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How to change text size using your web browser, magnify your screen and change the text and background color to better meet your needs and preferences.
Note: If problems occur when you try to make these changes, it may be because local IT policies prevent you from changing your computer's settings, in which case you should contact your IT support for help.

Change the text size:

You can enhance or reduce the size of the text easily, no matter which web browser you are using.
Internet Explorer (5.0, 5.5 6.0 7.0)

  1. Open your Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click the ‘View’ menu on the top left side of the screen.
  3. Click ‘Text Size’.
  4. Choose your preferred text size with the mouse, or use the up and down arrow keys and press 'Enter'.

Google Chrome

  1. Open you Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the 3-lines icon on top right of the screen.
  3. Click "settings".
  4. Scroll down, click "show advanced settings".
  5. Scroll down to title "web contents". Choose the preferred font size.

Firefox (1.0, 1.5, 2.0)

  1. Open your Firefox browser.
  2. Open the ‘View’ menu.
  3. Click on ‘Text Size’.
  4. Click ‘Increase’. Another option is to hold Ctrl (Cmd in Mac OS X) and scroll down with your mouse.

Opera (9.0)

  1. Open your Opera browser.
  2. Open the ‘View’ menu.
  3. Click on ‘Zoom’.
  4. Click on your required zoom level

Safari (3)

  1. Open your Safari browser.
  2. Open the ‘View’ menu.
  3. Select the “Make text larger” menu item.

Magnifying your screen

Magnifying your screen is possible in all recent versions of Windows, which include a software for magnification. This software allows you to increase text to a very large size, but it is limited to a small portion of the screen. Therefore, for people with impaired vision it is recommended to use a fully-functional magnification software.
Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP, Vista

  1. Click the Start button (bottom left, with the Microsoft corporation logo) to open the Start menu, or press the Windows logo key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most keyboards). Pressing Ctrl + Esc will also open the Start menu.
  2. Click Programs, or press P on the keyboard until Programs is highlighted and then press Enter.
  3. Click Accessories, or press A on the keyboard until Accessories is highlighted and then press Enter.
  4. Click Accessibility, or if you are using the keyboard, it should already be highlighted in that case just press Enter. If not, use the arrow keys until Accessibility is highlighted and then press Enter.
  5. Click Magnifier, or press M and when Magnifier is highlighted, press Enter on the keyboard.
  6. The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears. Click the magnification level box in order to change the level of magnification, or use the up and down arrow keys.
  7. You can also minimize the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimize button or by pressing Alt + Spacebar and then press N.

Mac OS 8, 9, OS X
Mac OS 8 or 9 users can use the magnifying software CloseView. Users running OS X can use the built-in zoom.
Mac OS 8 and 9
Follow these steps to open the Closeview magnifier

  1. Select the Apple Menu.
  2. Navigate to “Control Panels” sub menu and select “Closeview”.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to magnify your viewing area.

Mac OS X

  1. Select the Apple Menu
  2. Select the “System Preferences” option from the menu.
  3. Select the “Universal Access” icon
  4. Select the “Seeing” tab.
  5. Select the “Turn on zoom” option
  6. To zoom in press the Alt, Apple and + Sign on the keyboard
  7. To zoom out press the Alt, Apple and - Sign on the keyboard

Note: you can set your maximum and minimum zoom levels with the “Zoom Options…” button.

Changing the font
Internet Explorer (5.0, 5.5 6.0 and 7.0)

  1. OpenyourInternetExplorerbrowser
  2. Openthe‘Tools’menuontopleft
  3. Click‘InternetOptions’,orpress'O'
  4. Click‘Accessibility’,orpressAlt+E
  5. Checkthe‘IgnorefontstylesspecifiedonWebpages’checkboxwiththemouseorbypressingAlt+S
  6. Click‘OK’,orpressenter
  7. Click‘Fonts’,orpressAlt+N
  8. Selectthefontofyourchoicewiththemouse,orbypressingAlt+Wandarrowingthroughthelist
  9. Click'OK'twice,orpressEntertwice

Google Chrome

  1. Open you Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the 3-lines icon on top right of the screen.
  3. Click "settings".
  4. Scroll down, click "show advanced settings".
  5. Scroll down to title "web contents". Click "customize fonts…".

Firefox (1.0, 1.5 and 2.0)

  1. Click the 'Tools' menu or press 'Alt ' + 'T'
  2. Click 'Options', or press 'O' to open the ' Options ' dialog box
  3. The 'General' option should be selected - if it is not already selected click on it or press 'Tab' until it is highlighted and then press 'Enter'
  4. Click ' Fonts & Colors ' or press 'F'
  5. Click the box next to 'proportional' and choose your font type - serif or sans serif - or press 'Tab' until the option box is highlighted, use the arrow keys to expand it and choose your font type. Then press 'Enter'
  6. Choose your font by clicking on the 'Serif:' or 'Sans-serif:' drop down menus depending on what font type you selected for 'Proportional' and scroll down and select the font you want or 'Tab' into the relevant drop down menu ('Serif:' or 'Sans-Serif:') and use the arrow keys to move 'up' and 'down' the list. Once the font you want is highlighted press 'Enter' to select it.
  7. Click 'Always use my:' 'Fonts' checkbox, or press 'Tab' until the checkbox is highlighted and press the 'Spacebar'
  8. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter'
  9. Click 'OK' or tab to 'OK' button and press 'Enter '

Opera (9.0)

  1. Open the ‘View’ menu or press Alt+V
  2. Click on ‘Style’ or press 'S'
  3. Click on accessibility layout or press ‘C’

Safari (3)

  1. Open the ‘Edit’ menu
  2. Select ‘Preferences’
  3. Press the ‘Select…’ button next to the Standard font: option
  4. Select the desired font from the list.

Changing colors
Internet Explorer (5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0)

  1. Click the Tools menu
  2. Click 'Internet Options', or press 'O'
  3. Click the 'Colors' button, or press Alt+O
  4. Choose the "Use Windows colors" option with the mouse or by pressing Alt+W
  5. Alternatively, select either the Text button (or by pressing Alt+T), or the Background button (or by pressing Alt+B)
  6. Select the color with the mouse or the arrow keys
  7. Click 'OK' twice, or press Enter twice

Firefox (1.0, 1.5 and 2.0)

  1. Open the ‘Tools’ menu or press Alt+T
  2. Click ‘Options’ or press 'O'
  3. Select 'Fonts & Colors’
  4. Select ‘Tabbing to the Use System Colors option’ or click ‘Text’ or ‘Background color’ option and choose the color of your choice.

Opera (9.0)

  1. Open the ‘View’ menu or press Alt+V
  2. Click ‘Style’ or press 'S'
  3. Click "accessibility layout" or press “C”

Mac OS 8 & 9

  1. Select the ‘Apple’ Menu
  2. Select the ‘Control Panels sub-menu and choose ‘Appearance’
  3. Select the ‘Appearance’ Tab
  4. Select a color from the drop down menu next to ‘Highlight Color’
  5. To change the menu and control colors select a color from the variation drop down menu

Mac OS X
Mac OS X comes with a built-in high color contrast scheme. In order to activate this scheme, follow these steps:

  1. Select the ‘Apple’ Menu
  2. Select ‘System Preferences’
  3. Select the ‘Universal Access’ Icon
  4. Select the ‘Seeing’ Tab.
  5. Click the “Switch to white on black’ option
  6. The desktop appearance will now change
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