Browser text (making it bolder - not bigger)

Hello all,

I have a potentially perplexing one.

I'm trying to help someone improve the quality of the text in their browser (IE9, FF, Chrome - all three). This person told me that a past technician made their browser text BOLDER - not bigger (I know how to do that on all three). But now this person has a new computer and wants me to duplicate what was done in the past.

I am certain that there is no way to do this... Fire Fox's Options/Content/Fonts & Colors setting has very limited affect on how most websites look because websites almost always control the look of the screen.

Is this person correct or am I correct?

I really want to help this person because he has poor eyesight. Making the text bigger affects the positioning and generally messes up the page.... but I admit, if the text was darker, it would be an improvement in clarity.

OS: Windows 8
Browsers: IE9 (or whatever the latest is), FF (latest), Chrome (latest).

Hopefully this made sense.

Thank you
S ConnellyTechnical WriterAsked:
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Try using the following extension for Chrome:

Change Colors 2.144

After installation, go to Extensions and change fonts to something like Arial Bold.
For IE, go to Tools --> Internet Options --> Accessibility --> Format documents using my style sheet. Save the attached stylesheet to your machine and browse to that stylesheet.

For FF, follow these guides:

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S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Hello all,

Sorry about being absent. I finally had a look at the screen (prior to this, I was only going by the his description). I thought that he might be exaggerating but I must admit, the text is rather difficult to read and I was only able to make a marginal improvement by adjusting contrast, brightness, etc. (the pre-set text mode is horrible!).

Although everything but text looks acceptable, I am wondering if it is a combination of going from a 14" LCD to a 21" LCD and/or it is just a crappy monitor.

The monitor is a LG 22EA53V-P 21.5IN but I haven't seen any negative reviews.

Thanks for the css change suggestions but they are only temporary. The moment that he goes to one of his favorite sites, the text attributes reset back to what the web site authors intended.

Unless there are any other ideas, I will now pursue changing the monitor.
S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Hello all,

I have tried all the suggestions and I am at a loss. I think the only logical next step is to:
- Replace old VGA cable with HDMI cable

Failing that...
- Swap out monitor for another and see if there are any significant differences

Thanks. I'll return to this EE Q over the weekend.
S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
This problem was never solved. I even switched monitors and the problem persisted.

I think the person affected is beginning to get used to the screen so this may no longer be a problem. LOL
S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 167 points for N-W's comment #a39523389
Assisted answer: 167 points for ThinkSpaceSolutions's comment #a39523368
Assisted answer: 166 points for jcimarron's comment #a39525298
Assisted answer: 0 points for sconnell's comment #a39617576

for the following reason:

Thank you to everyone for your valiant attempts to assist me. I think this was an impossible situation so I am awarding each based on your effort.

S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
What the heck? Why is this a "Close Request"? I just accepted multiple answers... so this EE post should just close as question answered.
S ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
I clicked "Accept Multiple Solutions" on my own question.

I think it should work this time.
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