More and more seniors use a labtop for their work. They commonly want to have larger fonts so they can read the text much more comfortable. On Mint11 just execute the following steps:
 
1)  Menu-> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts -> Details -> Resolution: Increase dots per inch 
2) ALT F2 -> gconf-editor /apps/mintMenu/plugins-> Applications -> increase width. That way the mine menu will become larger and can display the larger text.
3)  Firefox: Edit -> Preferences -> Contents -> Adapt Fonts & Colors
 
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