I’m up and running on the new Windows 10 and I like it! The only thing that’s bugging me is that the text under my icons is too small on the Desktop. How do I change the system font text size on Win10?
We’ve been running Microsoft Windows 10 for a while now and it’s definitely evolved to the point where the new official release really is a big step forward, a big improvement over both the earlier pre-Windows 8 systems and Windows 8 itself. Finally we can say adios to the start screen, to the full-screen “Metro” apps and welcome back the good old start menu. Nice.
If you’ve used the previous systems, however, you’re now faced with two different ways of doing things because the advanced search system that showed up in Win8 has definitely made it into the brave new world of Win10, but, of course, with the resurrection of the start menu, there’s the old-school way of doing things too.
Let’s look at both!
First off, a click on the Start Menu icon on the lower left pops up the oh-so-colorful new menu:
Notice where the (big!) arrow is pointing. Settings. That’s the new “Control Panels”.
Click or tap on it and you’ll see one of my favorite updates to the Windows OS:
Yes, finally. Finally! Microsoft has updated the Settings view.
To change the size of the display font text on your Desktop for icons and in programs, you want to modify your “System” settings, so click or tap on the System icon.
That’s the main place to make the adjustment you seek: the slider. You can see I have already tweaked my own settings to have all system text show at 125%. On a big, high resolution display, bumping it up a bit from 100% can be easier on the eyes, no question.
Not sure what setting you’ll prefer, but you can slide it to different values then click on “Apply” and see if you like the new size. You do? Restart so the system change is effective throughout the OS (it’ll prompt you to do that). If you don’t like it — things CAN get a bit big!! — then try a different setting and “Apply” that one, until you get just the right size.
But let’s say you were curious about the search system. You could ask Cortana or simply use the search box on the Taskbar directly. Try change text size:
There are a lot of possibilities shown, including the curious “change text size on ipad”, which suggests that Windows 10 can run on an iPad. That’s not true, as far as I know!
Most importantly, note the green match shown at the top. That’s from the Windows 10 help system and it seems like a good place to start, doesn’t it? Click or tap on it.
Well, there ya go. Lots of information with helpful active links. In fact, click on “use these display settings” and you’ll find yourself back at the Control Panel with the slider. Oh, um, the “Settings window” with the slider.