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Some web pages appear on a user's screen too small or too large, depending on the designer's and user's equipment, presentation philosophy, and viewing habits.

Modern graphical browser support changing the text size, though, to adapt a web page's presentation to the user's requirements.

Beware of designed web pages

A lot of web pages nowadays, especially very designed ones, appear poor to unusable and might even break completely, if one deviates from the web designer's font specification.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

Click "View > Text Size > (any of Largest to Smallest)" and select the text size to your liking.

If this doesn't change much, you have to allow overriding by the web browser: Click "Tools > Internet Options > Accessibility > Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages > OK".

That should do the trick.

(warning) Beware of subtle consequences: as the MS Internet Explorer is embedded in various other applications as display module, i.e. Outlook, other applications might unpredicatbly change appearance, too!

See the animation:

Mozilla Firefox 1.5

Click "View > Text Size" and increase or decrease the text size to your liking. You can also use the shortcuts CTRL-+ and CTRL--; CTRL-0 resets to default size.

Overriding by default is allowed. To set default fonts, use click "Tools > Options > Content > Fonts & Colors area", also check the "Advanced..." box there.

In the "Advanced..." box you might want to play with the option "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above".

See the animation: