Accessibility

If you have difficulty seeing what's on the page, here are some easy ways to change the page display and make it clearer.

Making the text larger

Instructions for Windows users

Instructions for Mac OS users

Magnifying the screen

Change the colours on the screen

Instructions for Windows users

Making text larger in Internet Explorer

  • On the browser menu select "View"
  • Select "Text Size"
  • Choose the text size you prefer

Some websites have fixed text which will not change its size. If you would like to make sure that your chosen text size will apply to all web pages you view, follow these steps:

  • On the browser Tools menu select '"Internet Options"
  • On the General tab, select "Accessibility"
  • Tick the three checkboxes and click "OK" or hit "Enter" on your keyboard
  • On the browser Tools menu select "Internet Options"
  • On the General tab, select "Accessibility"
  • Tick the "Ignore font sizes specified on web pages" checkbox and click "OK" or hit your keyboard's Enter butto

Making text larger in Firefox

  • Open the "View" menu
  • Select the "Text Size" option
  • Increase or decrease the text size
  • You can also use your keyboard: press "Ctrl" and "+" together to make the text bigger or "Ctrl" and "-"to make it smaller.
  • "Ctrl" and "0"' returns you to the default size.

Making text larger in Chrome

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top-right, click More More.
  • Next to 'Zoom', choose the zoom options that you want:
  • Make everything larger: Click Zoom in Zoom in.
  • Make everything smaller: Click Zoom out Zoom out.
  • Use full-screen mode: Click Full screen

Instructions for Mac OS users

Making the text larger in Internet Explorer

  • On the browser menu select "View"
  • Select "Text Zoom"
  • Choose the text size you prefer

Some websites have fixed text which will not change its size. If you would like to make sure that your chosen text size will apply to all web pages you view, follow these steps:

  • On the browser Tools menu select "Internet Options"
  • On the General tab, select "Accessibility"
  • Tick the three checkboxes and click "OK" or hit "Enter" on your keyboard
  • On the browser Tools menu select "Internet Options"
  • On the General tab, select "Accessibility'"
  • Tick the "Ignore font sizes specified on web pages" checkbox and click "OK" or hit "Enter" on your keyboard

Making text larger in Firefox

  • Open the "View" menu
  • Select the "Text Size" option
  • Increase or decrease the text size
  • You can also use your keyboard: press "Apple" and "+" together to make the text bigger or "Apple" and "-" to make it smaller.
  • "Apple" and "0" returns you to the default size.

Making the text larger in Safari

  • Press Apple and '+' (plus) to zoom in
  • Or Apple and '-' (minus) to zoom out
  • To return the text to its original size, press Apple + 0.

Making text larger in Chrome

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top-right, click More More.
  • Next to 'Zoom', choose the zoom options that you want:
  • Make everything larger: Click Zoom in Zoom in.
  • Make everything smaller: Click Zoom out Zoom out.
  • Use full-screen mode: Click Full screen

Magnifying the screen

If you still can't easily read a page after making the text size bigger, you could try magnifying a portion of the screen to a very large size.

Your computer may have a magnifier program that allows you to magnify a portion of your screen. You can use this on a web page, or anything else you want to see more clearly.

Here are some instructions on how to use some of the most common screen magnifiers.

Instructions for Windows users - Using the Windows magnifier

  • Open the "Start" menu on the computer
  • Select "Programs" and then "Accessories"
  • Select "Accessibility" and then "Magnifier"
  • The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears
  • You can use the magnification level box to change the size
  • Minimise the magnifier settings box to see the page you were looking at

