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How to make the text larger in your browser

Internet Explorer 7/8  

  • To zoom in, press and hold Ctrl and +
  • To zoom out, press and hold Ctrl and

Firefox

  • To zoom in, press and hold Ctrl and +
  • To zoom out, press and hold Ctrl and
  • To reset, press and hold Ctrl and 0

Safari

  • To zoom in, press Apple and +
  • To zoom in, press Apple and -
  • To reset, press Apple and 0

Google Chrome  

  • To zoom in, press and hold Ctrl and +
  • To zoom out, press and hold Ctrl and
  • To reset, press and hold Ctrl and 0

  How to make the text larger on your computer

Windows 7 

  • Click on the Start button
  • Select Control Panel 
  • Select Ease of Access 
  • Select Ease of Access Center
  • Under Explore all settings select Make the computer easier to see
  • Under Make things on the screen larger, select Change the size of text and icons
  • Click on the size you require. Click OK then press Enter to accept your changes. You may then be required to restart your machine

To use the Magnifier

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Select Control Panel 
  • Select Ease of Access 
  • Select Ease of Access Center 
  • Under Explore all settings select Make the computer easier to see 
  • Under Make things on the screen larger 
  • Select Turn on Magnifier to use this function

Windows Vista 

  • Click on the Start button
  • Select Control Panel 
  • Select Ease of Access 
  • Select Ease of Access Center 
  • Under Explore all settings select Make the computer easier to see 
  • Under Make things on the screen larger select Change the size of text and icons
  • Click on the size you require
  • Click OK then press Enter to accept your changes. You may then be required to restart your machine

To use the Magnifier 

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Select Control Panel 
  • Select Ease of Access 
  • Select Ease of Access Center 
  • Under the Quick access to common tools header
  • Select Start Magnifier to use this function 

Windows XP

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Click on Control Panel (note: on earlier versions of XP you will need to click on Settings first) 
  • Double click on Display (this should bring up the Display Properties window)
  • Click on the Appearance tab
  • Under Font size click on the drop down menu 
  • Change to Large or Extra Large as required
  • You may need to press Enter or click OK again to return to Windows

To use the Magnifier 

  • Click on the Start button
  • Click on Programs 
  • Click on Accessories 
  • Select Accessibility
  • Click on Magnifier 
  • The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears
  • You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification or use the up and down arrow keys
  • You can minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button

Mac - OS X

  • To open the Desktop window press Apple + J
  • Click on the drop-down button next to Text size 
  • Choose a font size up to 16pt
  • Click on the window's red close button or press Apple + W to finish 

To use “Zoom” (Magnifier)

  • Make sure you are in Finder 
  • If necessary, press Apple + Tab until you return to Finder
  • Click on the Apple menu 
  • Click on System Preferences
  • Click on the Universal Access icon 
  • Click on the Seeing tab
  • Click on the Turn on Zoom button
  • To zoom in press Alt + Apple + 
  • To zoom out press Alt + Apple –
  • Move your mouse around the screen to view the magnified page

To customise the settings for Zoom 

  • Click the Zoom Options button
  • Click on the Maximum and Minimum Zoom slider to set the magnification levels you require  
  • Click on the Done button when you are happy with your settings to return to the Universal Access window 
  • Click on the window's red close button to finish 

Text to Speech

Window's Narrator is available for Windows 2000, XP and Vista.

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Click on All Programs
  • Click on Accessories  
  • Click on Accessibility 
  • Click on Narrator 
  • The Microsoft Narrator window will then appear and Narrator immediately starts talking and reads out the instructions on how to use this feature 
  • Click on the OK button and another window appears which has various options which you can select by clicking on the checkbox
  • You can also adjust the voice settings from here by clicking on the Voice button 

Windows Narrator in Windows 7

  • Click on the Start button 
  • Click on Control Panel
  • Click on Ease of Access and then 
  • Click on Ease of Access Center 
  • Under Quick access to common tools click to start Narrator
  • Once you turn on Narrator you are able to select what Narrator will read aloud 

Click to select:

  • Echo User’s Keystrokes, if you want text to be read aloud as you type
  • Announce System Messages, if you want to have system messages read aloud
  • Announce Scroll Notifications, if you want to hear screen scrolls
  • Start Narrator Minimized, if you want the settings box minimized at start up 

