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I’m a low-vision person. I want to print research papers to read. But the font size is very small for me. Is there any way to make it bigger and print it?

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  • It would be up to the publisher to have a large print version. – Sean Roberson Dec 26 '17 at 3:30
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    Some publishers (e.g. IEEE) offer a HTML version of the paper on their website where you can change the font size freely. – nengel Dec 26 '17 at 4:57
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    As it stands, there is little about this question that is specific to academia (I will write an answer about the only exception I can think of). I suggest that you first ask this question for PDFs and webpages in general on Super User, Ask Ubuntu, Software Recommendations, or similar. – Wrzlprmft Dec 26 '17 at 12:07
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    @Wrzlprmft What is specific to academia is the fact that academic papers continue to be published only in non-accessible formats. This is one of many ways in which academia tends to be a hostile environment for people with disabilities. – Elizabeth Henning Dec 26 '17 at 19:25
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    @ElizabethHenning: That’s (sadly) not specific to academia. I regularly encounter user manuals, legal material, and similar stuff that are only available in a ready-to-print PDF. Even if it were, we are not the right group experts to solve this problem (or at least most aspects of it). – Wrzlprmft Dec 26 '17 at 19:38
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If the paper is in PDF (the standard) you can print using the Poster option. You will need to print the page in a bigger size, to make it fit in multiple pages.

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/basic-pdf-printing-tasks.html

You can try to convert the PDF to word and enlarge the font before printing, but many don't convert well.

https://smallpdf.com/pt/pdf-para-word

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If the paper in question has been submitted to the Arxiv as a LaTeX source, you can download its source (other formats in the sidepanel → source), change the font size to your liking, compile the result and print it. This also applies to other aspects affecting readability such as the font itself, the number of columns, and the image size.

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Another option that has not been suggested yet is printing to A3 paper, which makes the document larger by a factor 1.414. This is similar to the poster option mentioned in Cochise's answer.

  • Perhaps a low-vison person will find it worth the expense to buy a printer that handles such larger-than-normal paper sizes. – GEdgar Dec 26 '17 at 13:14
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    @GEdgar Universities often have A3 printers, in my experience. – Federico Poloni Dec 26 '17 at 13:18
  • @GEdgar This kind of misses the point. Compiled PDFs are not an accessible format for a lot of disabilities, not just low vision/large print. – Elizabeth Henning Dec 26 '17 at 19:29
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    @ElizabethHenning OP asked about printing and too small font size. If you are interested in other disabilities, it's a different question. – Federico Poloni Dec 26 '17 at 20:29

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