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Mac Browsers

A lot of web pages can be difficult to view because the text is too small to comfortably read.

Choose from the following Mac web browsers for step-by-step instructions on how to increase the size of the text on any web page you are viewing:

Note: Mac key convention: 'Ctrl' is used for 'Control', 'Apple' is used for 'Command' and 'Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure 'Full keyboard access' is turned on - you can turn it on or off; by pressing 'Ctrl' + 'F1' at any time.

 

 

Making text larger in Firefox

    • Open the 'View' menu with the mouse.
    • Click 'Text Size' and choose to 'increase' or 'decrease' the text size.
    • Click on 'Increase' or 'Decrease' to change the text size or press the right arrow to expand the 'Text Size' menu options and use the up and down arrow to select 'Increase' or 'Decrease' and then press 'Enter'.

 

  • Alternatively you can press 'Apple' + '+' (plus) to increase the text size, 'Apple' + '-' (minus) to decrease the text size.

Follow these steps to set a minimum text size for all pages you visit:

    • Click the 'Firefox' menu with the mouse or press 'Ctrl' + 'F2' to highlight the menu bar and then press the right arrow to highlight the 'Firefox' menu
    • Click on 'Preferences' or press the down arrow to highlight 'Preferences' and then press 'Enter'.
    • Make sure the 'General' tab is selected, if not click on it. (no keyboard shortcut available).
    • Click the 'Fonts and Colors' button, (no keyboard shortcut available).

 

  • Click on 'Minimum font size' box and select your desired minimum font size, (no keyboard shortcut available).
  • Click on 'Always use my:' 'Fonts' checkbox, (no keyboard shortcut available).
  • Click the 'OK' button or press 'Enter' twice to return to Firefox.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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Making text larger in Safari

  • Open the 'View' menu with the mouse or by pressing 'Alt' + 'V'.
  • Click 'Make text bigger' or 'Make text smaller' to change the text size.
  • Alternatively you can press 'Apple' + '+' (plus) to increase the text size, 'Apple' + '-' (minus) to decrease the text size.

Follow these steps to set a minimum text size for all pages you visit:

  • Click on the 'Safari' menu with the mouse and then then click on 'Preferences' or press 'Apple' + ',' (Comma).
  • Click on the 'Appearance' icon or press 'Ctrl ' + 'F5' to highlight the 'General' icon and then press the right arrow key to highlight 'Appearance' then press the 'Spacebar'.
  • Click on 'Select' next to 'Standard font:' box or press 'Tab' once to highlight the 'Select' button and then press the 'Spacebar'.
  • This will bring up the 'Fonts' window click on font size you want under the 'Sizes' heading or press 'Ctrl' + 'F6' then 'Ctrl' + 'F7' then 'Tab' twice to enter the 'Sizes' box were you can type in the font size you want.
  • Click on the 'Fonts' box close button or press 'Esc'.
  • Click on the 'Appearance' window close button or press 'Esc' to return to Safari.
  • On pages that support it the text size should now have changed.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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Making text larger Opera for OS X

Unlike in Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, Opera can increase the size of images as well as text.

  • You can quickly increase or decrease the size of both text and graphics using the number pad '+' (or '0') and '-' (or '9') keys. Each press will increase or decrease the size by 10%.
  • However these changes will not be remembered next time you open Opera.

Follow these steps to set a minimum text size for all pages you visit:

  • Click on the 'Opera' menu and then click on 'Preferences...' or press 'Apple' + ',' (comma).
  • Click on the 'Web pages' tab or press 'Alt' + 'Tab' until the 'Web pages' tab is selected.
  • Click on the 'Page Zoom' option box and select your zoom size or press the 'Tab' key twice to select the page zoom option box and use the up and down arrow keys to select your zoom size.
  • Select the 'OK' button with the mouse or press 'Enter' to return to Opera.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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Making text larger in Internet Explorer for OS X

  • Click on the 'View' menu with the mouse.
  • Hover your mouse over 'Text Zoom' and choose a different text size from the listed options.
  • Alternatively, increase or decrease the text size with 'Apple' and '+' (plus) and 'Apple' and '-' (minus).

Follow these steps to set a minimum text size for all pages you visit:

  • Click on 'Explorer' menu with the mouse and then then click on 'Preferences' or press 'Apple' + ';' .
  • If you cannot see a list of bulleted options under 'Web Browser' click the arrow next to 'Web Browser' to expand the options list, or highlight 'Web Browser' using the up arrow and then press 'Apple' + 'Right arrow' key to expand the options.
  • Click the 'Language/Fonts' section with the mouse or press the 'down' arrow until it is highlighted.
  • Under the 'Fonts and Size' heading click on the box next to 'Size:' and select the font size you want. (No keyboard shortcut).
  • Click the 'OK' button with the mouse or press 'Enter' to return to Internet Explorer.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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