Zoom has a big part of communication since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns. The move to remote working, learning, and communications has necessitated a shift in how people communicate. Zoom has seen a massive increase in its userbase by being positioned in the right place at the right time.
Zoom is primarily known for its video call functionality, which has allowed families to keep up with each other and for businesses to continue with face-to-face meetings and interviews. Zoom also offers a text-based communication feature in the “Chat” tab. One of the things you may notice, however, is that there isn’t an easily accessible slider to adjust the font size from the chat tab itself. Being able to resize text is an important part of accessibility functionality that makes the application much easier to use for people with reduced visual acuity.
If you want to adjust the font size of the messages in the chat tab, you can increase, or decrease, the font size in Zoom’s settings. To access the settings, click on your user icon in the top-right corner, then click on “Settings”.
Once in the settings, switch to the “Accessibility” tab. To adjust the font size of chat messages, use the dropdown box, labelled “Chat Display Size”. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + ‘+’” and “Ctrl + ‘-‘” to increase and decrease the font size respectively. The default font size is 100%, but you can also select 80, 120, 150, 180, and 200%.
Tip: Frustratingly, the text sizing option only applies to messages in the chat tab. There is no way to increase the font size of the user interface elements in Zoom if you struggle to see those.