2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2006 10:46 AM by mrtotes
Dave Chameides1 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
A friend of mine has a wide screen imac and was only using the middle of the screen. I figured out how to make the whole screen usuable, but she now wants the default font size to be bigger so things aren't as small on the screen. I'm sure this is easy but I can't seem to figure out how to do it.


Dual 1.25 g4 (with FW800 Card), Mac OS X (10.4.3), 3 LAcie 500g Hardrives
  • Doc. Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    For the Finder, go to view-> show view option, then set your font size.
  • mrtotes Level 6 Level 6 (11,815 points)
    OS X is very un-customizable in this respect. The text size option only affects the icon text not menus etc.


    There are three main ways you can improve the situation:
    ➊ There are several widescreen resolutions available. Not quite sure what they are on the 17" iMac G4 but on the 20" iMac G4 there is:

    • 1680 x 1080 (native)
    • 1344 x 840
    • 1280 x 800
    • 1024 x 768 (stretched).

    There are also several smaller ones.


    • 1440 x 900 (native) for the 17" iMac - try a lower one.

    I would suggest this is the easiest way to ease the strain on eyes of small text.


    ➋ You can use a third party utility like ShapeShifter. There are many many themes available to customize other aspects of the OS too.


    ➌ Use the Univeral Access Zoom function. This can be found on UA pane of System Preferences and allows the screen to be magnified. <apple><option/alt> and <+> or < - > to zoom in and out.