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dmorri35 Calculating status...
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Dec 28, 2009 8:14 AM
Hello:

I bought an iMac with a 27" screen. Great computer! However, the font size in iCal is very small - small enough that I find it difficult to read - and I cannot figure out a way to enlarge it. (Ditto for Address Book). Is there a way to enlarge the font?

Thanks.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Ken Stone Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 11:02 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    In Address Book preferences you can adjust the font size. For iCal you need to get glasses. :->
    Intel iMac, MB Air, iPod Touch, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7 (23,225 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 11:42 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    dmorri35,

    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    The only adjustment that iCal allows for increasing the font size is to use the Universal Access Preference selection. Open System Preferences>Universal Access>Seeing>Zoom (On)>Options...> (✓) Use scroll wheel with modifier keys to zoom. I chose the "control" key. That shortcut will also work for any other screen presentation.

    ;~)

    IMac 24"/2.4GHZ/320GB/SD/AP/BT; iMac G4 17 80 GB 1.25GHZ, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 20GB iPod Color, iPod shuffle, iPhone
  • eng_jaypatrick Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2010 9:56 AM (in response to Ferd II)
    Ferd II,

    That is "a solution" - but not an ideal one. I don't want to have to manually zoom in each time I want to see the schedule.

    The font size in iCal is way too small. Ideally, there should be font controls added (color is an issue as well).

    Apple?
    MacBook Pro, Digi 002, ProTools LE 8.0.3
  • Shubes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 22, 2010 11:44 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    I wish I were replying with a solution; unfortunately, I'm just replying to echo what appears to be a common complaint: the teeny font size in iCal, especially as seen on a 27" display.

    Telling someone they need to change the universal font size so they can view a bigger font in iCal is hardly a viable solution. That's basically the equivalent of telling someone to buy a desk simply because their scroll wheel response isn't adjusted correctly.

    I don't need a "bigger desktop"; I just need a way to increase the font size in one application.

    Apple, are you listening?
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6), 27" display
  • Scott Rose Level 3 Level 3 (895 points)
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    Feb 24, 2010 7:37 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    I'm a broken record today, and I DO NOT WORK FOR BUSYMAC. However, BusyCal solves this problem by letting you specify any font and any font size for your entire calendar. And you can override that font on an appointment-by-appointment basis. It's amazing. BusyCal syncs with iCal, too, so you will lose no events and lose no iPhone/MobileMe syncing ability. I'm just chuckling because 75% of all the posts I've read today on this forum are solved by BusyCal. Apple will never fix most of these problems, because Apple doesn't see these things as problems! Users like myself DO see these things as problems, though, which is why I have left iCal for other alternatives like BusyCal.
    17" 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Marcphone Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2010 6:03 PM (in response to dmorri35)
    welcome to the unhappy apple users forum - "appelistas" still avoid the reality that almost all basic functions for everyday computer use - address books, email, calendars, word processing, spreadsheets etc are ALL SUPERIOR IN WINDOWS - Apple has great marketing not great software- END OF STORY - BUYER BEWARE.
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Scott Rose Level 3 Level 3 (895 points)
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    Feb 25, 2010 8:51 AM (in response to Marcphone)
    Uh, no, sorry. There is NOTHING superior about the Windows experience.
    17" 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • dawmster Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2010 1:03 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    I did a small trick, from the "so called solution" category.

    Change the resolution to 1920x1080.
    The fonts is bigger without much of a visual difference.

    Come on APPLE - EVEN ******* WINDOWS has setting to increase font size...
    Just DO IT - we NEED it.
    iMac 27" i7, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iMac and MacBook
  • wiget1 Calculating status...
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    Apr 28, 2010 7:51 PM (in response to dawmster)
    We finally upgraded Exchange to 2007.
    I'm thinking finally I can use Mail and move totally away from my PC.
    Love Mail. And then I open iCal. Wonderful app but if I can't see it I can't use it.
    I can't believe a company that prides itself on the user experience can "Miss" something so simple.
    Older people require larger fonts!
    Changing resolution is a poor excuse for a solution.
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • pferdy Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2010 4:04 AM (in response to wiget1)
    Font size change throughout should be an Apple objective. Too many applications have fonts only suitable for teenage eyes. Windows has a system wide setting for increasing the pixels per character. The Accessibility options are not good enough. I also want to change to higher contrast colour schemes (themes, skins).

    Please do it for next OS release.
    lots
  • tecmuse Calculating status...
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    May 14, 2010 8:55 AM (in response to pferdy)
    Please add my voice to the request for control over font size in iCal, Address Book and Mail. My new MBP HiRes screen is nearly unreadable in iCal and will not zoom with the trackpad gestures. Ditto for Address Book and Mail. In mail, if I set the font size so that I can read my messages easily without buying new glasses, it also sends messages in the huge font. Add this to the annoyance that I had to close the preview window because Mail would mark my messages as read as I scrolled through the list (another forum topic). Apple, listen to your users - post an update to all three programs, please.
    MBP HiRes, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • andreselizalde Calculating status...
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    May 28, 2010 7:54 PM (in response to dmorri35)
    WOW!!!. Just bought a MacPro and can't read the Ical font size on the calendar!!. Apple give me a break. Is there anybody at Apple over 30??. For us simple folks over 40 it is difficult if not impossible to read it. Will IWorks 2010 come with a feature to enlarge fonts on Ical. If not this Apple goes out the window!!!
    MacPro latest, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Craig Gronowski Calculating status...
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    May 30, 2010 9:33 PM (in response to dmorri35)
    Yeah, it's ridiculously small. Was hoping to find an answer here, and instead I guess I'm signing an online petition? Hopefully?
    iMac Core i7, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Guy Gur Ari Calculating status...
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    Jun 5, 2010 8:44 AM (in response to dmorri35)
    Add me to the "me too" list. iCal font is too small for me.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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