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Learn to use your Zoom keys and browser settings and you'll find it quite simple to make text larger and easier to read.
Is there a way of enlarging the print size of Ask Leo! emails? My eyesight is not so good.
In this excerpt from Answercast #39, I look at a few ways to enlarge text in email to make it easier to read.
There's nothing that I have built into the system, or into my emails, that allow you to easily make it bigger or smaller.
However, depending on what email program or what method you're using to access your email, it could be very, very simple to make it bigger. Most email programs (when you are viewing a message) have a Zoom function.
So, what you should look for in an email program on your desktop (like say Outlook or Thunderbird) is a View menu that includes a Zoom item.
Sometimes, the plus and minus key on the numeric keypad can be used for this...potentially in conjunction with the Control key.
If you are using web-based email like Hotmail, or Gmail, or Yahoo mail, or others, the browsers all have the ability to zoom and make the web page you're looking at bigger.
Remember, when you're looking at email online using a web-based email program, all you're looking at is a web page – so everything you can do with a web page, you can do with your email, and that does include the Zoom function that is included in almost every browser.
Some browsers do zooming just a little bit differently than others or have both of two different modes available.
One mode is literally like a magnifying glass;
It also means that the page may get bigger than your screen and you may find yourself scrolling from left to right.
It doesn't change anything else displayed in the web browser other than making the text that's displayed a little bit bigger. That will cause (or should cause) the text to reflow and actually still fit on the screen; the paragraph may have different line breaks in it, but it should still be visible.
It's the same keystroke usually:
Or a View menu
Or in Google Chrome, you'd look at the Wrench icon off to the right that includes all of the other options.
But View and Zoom are the words to look for. Control plus or Control minus if you have a numeric keypad (or sometimes even if you don't) are the keystrokes to play with.
You should be able to zoom just about anything, the Ask Leo! newsletter or
any other email you get.
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