I have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro with a higher resolution display (1680 x 1050), an option that was offered back then. Unfortunately, in many of the Apple apps the default 100% zoom level displays normal font sizes (12, 14) way too small to be comfortably read. In most apps, Pages, Safari, TextEdit etc. I can simply adjust the zoom level, so that the display correctly. However, the Notes app doesn't provide that functionality.

Does anyone know of a hack to change the default zoom level of the Notes app?

I don't want to change the font size, i.e., change the font from from 12pt to 16pt as is suggested elsewhere (and here) since my notes are synced with the iPad and I don't want them to look too big there.
Nor do I want to change the entire screen zoom (accessibility feature).

Rather I am looking for a way to change the size in which the Notes app displays the text on OS X. Any hints much appreciated.

I know that there is no straightforward way to do this, but the Notes.app must get its information for how many pixels to use for a given point size font, for example 16 pixels for a 12 point font from somewhere, no? That is what I hope to tweak somehow...

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You can change the default font size by opening the Notes preferences with Cmd+comma and dragging the slider to the right. Source: @howtogeek

  • Yes, they've added that functionality finally!
    – jan
    Commented Apr 4, 2023 at 23:13

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