Question from Neilen G.: I have a fairly small 11.6 inch laptop that I carry with me when I travel (and I travel frequently for work). I’ve found that it’s the perfect size to use when I’m on a plane.
Unfortunately, I also have an issue with my vision. Nothing major, but it’s bad enough to cause problems for me at times.
I usually don’t have a problem reading the screen when I’m using Twitter, but sometimes at night when my eyes are tired I find it hard to make out some of the text.
I tried typing Ctrl+ to make the text bigger but it ended up pushing some of the content off the sides of the screen.
I read somewhere that switching to the mobile Twitter site when my eyes are tired will make the text easier to read, but it didn’t give instructions for making the switch.
I guess my question is can you tell me how to switch to the Twitter mobile site on my laptop (and how to switch back when I need to)?
Rick’s answer: Neilen, you can indeed load the mobile version of the Twitter site into your favorite browser, then resize the text to your heart’s content without having to worry about pushing anything off the sides of the screen.
Actually, switching from Twitter’s desktop site to the mobile site is very simple. All you have to do it visit the mobile site’s URL:
Then when you’re ready to switch back to the desktop site, just enter that URL into the address bar:
To make things easy, you can simply bookmark both URLs, then select the appropriate shortcut from the favorites bar when you need to make a switch.
On a completely unrelated note, Twitter’s mobile site also gobbles up a lot less data than the full desktop site, and that can be very important if you happen to be subscribed to a capped Internet data plan.
I hope this helps Neilen. Good luck!
Update from Neilen: Your solution works perfectly Rick, and it’s so simple! You’re a lifesaver!
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