Instructions for Mac OS users - Magnifying the screen in Mac OSX

Mac OSX has a built in magnifier called Zoom

  • Make sure you are in "Finder" and open the "Apple" menu
  • Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Universal Access" icon
  • Select the "Seeing" tab and then 'Turn on Zoom'
  • To zoom in press "Alt" + "Apple" + "+" on your keyboard, and to zoom out press "Alt" + "Apple" + "-". Move the cursor around the screen to view the magnified page
  • To change the Maximum and Minimum Zoom settings click on "Zoom Options..." or press '"Tab" until "Zoom Options..." is highlighted and then press the space bar on your keyboard
  • You can turn the magnification on or off by pressing "Alt" + "Apple" + "*"
  • Magnifying the screen in Mac OS 8 and 9
  • The Mac OS includes an optional screen magnification program called "CloseView". If it is not installed on your computer you can find it on the Mac OS CD-Rom under CD Extras: Universal Access: CloseView If you do not have a Mac OS CD-Rom, you can download it on the internet, at Apple Macintosh Software Toolkit.
  • Once you have "CloseView" installed, open it by opening the "Apple" menu on the computer and from the "Control Panels" sub menu selecting "CloseView"
  • From here you can turn "CloseView" on and off, set the magnification scale for example x2, invert the colours of the screen to white text on a black background and turn the "CloseView" keyboard shortcuts on and off
  • With the "Keyboard Shortcuts" on you can use these "CloseView" commands from within any program at any time
  • "Alt" + "Apple" + "K" Turn CloseView on or off
  • "Alt" + "Apple" + "X" Turn magnification on or off
  • "Alt" + "Apple" + "+" Increase magnification
  • "Alt" + "Apple" + "-" Decrease magnification

Change the colours on the screen

You can change the colours on a page if the difference between the text and background colours makes it hard to read comfortably. How you do this depends on whether you use a computer that runs on Windows, Mac OS, or on another operating system, and on which browser you use.

To change the colour of the background and/or text in your internet browser for all pages, follow the instructions for your browser type below. You can also use these instructions if you want to reset the colours to "Default". If you have problems changing your settings, use the "Help" menu in your browser toolbar.

Instructions for Windows users - Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Windows

  • Open the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options"
  • Select the "Accessibility" tab
  • Tick the "Ignore colours specified on web page" checkbox
  • Click the "OK" button or press "Enter" on your keyboard once to return to the "Internet Options" box
  • This will make the website use the colour scheme you have on your computer
  • If you would like to choose your own colour scheme just for Internet Explorer, with the "Internet Options" box still open, select the "Colours" button
  • Untick the "Use Windows colours" checkbox
  • You can then select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour.
  • Click "OK" or hit "Enter" on your keyboard to return to Internet Explorer
  • Changing the colours in Firefox in Windows
  • Open the "Tools" menu and select "Options"
  • Select the "Content" tab and click on the "Colours" button
  • Untick the "Allow pages to use their own colours" check box
  • To use your Windows colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the "Use system colours" checkbox is ticked
  • To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the "Use system colours" checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  • You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings

Instructions for Mac OS users - Changing the colours in Internet Explorer in Mac OS

  • Open the "Explorer" menu and select "Preferences"
  • If you cannot see a list of bulleted options under "Web Browser", expand the options list.
  • Select the "Web Content" section
  • Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose a colour using the Mac OS colour picker – either use your mouse to select a colour from the circle and a brightness level from the bar, or use the tab and cursor keys on your keyboard. Click "OK" or hit "Enter".
  • Repeat this step for the "Background", "Read Links" and "Unread Link"' if you want to change those colours.
  • When you have changed all the colours you want to, untick the box next to "Page specify colors" checkbox so the web page will use your colours
  • Click "OK" or hit enter to return to Internet Explorer
  • Changing the colours in Firefox in Mac OS
  • Open the "Firefox" menu and select "Preferences"
  • Select the "Content" tab and click on the "Colours" button
  • Untick the "Allow pages to use their own colours" check box
  • To use your Mac OS colour scheme settings in Firefox, make sure the "Use system colours" checkbox is ticked
  • To choose your own colour scheme for Firefox, untick the "Use system colours" checkbox. Select the colour swatch next to "Text" and choose your text colour, and repeat the process for your background colour
  • You will need to reload the page to see your new colour settings