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Text Size Toolbar

May 11th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointFirefox no pointFirefox no pointLink

The Text Size Toolbar extension is a great utility for people reading web pages who have problems with authors of site creating tiny, tiny fonts for their articles. Oh, they are out there. Trust me.

I would recommend users who don't know of the Firefox trick to resize text to download this extension. If you are considered the hacker hotshot of family, you can install this extension on your families PC and tell them you just activated a feature in Firefox. :-)

When you install the Text Size Toolbar extension, you'll notice that it's nowhere to be found. This type of extension is a toolbar component, so you need to right-click on the toolbar and click Customize. For this extension, it's represented as three icons: an A+, an A-, and an A=. Click-and-drag this icon set to a toolbar location of your choice and you should be ready to go.

  • A+ makes the font larger.
  • A- makes the font smaller.
  • A= returns the font to the original size when you first visited the web page.

This type of extension/feature would've been great to attach to a Firefox release with the icons, but the Mozilla Foundation already added this hidden feature to Firefox.

The extension provides an easy way to increase and decrease the font on a web site and it's a great utility for web designers.

As a plug, the author of this extension has created various other extensions for use within Firefox.