Change Text Size of Title bars, Menus, Message Boxes, Palette Titles, Icons, and Tooltips in Windows 10

Previously, in Windows 7, changing your Windows text size for the title bars, menus, message boxes, palette titles, icons and tooltips wasn’t that much difficult. You simply need to navigate to Windows colors’ configuration in the Personalization settings, and finally from the advanced appearance and change the text for your desktop and other places, etc.

Last week, I planned to change the text size or font size of the title bars, menus, messages, etc. in my Windows 10 device. However, I discovered it is not that easier as it was before in Windows 7. Though being an old user of Windows 10, I didn’t find it that much difficult. But, still I thought to write a guide for you people on changing the text size.

Why Change the Text Size?

Though it may seem very impractical to change the text size, but people, especially those having a weak eyesight, would consider this option as a blessing of Microsoft. So, a large and bold text means more clarity, thus less headache and less stress on your eyes. Moreover, once you enlarge the text size, you no longer need the magnifying tool. Overall, you have a benefit of changing the text size of different items in your Windows 10.

Below is a step-by-step guide with relevant images explaining you the exact method through which you can change the text size. This method is completely different from the one that you have used in former Windows versions. Take your time to go through the steps and implement them as you read through.

1: Tap on the Windows button, and then click on Settings.


2: Now, click on the System inside the Settings.


3: On the next page, tap on “Display” from the left pane.


4: Now scroll down, and you will see a blue link “Advance Display Settings”. Click on this link!

advanced display settings

5: Once again on the next page that opens up, scroll down and click on the third blue link labelled, “Advance Sizing of Text and Other items”.

advance sizing of text

6: A new Window will popup. Here you will see multiple options for editing the text size, and making it bold. Also adjusting the size for different items.

7: Under the “Chang only the Text size” label, click on the drop down. It will show options for Title bars, menus, message boxes, palette titles, icons and tooltips. Simply, select one of each one by one and change the font size from the next drop down. It is better to keep the adjusting figure same for all.

drop down options

8: Once done, click on apply and close the Window. Now the text size of the relevant items would be changed. You can also make the text bold simply by checking the box on right side of bold.

I hope this guide was useful. Don’t forget to leave your feedback in comments. Let us know if you are facing difficulties at any stage. We’ll help you out in the least time possible.


  1. Thank you for the information. I have done this countless times, but windows 10 will not save the changes after a reboot.

    Any suggestions?

  2. thank you but not effective
    it lokks as if windows is missing something as the menus remain very faint

  3. I thought it was only me having that problem – even though I choose a different text size and click apply, it keeps returning back to the default size (9). That is, it doesn’t change to the chosen size. What is causing this?

  4. Bill,
    Thanks for the excellent report. It should be noted as well that you can change the size of your ribbon icons on Office by changing the size of the text on the Menu option on the same drop down list you show above. A change made here will effect all of the windows programs. I am somewhat of a senior myself and have been frustrated by not being able to see the icons on the ribbon of my Excel program. Windoes instructions says it cannot be done but you have shown here how to so it. It would be helpful to get this article more attention/

  5. Paul,
    You can change the size of the menus by following the same process outlined here but when you reach the drop down list select menu first then change the size of the font. Leave your internet on this site and select 18 as your font size and hit apply. You will see the size of your menu change accordingly. The screen for making the change will remain in place. Now that you know it works you can back down the size of the font until you are satisfied. This change will effect all of your windows programs. I had trouble seeing my Office ribbon bar and this change helped. Microsoft reports that the size of the ribbon on Office 2007 could not be changed.

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