Windows 8 tip: Boost those too-tiny font sizes on your desktopI’ve already written about the handy Windows magnifier, which lets you zoom in on any itty-bitty thing on your PC’s display. But what if the title bars, icon labels, and other tiny bits of desktop text are constantly making you squint?

Yep, there’s a tool for that.

Windows 8 text size settings

Just pick a desktop item and select a new font size; you can also check the “Bold” box to make text stand out that much more.

First stop: the Display settings in the Windows Control Panel.

  • Open the Control Panel (just type “Control Panel” from the Windows 8 Start screen), click Appearance and Personalization (make sure “View by” in the top corner of the Control Panel window is set to “Category”), then click “Make text and other items larger or smaller.”
  • You now have a couple of choices. First, you can use the “Change the size of all items” slider to make everything on your desktop a bit bigger. Just slide the lever toward “Larger,” click the Apply button, then restart your PC to make the changes take effect.
  • Now, want a little more control over what gets bigger on your Windows desktop? Go ahead and tinker with the pull-down menus under the “Change only the text size” heading. From here, you can pick and choose which desktop text elements to boost, from the title bars above menus to the tiny text labels under your desktop icons. Just pick an item and select a new font size; you can also check the “Bold” box to make text stand out that much more.
  • All set? Click the Apply button to see the results.

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