Let us know if you see the larger font size in Google Search as well and what you think of it. Update: Users who prefer the old font size can install a Greasemonkey script to revert back to the old font size.
Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005.
I'll check at home on my 10" 1024x600 netbook as well, I guess I'd prefer to have bigger font size there if I had to choose. Will probably not take long until a Greasemonkey script gets released to revert the change.
Done my virus and adware scans and nothing and you seem to be confirming it is a google change. I am glad to hear it is not just me, but disappointed that google found it necessary to noodle with something that was working just fine. At first I thought it was indicative of a malware infection, spent some time trying to change it through 'preferences' on Google before deciding to search the issue via Google.
I see enlarged fonts (on 1200x800, PL language version) and it looks strange (and rather bad) to me.
It just gets tiring looking for crude scripts and other junk to negate these silly changes.
I noticed this last night (9SEP2009) with Firefox on my laptop, and tried everything to change it back. For many more who use other browsers or who are not as technically aware, the option is not Greasemonkey, the option is "Do I go to Yahoo!" or "Do I go to Bing". Yes, I saw it for the first time today - thought I'd gone mad and was checking all my Firefox font settings! Glad to hear it's not just me, although I really don't like it and would prefer it back to the previous size. Now the search engine results are showing up with Increased font size and result titles got Mouse-over Underline effect, before it was underline by default. The only element that the Google developers change regularly is the logo that adds a little bit of change to the search engine every other day or so. The new font size looks and feels alien on first glance which can be attributed to the fact that the font size has not changed in years. Reasons for this could be that Google is testing the font size in Google Search and showing it only to some of the search engine visitors. He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand. Tested with multiple laptops in totally 2 different geographical locations and network setups. Not keen, looks daft, why not let us choose our own font size, I've only got a small monitor so it looks plain silly.
Been using the Irish iGoogle page since my standard one was raped by Google not-so-long ago.
I also thought that I had done something wrong, until I came into work and saw the same thing here.
I might even bash together some user CSS to do it for me - will see how I feel about it in a few days time.
Changes to the rest of the front-end on the other hand are rare and it came as a surprise that the font size of the search form has been increased significantly. Another reason might be that Google is adjusting the font size based on the visitors screen resolution.
This has been tested with various web browsers like Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer which all confirmed the change. When I first noticed it, I thought I was zoomed in - however, resetting the zoom level did not change it. We first thought it was caused by a Firefox add-on or Greasemonkey script or related to the Firefox update yesterday but this is apparently not the case.
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