# Old Eyes Need Larger Font

How can I permanently change the font size that is used for input. I would love to have a 12 or 14 point font available.

• See also this question – Chris K Aug 8 '16 at 15:34
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## 4 Answers

Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Open Option Inspector

In Formatting Options, find Font Options entry. There you will find FontSize which is set to 12 by default. You can change it to any other number.

• This does work with version 8.0.4 but with versions 10.4.1 and 11.0.0 changing of FontSize has no effect. – Alexey Popkov Aug 15 '16 at 0:12
• This is not ideal, you would want to address FontSize from a notebook's/your default stylesheet to account for all the specific styles. – user6014 Aug 15 '16 at 15:54

To set the default magnification for a notebook:

Preferences -> Advanced -> Notebook Options -> Display Options -> Magnification

then double click slowly on the "value" until it highlights blue and then you can type a default value corresponding to 100%

The font on my computer was originally set for fighter pilots or eagles:)

A purely programmatic way to change the default magnification for the Notebooks:

SetOptions[$FrontEnd, Magnification -> 1.5]  or equivalently CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, Magnification] = 1.5;


In version 11 the default font used by the FrontEnd is changed. If you prefer "Courier New" as it was in the previous versions, you can use new-in-version 11 undocumented StyleHints option:

SetOptions[$FrontEnd, StyleHints -> {"CodeFont" -> "Courier"}]  or equivalently CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {StyleHints, "CodeFont"}] = "Courier";

• As noted here, Consolas is the default only for Windows systems. – J. M. is away Aug 15 '16 at 3:33
• @J.M. Thanks, I have changed the answer accordingly. – Alexey Popkov Aug 15 '16 at 3:51

Preferences > Advanced > Open Option Inspector > Notebook Options > Display Options > Magnification

• Works great. Just what I needed – Sol Guber Aug 15 '16 at 23:25