Bay Mac’s Help Desk

With Steve Paris

Q: Some websites’ texts are too small, others too big. It can be really infuriating sometimes as you go from page to page. I know Command-+ and Command– make the words bigger and smaller, but why can’t this be standardised across the board?

A: Sadly this isn’t really something that’s easily fixed as it’s up to each web designer to choose what’s the default size of the text contained on the website they create. You’re right that you can increase and decrease the size of the font, but there’s also a convenient option if you go to specific sites frequently.

Please note that this tip only works on Apple’s Safari web browser.

Load up a page and increase or decrease the size of the text to your liking. Next, hold down the Ctrl key and click on address field. This will bring up a menu. Choose ‘Settings for this Website’.

Including Page Zoom, you’ll gain access to many different preferences. Set them however you prefer, even blocking that site from accessing your camera, microphone or location.

Once you’re happy with your settings, click anywhere out-side of that menu. Safari will now always remember these options when you visit that site. Granted it can be tedious to do this for every site you have an issue with, but once it’s done, it’s done, and you can enjoy your browsing experience with less frustration 🙂

Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and trouble-shooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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