The Safari browser, which was originally designed to run on OS X, is now available on PCs and mobile devices, much to the delight of millions of users of Windows and Android systems. Safari fans particularly appreciate that the appearance of the browser interface and the display of its content are fully customizable.
Part 1 of 2: Access the display settings panel
Step 1. Launch Safari browser
Open a new window by clicking on the icon that represents Safari on your computer desktop, in the "Start" menu or in the taskbar.
The icon represents a round compass with a blue background
Step 2. Access the “Preferences” window
As soon as you have a Safari window open, click on the gear icon that is in the upper right corner. A menu then appears in which you must select the “Preferences…” line.
Step 3. Go to the "Appearance" panel
To do this, click on the “Appearance” tab which is just to the right of the “General” tab. In the "Appearance" panel, you have several buttons and drop-down menus that allow you to choose precisely how the text of web pages should appear.
Part 2 of 2: Change the view in your Safari browser
Step 1. Change the font
The first button of the "Appearance" panel allows you to choose the font in which the text of the web pages you are going to visit using Safari will be displayed. By default, the text is displayed in "Times New Roman", but you just need to click on the "Select …" button which is to the right of the "Standard font" field to display a drop-down menu which offers more than one hundred other fonts. You are spoiled for choice.
Step 2. Change the font size
In addition to changing the font, you can also choose the font size that suits you best. To do this, click on a size or use the cursor, at the far right of the window containing the list of standard fonts. As soon as you have made your choice, click on the cross on a red background to close the window.
You do not have to validate your selection of font and font size, because your choice is automatically taken into account when you close the window
Step 3. Change the monospaced font
You must proceed in the same way as for the standard font. A monospaced font is a set of characters that are all the same width. To choose the font of this type you want to display in Safari, you need to click on the second button in the "Appearance" panel.
Step 4. Change the smoothness of the font
The smoothness of the font determines the appearance of the texts. The Windows standard is applied by default in Safari. You can change it by clicking on the first drop-down menu in the "Appearance" panel. Usually you have 6 options.
- If you want the characters to blend in well with the background, and not stand out too much, choose a smoothing mode that harmonizes the characters with the background they appear on.
- If you have difficulty reading text that appears on web pages, you can adjust the smoothing to make the characters stand out against the background.
Step 5. Choose whether the images should be displayed automatically or not
To do this, all you have to do is check or uncheck the "Show images when opening page" box. If you are worried about downloading a virus by going to certain websites, it is better that you uncheck the box to prevent the images from downloading. By unchecking this box, you can also speed up the loading of web pages.
Step 6. Set the default encoding
You must choose the character encoding according to the region in which you live, and therefore according to the language you speak. The default setting, Unicode UTF-8, displays all alphabets and sets of signs, so you can leave it unchanged. If nevertheless you decide to apply the "Western Europe" encoding, because you only visit websites written in Latin and Anglo-Saxon languages, you must select it from the second drop-down menu of the "Aspect" panel.
Step 7. Close the preferences window
As soon as you have made all the settings that allow you to obtain the text display that suits you, you must close the “Preferences” window by clicking on the white cross on a red background. Your settings are then automatically saved.