Software and apps

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Screen magnification software

A screen magnifier is computer software that enlarges a portion of the screen, allowing people who are vision impaired to see it more easily. Screen magnifiers can be particularly useful for older people with decreased clearness of vision resulting from conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts.

The Magnifier (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8)


Text to Speech software

Text to speech software can also be very useful if you find reading text on a computer screen difficult.

Windows has a built-in screen reader called Narrator and Mac iOS uses one called Voiceover.

Type Faster (Accessible) – an accessible version of the free typing tutor software.

Microsoft has teamed with GW Micro, the developers of Window Eyes – screen reader software so that Microsoft Officer users of 2010 onwards can download this software free of charge.

RNIB have produced a short video about screen magnifiers and screen readers:

 Screen resolution and colour

Quick Res – change your screen resolution quickly and easily.

Screen Tinter LITE – change the background colour of programmes