Accessibility - Browser Options

Changing Text Size

Using your browser you can choose the look and style by which you view your Web pages. On your browser look for the options e.g. View then choose Text Size from your menu bar, you will then be able to change the font size and also remove background and font colours

You can also change the text size if your mouse has a scrolling wheel:

  • To make the text larger hold down the Control key and rotate the mouse wheel away from you.
  • To make the text smaller hold down Control and spin the wheel towards you.

You can also change the settings permanently by either using Tools/Options or Edit/ Preferences, depending on which browser and computer system you use.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer for PC

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser.
  • Select 'Tools' from the menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options select 'Internet options...'.
  • Click on the 'General' option.
  • Click on the 'Accessibility' button.
  • To change your font size, select the checkbox marked 'Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages'.
  • To remove background and font colours, select the checkbox marked 'Ignore colours specified on web pages'.
  • Click OK (and again if necessary).
  • Select 'View' from the menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options select 'Text Size'.
  • Select the text size you would like

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Microsoft Internet Explorer for Apple Mac

  • Open your Internet Explorer Web Browser.
  • Select the "edit" menu at the top of your window.
  • From the options menu select "preferences".
  • Click on "web content".
  • Deselect the button marked "show style sheets".
  • Return to the list of preferences.
  • Click on "web browser".
  • Select "language/fonts".
  • Select the font size you require.

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Instructions for users of Netscape Navigator

Text:

  • Select 'Edit' from the menu at the top of the window and choose 'Preferences'.
  • Open the Appearance group and click the 'Fonts' category.
  • Next to 'For the encoding' should read Western to tell the computer which types of letters and symbols to use. From 'Size' select 18.
  • Next to the Variable Width Font field is a drop down menu: select 'Arial'. The Fixed Width Font box should already read 'Courier New'. From 'Size' select 18.
  • To override the fonts used by the designer of the web page, select 'Use my default fonts overriding document specified fonts'.
  • Click 'OK'.

Colours:

  • Select 'Edit' from the menu at the top of the window and choose 'Preferences'.
  • Open the Appearance group and click the 'Colours' category.
  • Select a colour button to change colours of text, background, unvisited links, or visited links.
  • To override the colours used by the designer of the web page, select 'Always use my colours, overriding document'.
  • Click 'OK'.

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