All of us love a high-resolution screen, however, by default, when on a high resolution, the text seems to appear timid and you really need to put in the effort at times when the contrast is not great or when you simply forget your glasses.
Or on the flip side, you might generally prefer a bigger text size on your machine. Though the latest iteration of Windows is leaps ahead in terms of design and under the hood improvements. Thankfully, the basic such as the process of changing the font size still remains largely similar.
Moreover, since the process is not so much different from the previous iterations of Windows, it is fairly easy and pretty straightforward to do so on your Windows machine.
Change the Font Size for Entire System from the Settings App
As mentioned earlier the process to increase the font size remains largely similar, you can easily change it from the default ‘Settings’ app on your system.
To do so, first, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ app tile present in the ‘Pinned apps’ section. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
Next, from the left sidebar on the Settings window, click on the ‘Accessibility’ tab to proceed.
Now, from the right section of the window, click on the ‘Text Size’ tile to continue.
Then, on the ‘Text size’ settings screen, locate and drag the slider to your right to increase the font size on your system. You will be able to see the font size preview in the ‘Text size preview’ area present on the window. Once you have reached the desired font size, click on the ‘Apply’ button to apply the font size immediately.
Now, if you have significantly increased the system font size, your text cursor would appear a size too small and in some cases may not be even easy to spot/locate when typing. Hence, if you have increased the font size significantly, it is highly recommended that you tweak the text cursor as well to maintain its visibility.
Tweak Text Cursor and Adjust According to your Font Size
If you are not able to locate your text cursor after increasing your text size, you can either increase the thickness of the cursor, or you can even enable the cursor indicators to never lose their track, you can even change the color of the text cursor indicator to increase the visibility if you do not wish to change the size. You can really tailor the experience as per your preference and desire with the plethora of options to customize the text cursor.
To tweak the text cursor according to your preference, first. head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘Settings’ app tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section in the menu. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
Then, from the left sidebar of the ‘Settings’ window, click on the ‘Accessibility’ tab to proceed.
After that, from the right section of the window, locate and click on the ‘Text cursor’ tile to continue.
Then, on the next screen, you will be able to completely customize the text cursor on your system. From the ‘Text cursor’ settings page, you can tweak the color of the text cursor indicator, its size, along the thickness of the text cursor. Moreover, you can also toggle the text cursor indicator if you do not wish to increase the size of it but at the same time also don’t wish to compromise on its visibility.
To increase the cursor thickness, on the ‘Text cursor’ settings page, locate the ‘Text cursor thickness’ section on the page. Then, drag the slider to the right side to increase its thickness. You will be able to gauge the thickness of the cursor from the ‘Text cursor thickness preview section. Once you have reached the desired thickness, leave the slider and the tweak will be applied immediately.
After that, if you do not wish to increase the thickness of the cursor but at the same time do not wish to compromise on its visibility as well, you can enable the text cursor indicator, which is basically a colored teardrop that appears on both ends of the cursor to help it visibility around a bigger font size.
To enable the text cursor indicator, locate the ‘Text cursor indicator’ tile and click on the toggle switch present on the far right edge of the tile to bring it to the ‘On’ position. After enabling, click on the tile to expand the section for customization.
Now, to increase or decrease the size of the indicator, locate the ‘Size’ tile and the slider following the option. Then click and hold the right mouse button and drag the slider to the right side to increase the size of indicators, and drag it towards the left side to decrease the size. Once you reach your desired size, release the mouse button to apply.
To change, the color of the indicator, locate the ‘Recommended color’ section and click on one of the grids of preset templates of colors. In case you wish to choose another color apart from the preset templates, click on the ‘Choose another color’ button to choose a color from the color finder in a separate overlay window.
In case you also wish to increase the size of everything on your screen, from icons to menus, to text and do not wish to go through each of their settings turn by turn, you can simply set a custom scaling factor on your system and increase the size of every component in relation to their original size without changing the screen resolution.
Set a Custom Scaling Factor to Increase the Size of Icons, Menu, and Text System-Wide
Setting a custom scaling factor is a pretty straightforward process and hardly demands any effort from your side. In fact, it hardly requires a couple of clicks from your side and you will be able to scale the screen to get the best possible readability for yourself.
To do so, head to the Start Menu, and click on the ‘Settings’ app tile present under the ‘Pinned apps’ section. Otherwise, type Settings in the menu to perform a search for it.
After that, on the left-sidebar make sure the ‘System’ tab is selected to proceed.
After that, from the ‘Display’ settings page, locate the ‘Scale’ tile present under the ‘Scale & layout’ section to continue.
After that, on the next screen, locate the ‘Custom Scaling’ tile and then type a value between 100-500 in the text field present on the far right edge of the tile and then click the ‘tick mark’ button to confirm the custom scaling factor on your PC. The custom scaling factor will be applied once you sign out of your PC and sign back in.
Note: Make sure you are giving a slight increase to the scaling factors (by default the scaling factor is 100) as this can negatively hamper the ability to navigate the PC.
Now, to apply the scaling factor to your PC, head to the Start Menu and click on your account picture/initials to reveal the overflow menu. Then, from the overflow menu click on the ‘Sign Out’ button to immediately sign out of your PC.
The custom scaling factor will now be applied as soon as you log into your PC.
There you go people, hopefully, this guide will not only help you increase the font size on your PC but also tweak the text cursor for the best viewability.