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align text to fit on screen

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Many times the text of a webpage extends past the edge of the screen and I have to scroll horizontally to be able to read it. I don't want to have to change the font size.

Is there a way to make the page fit the screen without changing font size?

We're using windows xp and firefox 19.0.2

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Could you provide the links of the website?


Try Firefox Safe Mode to see if the problem goes away. Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode, which disables most add-ons.

(If you're not using it, switch to the Default theme.)

  • You can open Firefox 4.0+ in Safe Mode by holding the Shift key when you open the Firefox desktop or Start menu shortcut.
  • Or open the Help menu and click on the Restart with Add-ons Disabled... menu item while Firefox is running.

Once you get the pop-up, just select "'Start in Safe Mode"

If the issue is not present in Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, and you need to figure out which one. Please follow the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article for that.

To exit the Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before opening Firefox for normal use again.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help other users who have the same problem.

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Probably not in an easy way.
If web pages display that way then that means that they have CSS code to set a fixed width of containers and the width of the page.

You would have to check that and see if you can modify the width of those containers to make them fit to the width of the Firefox window (e.g. try width: auto!important; or a lower fixed width in px).

Current Firefox versions have a lot of built-in web developer tools including an Inspector and Style editor.

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"e.g. try width: auto!important; "

Is this a setting in "about:config"?

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"Could you provide the links of the website? "

Modified by cisz

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The website work for me without a horizontal scroll bar if I reduce the width of the Firefox window to 1024.

Which window size are you usind?

Did you increase the minimum font size from the default (none)?

  • Tools > Options > Content : Fonts & Colors > Advanced > Minimum Font Size (none)

It is better not to increase the minimum font size, but use an extension to set the default page zoom to prevent issues with text not being displayed properly.