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Firefox has a "Zoom Text Only" setting, if the width of a webpage is just right, but the text is too small. IIRC, this used to be normal in web browsers... not anymore.

Is it possible to do this in Chrome?

I am aware of the Font Size Increase extension, but it's not customizable, and the reviews are bad.

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I think this is a good question. It is about function and accessibility, not a product/extension recommendation. +1 – iglvzx Jul 12 '12 at 4:38
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There’s an extension for chrome called Zoom Text Only which changes the size of only text, and preserves image sizes and webpage layout.

It adds the following hotkeys to zoom (only text):

Increase font size: Alt + -
Decrease font size: Alt + =
Reset    font size: Alt + 0

It leaves all of Chrome’s regular zooming functionality alone, so the following hotkeys still work as before:

Zoom out  : Ctrl + - / Ctrl Mouse-Wheel Up
Zoom in   : Ctrl + = / Ctrl Mouse-Wheel Down
Reset zoom: Ctrl + 0

It changes all the fonts on a page without changing the website’s spacing, as seen below.

As a plus for anyone who might be interested, there’s even a link to the source-code on GitHub from the extension’s Chrome Web Store page.


Before zooming with the Zoom Text Only extension


After zooming with the Zoom Text Only extension

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This works for me! I thought I'd never have an answer to that one. Thanks! – niteshade Dec 19 '13 at 2:58
My eyes suck so I need to view fonts large when I'm doing a lot of reading in the browser, but as a web dev I also need to be able to switch back quickly to see the page in it's default format. Thanks for making my life better. – vlasits Jul 31 '14 at 13:18

Totally ripped off from here:

How to set the font size for all webpages
You can adjust the size of text on webpages.

  • Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Show advanced settings.
  • In the "Web Content" section, use the "Font size" drop-down menu to make adjustments.

Some websites prevent the browser from changing just text size. For those sites, Chrome won’t be able to adjust the font size.

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I'm not looking to change the default setting for font size browser-wide. Instead, in older browsers, pressing Cmd + actually made the font size larger... I'd like to replicate this in Chrome. This is great for laptop monitors. – niteshade Jul 12 '12 at 5:49

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