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I have a wide screen laptop, and I've noticed that when I'm viewing websites, the website font is really small and I end up just having two white strips on either side of my page.

I have to essential press Ctrl +, which will enlarge the page to take advantage of the white space and make the font bigger.

However, I seem to have to do it on every page. Is there some sort of way I can just have it as default.

I use Chrome and Firefox

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On Windows

In Chrome go to Options > Under the Bonnet/Hood > Change font and language settings

Under the bonnet

and pick the new font size you want for each font type. The Change... button brings up the standards Windows font chooser dialog.

Pick a font

In Firefox go to Tools > Options > Content

Here you can set the size of the font independently of the font face (1):

Content Options

Selecting Advanced... (2) brings up a similar dialog to Chrome's but again you can set the size independently:

Any font

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I've just double checked IE for completeness and found that while you can change the font face you can't change the font size. – ChrisF Oct 2 '10 at 23:52

For Firefox you should get NoSquint. It's a remarkable add-on! It lets you:

  • Override the default text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels for all websites

  • Enforce your own foreground and background colors

  • Remember your zoom levels and color settings per site, automatically applying them when you return.

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The AutoZoom extension for Google Chrome can do this for you.

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On the version of Firefox (3.6.10) I have on my Linux box at work, I can set the default font size via Edit -> Preferences -> Content. Then click the up and down on the Size field to set the font to the size you want.

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