6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2009 7:10 AM by floppy_disk
jiliwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm looking for a way to increase size of the default font of MacOSX.
I have tried to decrease resolution, that increase character size but all is fuzy.
I have tried the zoom featured but it is the same problem.
For some application, like Safari 4.0, this feature exists. I need the same for the finder, the menu bar, the default of other application...
In MS Windows, I simply changed the dpi of the screen.

How can I do to increase font size without a fuzy screen ?

Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    jiliwi wrote:
    I'm looking for a way to increase size of the default font of MacOSX.
    I have tried to decrease resolution, that increase character size but all is fuzy.
    I have tried the zoom featured but it is the same problem.
    For some application, like Safari 4.0, this feature exists. I need the same for the finder, the menu bar, the default of other application...
    In MS Windows, I simply changed the dpi of the screen.

    How can I do to increase font size without a fuzy screen ?

    the general answer is: you can't. it will be possible once resolution independence is fully supported. it exists in leopard but is so extremely buggy that I don't even want to explain how to use it. it might be better implemented in snow leopard once it comes out. in the meantime you can use TinkerTool to change SOME fonts.
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,300 points)
    Hey there,
    I would take a look at [TinkerTool|http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html] for helping you accomplish this. Should be what you are looking for.

    Hope it helps.

    B-rock
  • jiliwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm a professional IT. I try at my own risk "User interface resolution" via Quartz Debugger.
    It's exactelly what I'm looking for. This version is extremly bugged but it responds to my main problem. Now I set to 108 dpi, I launch my critical application and then go back to 72 dpi. There are artifact but now, I'm able to read.
    I hope that this feature will be complete as soon as possible.
  • jiliwi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Unfortunaly, TinkerTool don't change anything for my case. Anyway, thanks for response.
  • jamesarm97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The dpi trick kind of works. I sure wish there was just a setting for increasing the menu bar font size for accessibility. It is a same to go to a resolution like 1280x800 just to get a larger font for those that have a hard time seeing. It also does not help that everything becomes fuzzy.
  • floppy_disk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you want to increase the size of the menu bar font, you may want to try this. It should work on Leopard.

    You will need to launch Terminal (its located in Applications -> Utilities).

    Enter the following command.

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.5

    Then try launching some applications. You should see the menu bar size change as well as the application.

    The last number "1.5" in the command means 150%. If you want to reset back to normal, use:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1.0

    Depending on your screen size and preference, you may want to play around with the number.

    Enjoy!