Accessibility Change Text Size in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to increase or decrease text size across the system for your account in Windows 11.

You can change the text size that appears throughout Windows and your apps without having to change the overall DPI scaling level of your system.

Reference:


Changes to the text size are saved to the registry keys and values below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Accessibility
TextScaleFactor

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
UserPreferencesMask

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
AppliedDPI
BorderWidth
CaptionFont
CaptionHeight
CaptionWidth
IconFont
IconSpacing
IconVerticalSpacing
MenuFont
MenuHeight
MenuWidth
MessageFont
PaddedBorderWidth
ScrollHeight
ScrollWidth
Shell Icon Size
SmCaptionFont
SmCaptionHeight
SmCaptionWidth
StatusFont




Here's How

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Text size on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Adjust the Text size slider to the percentage you want, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

The default text size is 100%.

The text size in the Text size preview box will change as you adjust the slider to see a preview of the text size before you apply it.


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4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Have you noticed that Universal apps text is far larger than desktop apps when using the MTB slider? In order to get Universal apps more in line with desktop apps is too reduce the TextScaleFactor at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Accessibility. This key seems to affect Universal Apps only while desktop apps use the values in WindowMetrics.
 

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Which text does this adjustment change e.g. menus, title bar, icons etc? How does this setting interact with font settings in other utilities such as WinAero Tweaker, System Font Changer and the reg files at Tenforums e.g. Option 2 at Change Icons Text Size in Windows 10? Do those reg filess for various text sizes work in Windows 11? If so, I suggest you publish them on this forum too.
 

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Which text does this adjustment change e.g. menus, title bar, icons etc? How does this setting interact with font settings in other utilities such as WinAero Tweaker, System Font Changer and the reg files at Tenforums e.g. Option 2 at Change Icons Text Size in Windows 10? Do those reg filess for various text sizes work in Windows 11? If so, I suggest you publish them on this forum too.

Hello Steve, :alien:

The W10 REG files only affect the IconFont value in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics key. It will not affect everything like W11 below.

The W11 setting affects all the values at the top of the tutorial instead. The text size should be applied system wide, but there could be some 3rd party apps that may use their own settings instead.
 

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I use ASFC but, you gotta leave the Menu font at default or it'll blow Office apps all out of proportion!

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Do those reg filess for various text sizes work in Windows 11? If so, I suggest you publish them on this forum too.
I have every one of all those reg files saved for reference and find them very useful indeed.

Fwiw I make notes when clean installing and these are my current settings:

Windows 11 22H2 Metrics For Dell Precision 7760.

Currently using:

125% for Scaling. Set from dropdown. Scale affects File Explorer, Edge and the Taskbar.
100% for Text Size. Default setting.

Windows 11 Font Sizes.

Notes.
Icons Size. This will affect the text font size for icons in Address bars, Desktop, File Explorer. Icons will resize according to overall DPI setting.
Title Bars. These are the headers at the top of the page or program that is open.
Menus. These are top line view in programs such as File/Edit/View etc.

Icons 12 Bold
Title Bars 11 Bold
Message Boxes 9 Bold (currently not applied)
Menus 11 Bold

Notepad Text and Font can be set separately Using font size 10.

Registry Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

It all gives a look that I like.

Fonts Sizes.jpg


Being able to make the top line of a program appear in bold is visually appealing to me as well. All this used to be able to be done from the settings in W8.1 and removing all this stuff was a real step back imo.

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