Improve Skype Chat Readability By Increasing Font Size

December 22, 2012 · 10 comments

in IT & Tech

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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10 comments
chanikacha
chanikacha

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

Aayna
Aayna

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.

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

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!

Lynn

Lynn

Patricia Gozlan
Patricia Gozlan

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!

Jane
Jane

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

Rovie
Rovie

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. :)

Willena Flewelling
Willena Flewelling

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.

Willena

bbrian017
bbrian017

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.

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

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

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

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

Kim