How to Change Text Size or Colors

This LionsBase Web site is designed to let you change the text size, text and background colors, and other display settings through standard browser settings.

This page shows you how to use some of these browser display settings.

Why doesn't this work with some other Web sites?

The browser settings on this page should work when browsers and Web sites meet WAI guidelines and are designed for accessibility, flexibility, and user control. However, some browsers do not provide as much user control, and some Web sites are designed to defeat browser settings. Text resizing does not work well in browsers and Web sites that do not meet accessibility guidelines.

  • In Internet Explorer Version 6 and earlier, the text may not resize because the Web site is designed with "hard-coded" or "absolute" text sizes. To override Web site setting:

    1. Menu items: Tools > Internet Options
    2. In Internet Options dialog box: Accessibility button (bottom right)
    3. In Accessibility dialog box:
      [/] Ignore colors specified on Web pages
      [/] Ignore font styles specified on Web pages
      [/] Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages

  • In Firefox early versions, the text should resize even if the Web site text is not "coded" for flexibility. However the sections of the Web site may not resize, making it difficult to use the site with large text. This is because the Web site was designed with "hard-coded" or "absolute" sizes. Firefox does not resize images.
  • Opera resizes all aspects of a Web site, including font, images, and sections. Resizing should work fairly well in Opera, even if the Web site is not "coded" for flexibility.

To Change Text Size

Most Web browsers include functionality to let you increase or decrease the text in a Web page. For example, to increase text size:

Internet Explorer

Menu Items: View > Text Size > Largest

Firefox, Netscape

Menu Items: View > Text Size > Increase

Macintosh Shortcut: Command+

Windows Shortcut: Ctrl++


Menu Items: View > Zoom > %

Macintosh Shortcut: Command+

Windows Shortcut: + or 0


Menu Items: View > Make Text Bigger

Macintosh Shortcut: Command+

For a Plain Layout View

Turning off the style sheet gives a plain layout view, which:

  • makes text black on a white background (or however your browser is set)
  • puts all the information in one column (called "linearized")
  • leaves content images
  • removes background images


Menu Items: View > Page Style > No Style


Menu Items: View > Style > User Mode

Other Text and Color Changes

Many browsers provide functionality to set different aspects of font and color. Below are examples of how to access this functionality.


Windows Menu Items: Tools > Options

Macintosh Menu Items: Firefox > Preferences

In Dialog Box: General (in the left pane), Fonts & Colors (button)


Windows Menu Items: Tools > Options

Macintosh Menu Items: Opera > Preferences

In Dialog Box: Fonts and Page Style (in the left pane)