Nov. 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM ET
Facebook users young and old have been mighty unhappy this week with the smaller font size being used by the social networking site, protesting the change on the site itself, as well as on Twitter and other websites, including this one.
"Facebook decreased its font size this week. Yeah, they say it’s so small, you won’t even feel it when you’re getting poked," joked comedian Jimmy Fallon. (If you use Facebook, you know "poking" means exactly that, and nothing more.)
But necessity — or maybe annoyance — is the mother of invention, and a University of Michigan Ph.D. student in computer science has come up with a workaround, a Web browser extension that hikes the font size from 11-point to 13-point.
"As a heavy (Facebook) user, this has been causing me a lot of eye strain. So I decided to create a quick script to fix this," says Arnab Nandi on his website. If you use Firefox, Chrome or Safari, you can download Nandi's "Fix Facebook" script.
If you use Internet Explorer, hitting the "control" key and "+" key on your keyboard will increase the size of the fonts on the page — and every other page on the Web, too. To back out of that, hit "control" and the "-" keys.
But, as Forbes, which reported Nandi's gem, noted, going the control-key route "tends to increase the size of all the other text or everything else on the page too," which may not work for you.
Facebook is still not saying publicly why the change was made in the first place, or if it will change it back. On Friday, a spokesman said only this:
“We are constantly testing new ways to make the site more efficient for people. We listen to feedback and always try to incorporate it in future product updates, releases and features.”