HowTo: Adjust Facebook Font Size


Facebook Small Font

Earlier this week, Facebook rolled out several updates including the Mobile Initiative with updates on its Facebook iPhone/Android apps. However, the most noticeable update and the one that got a lot reaction/complaints is the Facebook font size. A lot of Facebook users are complaining about the smaller font size because it’s causing them to squint and strain their eyes just to be able to read stuff on Facebook.

I didn’t notice the new font size because I use the Facebook for iPhone app most of the time. I found out about it because of several status updates posted by my friends. It’s not certain whether the font size will be reverted to the original size but according to Facebook, the smaller font size is just an experiment on making the site more efficient for users.

Because of the amount of complaints and frustration I’ve seen from many Facebook users, I’ve decided to write this short and simple tutorial to help them with the Facebook font size issue. This tutorial will enable users to adjust Facebook’s font size to make it bigger and more readable (this is applicable to any website). This procedure doesn’t require any changes done to your Facebook profile settings but utilizes a built-in “universal” shortcut command for all web browsers.

It doesn’t matter what web browser you’re using – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc. because the procedure is the same. All you need to do is login to Facebook and once you get to your profile, just press and hold CTRL then press the + (plus) key and that would automagically resize the font on your browser, making it bigger and easier to read.

Here’s a sample I made while viewing my Facebook profile:

BEFORE

Facebook Small Font

AFTER

Facebook Small Font

If you compare the BEFORE and AFTER screenshots, you can see that the font is a little bit bigger after performing the procedure and is now easier to read.

Usually, doing the procedure once is enough to make the font size readable for most people, but in case it’s still too small for you to read, you can make the font size larger but repeating the process. In case you want to revert and/or make the font size smaller, instead of the + (plus key), press the - (minus) key. So press and hold CTRL and then press - (minus).

Btw, some users may not experience any issues with Facebook’s new font size due to web browser settings. Also, if you’re logged in to Facebook on the iPhone or Android app then you also won’t be affected by this update. It’s still uncertain whether Facebook will revert back to the original font size or provide font size options, so for now this tutorial can be used as a temporary solution while the new smaller font size is still in effect. I hope this short and simple tutorial will be useful for those having problems with the Facebook font size. Please don’t forget to share this with your friends on Facebook.

Anyone having problems reading stuff with the new Facebook font size? Do you prefer or hate the smaller font size? Please share your thoughts.

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22 Comments

  1. Sally

    October 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. Dale

    December 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Can’t believe how easy that was, and that I never knew that before, Thanks!

  3. Susie White

    November 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Thank you! My fonts on every website became too smal to comfortably read. I am so glad that you made it clear that this process would work on all web sites.

    Problem solved :)

  4. Kyle

    September 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I was looking for a font increase for the Facebook Android app

  5. Lisa B

    September 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    thank you!!!

  6. Karrie

    September 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Ty very much!!! :)

  7. TRACEY

    August 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Hey, what a God send….if just kept getting smaller & smaller..Holy Cow !!!!
    THANKS
    TRACEY WILLIS BROOKS

  8. Bridget

    August 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Thank you so much!! I was going crazy when the font all of a sudden turned tiny. I have spent days trying to figure out how to get it back to a readable size.

  9. gina

    August 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Thank you so much, I really thought I was accidentally hitting something that made this happen or my eye glass prescription changed suddenly!!!

  10. Julie Schmit-Albin

    July 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Thank you so much! I was googling about the font size on FB and stumbled across your post. I have re-posted on FB and Twitter. Good grief, FB is not user friendly for baby boomers. I thought it was me but it was FB messing around again.

  11. Gurman

    July 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    thnkuh..it ws a lot of help…

  12. Sandy

    July 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Thanks. My font was too big on facebook and it was driving me crazy.
    Sandy

  13. mario

    June 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    thanks! it worked

  14. Alonica

    June 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Thanks! :D

  15. akshita

    May 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    thanx a lot i was confused wat 2 do but opening ur page helped me a ton, i thought it was smthing wrong with my browser but other sites were going well, thanx a lot

  16. gf

    May 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Thank you, that helped!

  17. Angie

    April 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    THANK U!!!!! U r a life saver!!!!XOXO!!!!

  18. LuAnn

    December 25, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Thank you so much! It never occurred to me that the keyboard shortcuts I use in FireFox would work in IE. Duh. Now I won’t have to strain my eyes when working on a system where IE is the only browser.

  19. Darlene

    December 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Thank you for this site to help change the font size on my facebook page. I can finally see it again. Very helpful and easy to use!!!!

    Happy Holidays!!!

  20. Keith

    November 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Thank you very much. The new font size was very annoying. I also thought it was a problem with Google Chrome until I logged in with Internet Explorer and it was the same again.

    Why can’t Facebook stop messing about? :-)

  21. JP Habaradas

    November 6, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    @Jhay – Haha..that’s true. Many users thought the problem was with their computer or something was wrong with their eyesight.

    Yep, this is a simple trick that many users aren’t aware of.

  22. Jhay

    November 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    When Facebook rolled out the new tweaks, I thought there was something wrong with my browser or my connection. The smaller font faces are really annoying but yeah, a little Crtl plus +/- does provide a quick fix.

    Facebook is simply getting dumber and dumber, me thinks.

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