet Explorer (IE)


Steps

Browser Menu

Keyboard Action #1

Keyboard Action #2

Mouse Action

1

On the Internet Explorer toolbar select View.

IE 6 & 7
On the Internet Explorer menu bar open the View menu by pressing Alt key and V.

IE 7
To increase font size by one increment, press the Ctrl button and the + (plus sign) key.

On a wheel mouse, hold down the Ctrl key as you spin the wheel up for larger text, or down to make the text smaller.

2

Point to Text Size.

Select Text Size by pressing X.

To decrease font size by one increment, press the Ctrl button and the - (minus sign) key.

 

3

In the Text Size list select the text size that best meets your needs.

In the Text Size list move to the text size option that best meets your needs by pressing the Up arrow or Down arrow key.

For Normal text press the Ctrl button and the 0 (zero) key to display the text at its normal size.

 

4

 

Press Enter.

   

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox allows you to change text sizes across a wider range than Internet Explorer. We suggest you use the Keyboard shortcuts on this browser.

Steps

Browser Menu V2

Browser Menu V3

Keyboard Action

Mouse Action

1

Firefox 2
On the Firefox toolbar select View.

Firefox 3
On the Firefox toolbar select View.

To increase font size by one increment, press the Ctrl button and the + (plus sign) key.

On a wheel mouse, hold down the Ctrl key as you spin the wheel up for larger text, or down to make text smaller.

2

Point to Text Size.

Point to Zoom.

To decrease font size by one increment, press the Ctrl button and the - (minus sign) key.

 

3

Increase - Displays the text on the web page one size larger.

Point to Zoom In - Displays the text on the web page one size larger.

For Normal text press the Ctrl button and the 0 (zero) key to display the text at its normal size.

 

4

Decrease - Displays the text on the web page one size smaller.

Point to Zoom Out - Displays the text on the web page one size smaller.