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How to Make the Print Larger on Your Computer Screen & More

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by Christina Gregoire

All Baby Boomers and Seniors should know how to increase the text size on their monitors.  Sometimes, the print can be so small on your computer or mobile device that you’ll want to jump up and scream. 

Well…don’t scream when you’re next to me…I may start crying.  Hey, I'll even show you a snazzy trick for scanning a webpage digitally.

The Easy Way to Make Print Larger or Smaller

This is so easy that you'll never forget it.

  • Ctrl + : While holding down the Control key (Ctrl), press the "plus" key one or more times.  The control key is on the lower left-hand side of the keyboard.  (For Mac: use Command key.)
  • Ctrl - : Press the minus key in the same fashion to make print smaller again.

Another Way to Increase Text Size

Sometimes a computer is not set up for the method above.  So, here is another way to increase the size of the text when you’re browsing the internet:

  • Click “View” in the top left corner of your browser window.
  • Click “Text Size”.
  • Click “Largest”.

Make Your Computer Read the Page for You

Making the print larger is not the only trick I want to show you.  You can read less by letting your computer scan any page for specific words.  And, this scanning trick is especially helpful when you’re trying to read a long, dense block of text.

To Scan a Single Page:

  • Hit Ctrl F: While holding down the control key, press the “F” key.
  • A “Find” search box will appear.
  • Type a word, a partial word, or a phrase into the search box.
  • Click “Next” until the computer finds the word you’re looking for or until the computer finishes scanning the page.


To Scan a Website from the Google Search Page

Here’s one of my favorite tricks for finding stuff online.  This type of search is done from the main Google page (outside of the website you want to search) by using this magical format:

  • Site:website.com something
  • Example 1: Site:Boomarinas.com dating

Tips to remember: There must be no space before or after the colon. There is always a space before whatever word you are looking for. (So, in example 1, there must be a space before the word "dating".)

The results from the Example 1 search will include all Boomerinas.com articles with the word “dating”.  And, you can use this type of quickie, external search with any website.

Another Way to Scan a Website from Google

Here is how you can scan a website from Google and tell Google that you want results that do not contain a specific word.

  • Example 2: Site:Boomerinas.com cruise wear -plus

There must be no space between the minus sign and the word you don't want; in Example 2, there should be no space between the minus sign and the word "plus".  This is an easy way to see all Boomerinas.com articles about regular-sized cruise wear, because the minus sign joined with a word (in this case -plus) will exclude all articles containing the word you specified.  And, you will have filtered out any pages about "plus sizes".

Use Technology to Keep up With Younger People

Other technologies can help you deal with the ever-changing digital world.  You can get text magnifiers, large print keyboards, and special programs, which read words aloud through your computer’s speakers.  But, whenever your eyes start to bug you, get up and walk around.  And, remember that computers can make you crazy until you learn one or two little tricks that your grandchildren should have taught you by now.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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