Changing default fonts used in your browser

On this page: Instructions for changing the default fonts in some common browsers.

If anyone would like to send me instructions for iCab or any other browser, I'd be very pleased to add them.

browser to change the basic size and the face
Netscape Navigator 6, 7 Use the View - Text Size menu to change size.

Use the Edit - Preferences menu and select the Fonts item in the Appearance tree. Then you can select a face for serif, sans-serif text etc.

Mozilla Use the View - Text Zoom menu to change size.

Use the Edit - Preferences menu and select the Fonts item in the Appearance tree. Then you can select a face for serif, sans-serif text etc.

Mozilla Firebird Use the View - Increase Text size or View - Decrease Text Size menus to change size (keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl/+ and Ctrl/- respectively)
Opera 7 Use the File - Preferences menu and select the Fonts item in the tree at the left. Select each element you want to change in turn (Normal is the base, so change that first). By using the Choose button to the right, you can specify a font size and face. Then use the button at the bottom of the window to toggle between document and user settings, to see the changes.

Note that Opera (in all versions) is currently the most configurable browser in common use. One of its features you may find useful is the zoom control, which is a drop-down list at the bottom of the window where you can zoom in or out of the whole page, including images.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, 5.5 and 6 Use the View - Text Size menu and select a different font size from the list.

Use the Tools - Internet Options - General tab, and select the Fonts button. Here you can select a face for the proportional (i.e. body) text, and also one for fixed-width displays if required.

Safari Use the Safari - Preferences menu (or Command/comma in the application), and select the Appearances tab. Here you can select standard (proportional) and fixed-width default fonts.

(With thanks to Bob McDonald of Akatombo Media.)

Konqueror Use the Settings - Configure Konqueror menu, and select the Fonts section in the left pane. Here you can select default text sizes and fonts.

There are also text zoom buttons on the toolbar and you can use Ctrl/+ and Ctrl/- keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out, respectively. (With thanks to Ostrich for this, Tom Jenkins for this and UNIX Lynx instructions.)

Lynx In Windows NT, you need to click the top left corner of the DOS window in which Lynx is running, and select the Properties window menu. In the Font tab, you can select from a limited number of raster fonts and change the size used. When you close the window, choose the option to modify the shortcut so the changes are remembered. For UNIX versions of Lynx, use the settings for the terminal you are using; e.g., for konsole, Settings - Font and gnome, View - Zoom in/out.
Opera 4 and 5 Use the File - Preferences menu and select the Documents item in the tree at the left. Select each element you want to change in turn, from the User fonts and colours list (Normal is the base, so change that first). By using the ... button to the right, you can specify a font size and face. Then use the button at the bottom of the window to toggle between document and user settings, to see the changes.
Netscape Navigator 4.n Use the View - Increase Font or View - Decrease Font menus to change size (keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl/] and Ctrl/[ respectively).

Use the Edit - Preferences menu and select the Fonts item in the Appearance tree. Then you can select a face for the proportional (i.e. body) text, and also one for fixed-width displays if required.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 Use the View - Fonts menu and select a different font size from the top half of the list.

Use the View - Internet Options - General tab, and select the Fonts button. Here you can select a face for the proportional (i.e. body) text, and also one for fixed-width displays if required.

Opera 3.6 Use the Preferences - Document Appearance menu and select each element you want to change in turn. By using the ... button to the right, you can specify a font size and face. Then use the button at the bottom of the window to toggle between document and user settings, to see the changes.
Netscape Navigator 3 Use the Options - General Preferences - Fonts tab. Use the Choose Font buttons to set both size and face for the proportional, (i.e. body) and, if required, fixed-width fonts
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 Use the View - Fonts menu and select a different size from the list.

Use the View - Options - General tab, and select the Font Settings button. Here you can select a face for the proportional (i.e. body) text, and also one for fixed-width displays if required.

Mosaic Use the View - Options - Fonts tab. Here you can use the Enlarge All or Reduce All buttons to change the size wholesale, or select a style from the list, and set both the size and face for each individually.