Computer settings

There are lots of ways you can make text and images on your computer screen easier to see. All you need to do is change some of the settings on your computer.

Using your mouse as a magnifier

On a computer you can use your mouse to make a small area of the screen bigger.

You can do this by changing the settings for your mouse.

Click here to visit a website that tells you how to change your mouse settings.

Apple Mac computers have a built in screen magnifier called Zoom.

Click here to read more about Zoom.

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Screen readers

Computers usually include screen readers that can read text out loud. Many tablets and smartphones also have these.

Narrator is the screen reader for Windows computers. Click here to read more about Narrator.

VoiceOver is the screen reader for Apple Mac computers, iPhones and iPads. Click here to read more about VoiceOver.

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Change the colours or contrast

You might find it easier to see text on your computer screen if the words and the background are a different colour.

Click here to find out how to change text and background colours on your computer – BBC Web My Way

Click here to find out how to change colours on your mobile or tablet – AbilityNet My Computer My Way

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Change the font on your computer

Some people find it easier to see text on their computer if the letters are a different shape.

Click here to find out how to change the fonts on your computer – AbilityNet My Computer My Way

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If you have a Windows computer, here is a quick way to make the web page or document you are reading bigger:

  • At the same time, hold down the Ctrl key and the ‘+’ key on your keyboard.

To make the web page or document smaller:

  • At the same time, hold down the Ctrl key and the ‘-’ key on your keyboard.

Most web browsers will also let you zoom in on web pages:

  • Click on the browser’s ‘View’ button and look for the ‘Zoom’ option. You can zoom the whole page or just the text.

Web browsers are the software you use to access the internet. They include Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

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AbilityNet have described how to change lots of settings on your computer to make it easier for you to use. You can change how things look on the screen or you can make your computer read things to you.

Click here to read AbilityNet’s guide to computer settings for people who can’t see the screen well.