Posted by on March 9, 2009 in Ancestry.com Site, Searching for Records

Some of you may use the text size links on the search results page to increase the font size when you scan a list of results:

Text size

This functionality is controlled by javascript, and is performance drag on the page. And you can control text size of an entire page through your browser much more efficiently. So on Wednesday we are pulling that functionality from the search results page.

If you want to control the text size on a page, here’s a quick how to:

Firefox

Firefox text size

In Firefox there are two options, you can go to your browser menu, choose View and then Zoom. You can can then choose Zoom In or Zoom Out to increase or decrease your text size.

Explorer

Text size in IE

In IE choose View and Text Size and then the size that best suits your needs.

Happy Searching.

About Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

10 Comments

Yvette Hoitink 

An easier way to change the text size in your browser is by holding the CTRL-button while using the scrollwheel of the mouse. Since you immediately see the results, it works more intuitively than using the menus. This feature works in most browsers.

March 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Judy 

I can not do a websearch even after registering it states I am not connected to the net. It is the only program that does not read my connection.

March 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Mary Beth Marchant 

There is a strange quirk too for AOL users. There is no way to set the text size with AOL. However, when you set the text size with IE, the text size with AOL corresponds to that. So if you set “largest” with IE you will get “largest” when you use AOL. My eye sight is not good so I have text set to “largest” on all browsers. If there is some type of functionality that Ancestry has been using that drags down the page, then by all means get rid of it. Enlarging the text is an easy fix.

March 10, 2009 at 7:56 am
Mary Beth Marchant 

Can you or anyone tell me just what is going on this afternoon and tonight. I have seen slow loading before with Ancestry but tonight is absolutely ridiculous. I am even getting timeouts using Firefox and I never get timeouts using Firefox. What ever is going on, please, please fix it or five us some kind of explanation. I use Genealogy.com and it is kind of slow at times, but even it is working tonight quite well-but Ancestry is like slow molasses. A turtle goes faster.

March 10, 2009 at 7:44 pm
indian blogger 

I don’t know why it didn’t work for you but it worked for me.. New firebox 3.1.1 beta is out you may try that it has zoom in search

March 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm
Apple 

In Firefox I prefer to change the font size using Tools rather than View.

Tools > Options > Content > choose the size you want. With my aging eyes I opt for 20 or 22.

March 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Breckenridge 

Thanks for sharing it’s very important information.

March 11, 2009 at 9:49 pm
Jerry Bryan 

I applaud the change in managing text size. Much thanks for making it.

However, I have begun to run into the following since the change was made. On the main search page of New Search, the boxes where you type the name for which you are searching sometimes aren’t big enough. The boxes are wide enough, but they are not tall enough. You can only see half of each letter you type. The problem is not there every time, and I can’t figure out the conditions to make the problem repeatable.

Although it’s not repeatable, here’s how I made the problem happen just now. 1) shut down my browser, 2) start the browser and go to ancestry.com (I’m in the home page, not the search page), 3) click the search tab to go to the search page. The boxes on the search page are too short.

Actually, it’s not just the boxes for the first and last names, it’s all the boxes. What you see is the top half of the letters you type, and what you are missing is the bottom half of the letters you type.

I did a search typing into the boxes that are too short, and then I did a browser back arrow to return to the main search page. The problem cured itself (at least temporarily).

March 14, 2009 at 11:24 am
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Patricia Ann Gable 

looking for my son he was adopted I was trying to e-mail troy dunn the locators can you help me?

March 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm