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    How to increase Font Size
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Hold down the Ctrl key and the plus sign key at the same time. Do this as many times as you need until you get to a font size that works for you.

    To reduce the font size, hold down the Ctrl key (lower left on your keyboard) and the plus sign at the same time.
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    annette030 responded:
    No, to reduce the font size, you push the ctrl key and the minus sign at the same time. I figured this one out on my own. Not good. The old way was much easier.

    Take care, Annette
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to annette030's response:
    Oh, for heaven's sake, I can't believe I put plus sign there. Sheesh. Thanks Annette!

    My excuse: it was towards the end of a very very VERY long day/week/night.

    I agree, the old way was better but this is the workaround for now. (And one I'm using because my vision is not the best.)
    annette030 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Why do they insist on throwing out the baby with the bath water?

    Why change things that work? They took months to do the new soft ware, this is a medical site for goodness' sakes, there are going to be people visiting here who do not see pale gray, tiny print that well. Why aren't the posts done in dark black like some of the print in the side bars? See "Have a question about the WebMD Health Exchange? We have answers". That is done is crisp, black letters.

    This is why I hate the WebMD changes, they are seldom for the better. I do "change" in all other areas of my life and have for 40-50 years without any problems. I am sure WebMD thinks I am just one of those people who complains about all change in life.

    Not true.

    Take care, Annette

    PS, now the little box for me to check to have me notified of any responses by email is gone?
    babybelle4 responded:
    Wow, Caprice.... I didn't know this little trick to increase font size. Thanks so much as I am now having a good bit of eye trouble, and really need the larger size print at times. Also, it seems that this old dog CAN learn new tricks!

    Thanks again,

    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to babybelle4's response:
    You're very welcome, Mary!

    I use it ALLLLLLLLLLLLL the time because I have vision issues as well.
    Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you'll help them to become what they are capable of becoming. ~Goethe
    TDXSP08 responded:
    And if using a Mac it is still the "-" " " but use the Command Key.
    FiOSLarry responded:
    Or, hold down the control key and use the scroll wheel on your mouse. This also works on the desktop to change the size of the icons.
    rockymtn7 responded:
    where is the sign key, i'm an a idiot
    rockymtn7 replied to annette030's response:
    thank you
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to rockymtn7's response:
    Hi Rockymtn,

    The plus sign key is usually over to the far right of your keypad if there's a numbers area over there.
    We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
    ~Joseph Campbell

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