Voiceover on Mac OS X

  • Make sure you are in Finder 
  • If necessary, press Apple + Tab until you return to Finder
  • Click on the Apple menu  
  • Click on System Preferences
  • Click on the Universal Access icon
  • Click on the Seeing tab  
  • In the VoiceOver section click on the On radio button
  • You can turn VoiceOver on or off at any time by pressing Apple + F5
  • Click on Open VoiceOver Utility to change the VoiceOver settings
  • You can use VoiceOver in its default configuration, or you can customise VoiceOver to suit your needs
  • The VoiceOver Utility presents a list of nine categories, from General to Braille  

 

Change Colours

Windows 7 

  • Open the Personalization window by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop 
  • Select Personalize  

To customise a theme's colours

  • Scroll to the bottom of the Personalization window 
  • Click on the Window Color icon until it is highlighted
  • Press Enter

To customise your colour scheme

  • In the pop-up window Color and Appearance 
  • Click on the drop-down list under the Item header 
  • Scroll through the list of Items 
  • Click on the colour you want
  • Select Basic colors 
  • Use the arrow keys to move to the colour you require 
  • Click the OK button to return to the pop-up window Color and Appearance 
  • Repeat the procedure for any other items you want to customise
  • Click OK when you've made all your changes
  • This will return you to the Personalization window
  • Your customised theme will appear at the top of the Personalization window with the name Unsaved Theme 
  • Click on Save Theme until it is highlighted 
  • Press Enter
  • Type in a name for your theme and click Save in the dialogue box
  • Close the Personalization window by clicking on the red close cross to finish

Windows Vista 

  • Click on the Start button
  • Select Control Panel 
  • Select Ease of Access 
  • Select Ease of Access Center 
  • Select Make the computer easier to see under Explore all settings 
  • Click on Fine tune display effects, to open the Appearance Settings window 
  • Click on one of the options in the drop-down list under the Color scheme header 
  • Click on the Advanced button to change individual colours   
  • Click on the 'OK' button to accept the changes and finish

To customise your colour scheme

  • Click on the drop-down list under the Item header in the Advanced Appearance window 
  • Use the arrow keys to scroll through the list of items
  • Click on the Other button to bring up the Color window for more colours
  • Click on the colour you require
  • Select Basic colors
  • Use the arrow keys to move to the colour you want 
  • Click on OK to return to the Appearance Settings window when you've made all your changes 
  • Click the Apply button to see how the changes look
  • Click the OK button to finish

Windows XP

  • Click on the Start button then 
  • Click on Control Panel (You need to be in Classic view. If you see the text Pick a category, click on Switch to Classic View
  • Double-click on Display 
  • Press Enter to open the Display Properties window 
  • Click on the Appearance tab if it is not already selected 

To change your colour scheme 

  • Click on one of the options in the drop-down list under Color scheme in the Display Properties window
  • Click on the OK button to accept the changes and finish

Customise your chosen colour scheme by changing individual colours for windows, text and other graphical elements

  • In the Display Properties window
  • Click on the Advanced button
  • Click on the drop-down list under the Item header to scroll through the list of items 
  • Click on the Other button and click on any other colours you require
  • Click the OK button to return to the Advanced Appearance window 
  • Repeat the procedure for any other Items you want to customise
  • Click the OK button when you've made all your changes to return to the Display Properties window 
  • Click the Apply button to see how the changes look
  • Click the OK button to finish if you are satisfied with the changes

Mac OS X

Change the desktop background colour

  • Make sure you are in Finder 
  • If necessary, press Apple + Tab until you return to Finder
  • Click on the Apple menu 
  • Click on System Preferences
  • Click on the Desktop & Screen Saver icon
  • In the Desktop & Screen Saver window make sure the Desktop tab is selected. If not click on it
  • In the pane on the left click on Solid Colors in the Apple folder
  • Click on the colour you want, the background colour changes straight away
  • Click on the window's red close button to finish

Use the high-contrast colour scheme

  • Make sure you are in Finder 
  • If necessary, press Apple + Tab until you return to Finder
  • Click on the Apple menu 
  • Click on System Preferences
  • Click on the Universal Access icon.  
  • In the Universal Access window, make sure the Seeing tab is selected, if not click on it

To change to the White on Black colour scheme under the Display header 

  • Click the radio button next to White on Black until the Black on White radio button is highlighted 
  • Use the up or down key to select White on Black
  • The colour scheme will change straight away 
  • Press Shift + Alt + Apple + 8 to switch between the high-contrast white on black colour scheme and the standard display at any time
  • Use the Enhance contrast slider to increase or decrease the contrast level 
  • To set the display to grayscale under the Display header, tick the box next to Use grayscale by clicking on it
  • The colour scheme will change straight away 
  • To turn it back to the standard display untick the box by clicking on it 
  • Click on the window's red close button when you are finished

 


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