How to change font size in Finder on Mac (Easiest way)

How to change font size in finder on Mac

Mac users tend to change the font size of file names, folders, and other text in Finder. Users who have weak eyesight can benefit as some default text size of Finder fonts is very small and difficult to read. Therefore, adjusting the font size is the only solution. Let’s see how you can change the Finder font size on Mac.

Note: The default text size of Finder items is 12, which can be decreased to 10, and increased maximum up to 16.

How to adjust or increase text size of Finder fonts in macOS

  1. Choose any folder that contains files.
  2. Go to the View menu and click on Show View Options.

    How to increase text size of Finder fonts in macOS
  3. Find the Text Size drop-down menu.
  4. Select the text size you want to keep and then click on Use as Default button seen under the same navigation panel.

    Select font size and se as default on Mac finder

This will adjust the font size in all other Finder windows. If you haven’t selected ‘Use as Default’, you can see the change in a text size only in that particular folder within Finder.

If you know any other method, please share with us.

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2 comments
  1. Sorry, on my computer (MacOS 11.5) this only works for the window in question, not for all others further down the hierarchy.

  2. Yes, Apple has changed the settings a bit. I tested it on downloads, and the text size for documents also changed; however, it did not apply to Desktop, Applications, or other windows.

    So, I guess you’ll have to do this individually for each section. And here’s the trick to doing it quickly – open any Finder window → view → Show View Options → Edit the font size of the window, and click Use as Default if available.

    Then simply move on to the next window; the floating window will move around with you. So, you don’t have to repeat the steps from the top, over and over again.

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