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How to increase the text size on a MacBook

Struggling to read text on your MacBook? If you often find yourself squinting while using your computer then you should know that you can increase the size of your text to make reading easier. 

Keep reading to follow our step-by-step guide and learn how to increase the size of the text on your MacBook.

What you’ll need:

The short version:

  • Open System Settings in the Apple menu
  • Select Accessibility in the side panel
  • Choose Display
  • Select Text Size
  • Adjust the slider accordingly
  • Select Done
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How to increase the text size on a MacBook

  1. Step

    Open System Settings in the Apple menu

    We’ll be demonstrating the steps with macOS Sonoma. To learn how to increase the text size on an older version of macOS, scroll down to the Troubleshooting section of this guide. 

    In the top left corner of your screen, you’ll see the Apple logo. Click this once and the Apple menu will appear, as shown here. Then click System Settings which will open up the app. 

    Alternatively you can select the System Settings app from your Launchpad.
    Apple menu with System Settings option highlighted

  2. Step

    Select Accessibility in the side panel

    Once the System Settings app is open, click Accessibility in the side panel. You may need to scroll down to find this.
    System Settings app on Mac with Accessibility option highlighted

  3. Step

    Choose Display

    Underneath the Vision subheading, you’ll find the Display option. Click here.System Settings app on Mac with Accessibility page open and Display option highlighted

  4. Step

    Select Text Size

    Underneath Text you’ll see an option for Text Size, although you may need to scroll to find this. Display option on Apple's Accessibility settings with Text Size highlighted

  5. Step

    Adjust the slider accordingly

    To make the text larger, press and hold on the slider and drag it towards the right. Alternatively, you can simply press on the different notches of the scale. 

    Be sure to test out a few different options, as you’ll see a preview of each size (as shown here). Your preferences won’t be saved until the next step.
    Text Size adjuster on Apple System Settings highlighted, with arrow pointing to enlarge text

  6. Step

    Select Done

    Once you’re happy with your new text size, select Done. This will save your preferences and set this text size across all compatible apps.Text Size page on Apple System Settings with Done highlighted


Can I adjust the text size on specific apps?

You can adjust the text size for specific apps. Follow the above steps 1 through 4 and you’ll see underneath the slider there’s a list of apps. Next to each app, there’s an option to either keep the preferred size (which is the size you’ve set above) or customise each one, as shown here.Adjusting text sizes across individual apps on Apple System Settings app

How do I increase the text size on macOS Ventura or earlier?

The steps are slightly different if you’re on an older version of macOS. Before we start, it’s worth mentioning that if your MacBook is still supported by Apple then we’d recommend updating to the latest macOS Sonoma, as this will include important security updates. 

Otherwise, to increase the text size on an older macOS you’ll need to use your keyboard. Open up the app and hold down the Command and plus keys simultaneously. If you make the text too big then don’t worry, just hold down the Command and minus keys to decrease the size. 

This only works in apps such as Mail, Messages, News and Safari.

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