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(Paul Watkins 03/02/09)

    Maybe it's just me, but it seems like more and more websites have their font set so small that I can't read it without a magnifying glass. Now I know my eye sight is not what it used to be, but I've also noticed there's a whole lot more advertising on websites than there used to be. And I suspect that's partly why the font sizes have to be shrunk (shrunken? shrinked? shrank?). They have to decrease the size of the font to get more on the page. ... For whatever the reason, too many pages are too small for me to read comfortably. But there is an easy solution.

    When the print on a webpage is too small for your liking, use the keyboard combo of "Ctrl" and "+" together, to bump the font up one size. If that's not enough, do it again. If it gets too big, use "Ctrl" and "-" together and it will shrink one size. Try it here. Hold your Ctrl key down, tap the "+" key on your numeric keyboard once lightly, and let up on "Ctrl". Try it again. Now shrink it with "Ctrl" and "-".

    One caveat. Depending on the way a particular page is designed, you may get some strange results, like text and pictures overlapping. But most of the time you can get the text to a comfortable size to read before the page gets too jumbled up. Also, I don't know on Macs if the Apple key and "+" work the same or not. I'll wait to hear from one of you Mac users. ;-)
    Update 03/03/09 Cory responded to this tip with this information:
"If you've got a mouse with a scroll on it you can press control and roll the scroll up and down to adjust the size of the page too!!"
I think I may be using that method myself.
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