Improve Skype Chat Readability By Increasing Font Size

December 22, 2012 · 10 comments

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Improve Skype Chat Readability By Increasing Font Size

Save Your Eyes 
Up The Size!  

Because I’ve been a computer user since I was young, my poor eyes regularly remind me of my punishment for abusing them! LOL

However, regardless of how young or old you are, small fonts can be challenging on the eyeballs… 

Fortunately, it’s easy to fix when it come to using Skype

How To Increase The Text Font Size In Skype

1. Log into Skype and in the menu bar select “Tools” and under the drop-down select “Options”. This will open the options panel. 

Screenshot showing the Tools -> Options menu in Skype

2. From within the options panel, on the left-hand navigation, select “IM Appearance”  and click it. 

3. Now in the IM appearance settings, click on the “Change Font” button and you can easily increase or decrease the font style, font weight and font size. 

You’ll find that different fonts look better at different sizes and that even a small increase in font size makes a big difference.  You should also pay attention to whether you find serif or sans-serif fonts easier to read (That is, fonts with our without the little tips on the end of each character… for example  Times New Roman vs Arial). 

Screenshot of the Options, IM appearance menu showing the change font button on skype.

The default font size of 7pt Tahoma is rather wearisome on tired eyes and you’ll likely find that increasing it to an 8 or a 10 will, once you get used to it, lead to better eye comfort and eye health over time. 

Enjoy this cool Skype tip!  I’ve got more coming next week too!

Do you use Skype? If you have any Skype tips or pointers that others might enjoy, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

~ Kim ~
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bbrian017 December 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hi Kim, you know you’re getting old when you have to increase the font size lol… Personally I’ve just loved Skype it’s allowed me to contact with so many of my customers on a personal level.
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Kim Castleberry December 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I’m definitely getting old,no doubt about that! Thanks for the reminder! ;)


Willena Flewelling December 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

This helpful to know! Thanks for sharing, Kim, because sometimes it’s a challenge to find out where exactly to find out how to do something.

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Rovie December 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

Staying longer in front of the computer really strains my eyes and I sometimes find it difficult to read messages on Skype.

Thank you Kim for this wonderful tip. :)


Jane December 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

Wow that’s a super cool simple tip. Didn’t occur to me! Thanks a lot Kim and have a very Merry Christmas.


Kim Castleberry December 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My pleasure Jane! Merry Christmas to you as well! Hope 2013 rocks for ya!


Patricia Gozlan December 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I did not know skype fonts could be changed, I will change them now, I am quite challenged with the fonts in the skype window.
Thanks Kim!


Lynn Jones December 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Hey, that is sooo helpful. I also appreciate bigger font as it is more comfortable on my eyes. As far as tips using Skype….not sure I have any, except I did show someone how to share their screen recently who didn’t know how. :)
Thank you!


Aayna December 31, 2012 at 6:16 am

Hey Kim,
This is a great tip, I often use Skype to chat with family and friends. I never knew that an enhancement in the font size is so powerful. Thanks for this valuable tip.


chanikacha January 28, 2013 at 12:46 am

This is a very helpful tutorial on changing any font size using skype. It will surely make my fonts more adoring. :) Thank you!


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