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How to Change Text Size
– Try holding down the “Ctrl” key and rotating the mouse wheel (if you are using a mouse), or hold down the Ctrl key and at the same time, push the – or + key.
– In Firefox and Internet Explorer, click “View” from the main menu, then select “Zoom” and to increase the size select “zoom in.”
– For Mac operating systems, press Cmd and + to zoom in on a Web page (Cmd and – to zoom out).
How to Change Color Contrast
To change the color contrast on your entire computer:
– For Windows computers, click “Start”, then “Control Panel”. Select the “Accessibility Options” icon, select the “Display” tab and select the “Use High Contrast” check box. Select the “Settings” button to browse different color contrast options.
– For Apple Macs, select “System Preferences”, then “Universal Access”. Select the “Seeing” tab and adjust the “Display” section.
To change the color contrast of websites on your browser:
– In Internet Explorer, click “Tools”, then select “Internet options”. From within the “General” tab, click the “Colors” button. Deselect the “Use Windows colors” checkbox and change the color by selecting the color swatch. Then, select “Accessibility” within the “Internet options” window and select “Ignore colors specified on web pages”.
– In Firefox, click “Tools”, then select “Options”. From within the “Colors” tab, click the “Colors” button. Select the appropriate colors from the color swatch and un-tick the checkbox labeled “Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above” and click OK.
Customize the Mouse Pointer
You can customize a computer mouse pointer in several ways. For example, you can slow down the speed of the mouse pointer for easier handling. You can also change its appearance so that it contrasts more with the screen content.
Make the Computer Speak Aloud
Many computers have text-reading features, but they can be limited in what they offer. For example Windows Narrator reads only menus and dialogue boxes, but not blocks of text.
For Microsoft Windows, software is available that offers more advanced screen-reading capabilities (both free and commercial). A popular free and open source screen reader isNVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). The two most common commercial screen readers areJAWS and Window-Eyes.
For Mac users, VoiceOver is available as a standard part of the OS X operating system.