Quick Tip – How to Change the Font Size on your Kindle PaperWhite

By Kat Kasel

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Kindle Paperwhite FontsIf it seems like we can’t stop talking about the Kindle PaperWhite, it’s because we can’t stop talking about the Kindle PaperWhite! It’s such a fantastic, intuitive, digital reader. That being said, there are some shortcuts you can take to make your reading experience even better.

DID YOU KNOW – there are two ways to change the font size on the PaperWhite tablet.

The Original Way to Change Font Size

  1. Turn on your Kindle
  2. Swipe to unlock
  3. Tap the top of the screen
  4. Select the “Aa” graphic
  5. Adjust the text to the size you desire or switch fonts completely (Caecilia is slightly larger and easier to read than Futura, for example, and Helvetica is bolder).

This is the traditional way to adjust the font size on your e-reader. However, the Kindle PaperWhite also offers a second option that generally appeals to smartphone users. The old “pinch in” “pinch out” method works great!

The New Way to Change Font Size

  1. Turn on your Kindle
  2. Swipe to unlock
  3. Go to current text (you must be in a book and not in the home screen)
  4. To enlarge the font, quickly slide your thumb and pointer finger away from each other on the screen and the text will automatically grow by one degree
  5. To minimize the font, slide your thumb and pointer finger together in a pinching motion on the screen

NOTE: During this process you will see a font banner flash briefly flash across the screen. This notifies the reader that a font change has occurred.

The Kindle PaperWhite is full of surprises. Many readers stumble upon this font size quick change technique accidentally because they are in the habit of adjusting text on their mobile devices.

If you hadn’t yet figured out this shortcut, hopefully this tutorial was helpful. Happy Kindle-ing!

About Kat Kasel
Kat is a freelance writer and media associate for a digital marketing company in Washington, DC. She loves reading and writing but 'rithmatic? Not so much.

11 Responses so far.

  1. Kate

    October 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Thank you so much for the GREAT tips on how to change the font size on my Kindle!!! I was getting super frustrated because I did it on accident and could not figure out how I was doing it!!! Your tips were super simple and to the point! VERY EASY TO FOLLOW!!!! So a big THANK YOU from Montana at 2am!!!

  2. carol

    November 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Thank You! (A 60 year old student)

  3. Jan Springer Erotic Romance Author

    December 16, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for this article! I couldn’t figure out how to get my fonts bigger or smaller and kept accidentally getting the Aa thing up on the screen without knowing how I did it! Now I know. Thanks again. You have been a great help!

  4. Loretta

    December 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Received the new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. Very different from my first kindle, in a nice way, with lots of different features. Hope I enjoy the Paperwhite as much as I have enjoyed the Kindle Keyboard.

  5. Don Keller

    December 26, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Your comments were very helpful in setting up the new Kindle Paperwhite. Thanks for the tips

  6. Mari

    January 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you! Husband’s Kindle arrived yesterday. He can now read the print – he’s a 75 yr old stroke survivor.

  7. Sandy Moon

    April 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the info on this. Quick question though: Do you know if you can change the font size on the home screen. Worried my dad with have trouble reading the home screen if it reverts to small font once he’s done with a book.

  8. Don

    May 29, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Thank you, the tip is great!

  9. M Ankenbauer

    June 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I appreciate your tips – thanks!

  10. Fred Spector

    October 7, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I knew there was an easy way to do it.. Thank you so much!

    • Kat Kasel

      October 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Glad to help!

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