Firefox for Apple OS X - Changing fonts

How to change the font style in Firefox 3

Note: Mac key convention: ‘Ctrl’ is used for 'Control', ‘Apple’ is used for 'Command' and ' Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure ‘Full keyboard access’ is turned on - you can turn it on or off; by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F1’ at any time.

Click to select or press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F2’ to highlight the menu bar and then press the right arrow to highlight the ‘Firefox’ menu.

Click to select or press the down arrow to highlight ‘Preferences’ and then press ‘Enter’.

Make sure the ‘Content’ tab is selected if not click on it (or use the left / right arrow keys to select it).

Under ‘Fonts and Colors’ click on ‘Advanced’ or use the ‘Tab’ key to highlight it and press the ‘Spacebar’ to select.


Fig 1

Depending on the type of font you want you need to click on the box next to Serif (for example Times) or Sans-serif (for example Helvetica) as highlighted in Fig 2 or use the ‘Tab’ key to highlight it and use the arrow keys to select the font you want.

Click on the box next to ‘Proportional’ and change the font type to Serif or, Sans-serif depending on the font you chose or press ‘Shift’ + ‘Tab’ to go back and use the arrow keys to select key.


Fig 2

Next deselect the checkbox ‘Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above’ by clicking it or ‘Tab’ to the checkbox and press the ‘Spacebar’ to deselect it, see Fig 3.


Fig 3

Click the ‘OK’ button or press ‘Enter’.

Press ‘Apple’ + ‘W’ to return to Firefox.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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