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

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

 

Making text larger in Firefox

  • Open the 'View' menu with the mouse or by press 'Alt' and 'V' at the same time.
  • Select the 'Text Size' option with the mouse or by pressing 'S' twice.
  • Increase or decrease the text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing 'Enter'.
  • Alternatively you can press 'Ctrl' and '+' to increase the text size, 'Ctrl' and '-' to decrease the text size. 'Ctrl' and '0' returns you to the default size.

To set a minimum text size for all the web pages you visit follow these steps:

    • Open the 'Tools' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt' + 'T' .
    • Make sure that the 'General' option is selected - if not either click on it or press 'Tab' until it is highlighted and then press the 'Enter' key.
    • Click on 'Fonts & Colors', or press 'F' , to open the 'Fonts and Colors' dialog box.
    • Click on 'Minimum font size' box or press 'Alt' + 'Z' . Use the up and down arrows to select a new font size and press 'Enter'.
    • Click on 'Always use my:' 'Fonts' checkbox, or tab to this checkbox and press the 'Spacebar'.

 

  • Click 'OK' button or press 'Enter'.
  • Click 'OK' button or tab to 'OK' button and press 'Enter'.

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

  • Open the 'View' menu with the mouse or by pressing 'Alt' + 'V'.
  • Select the 'Text Size' option with the mouse or by pressing 'X'.
  • Choose your preferred text size with the mouse, or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing 'Enter'.

The text on our website should now have changed to reflect your choice. Some websites have text that is of a fixed size ('hard-coded') and these websites will not show the change you have just made.

If you would like to use your larger text on these sites follow the following steps:

  • Click on the 'Tools' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt' + ' T'.
  • Click on 'Internet Options' option with the mouse or press 'O'.
  • Click on the 'Accessibility' button with the mouse or press 'Alt' + 'E'.
  • Click the 'Ignore font sizes specified on web page' checkbox to add a tick or press 'Alt' + 'Z'.
  • Click the 'OK' button twice with the mouse or press 'Enter' twice, 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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Making text larger in Netscape

  • Click on the 'View' menu with the mouse or pressing 'Alt' + 'V'.
  • Click on the 'Text Zoom' option with the mouse or press 'Z'.
  • Click on the text size you want with the mouse or use the up and down keys and then 'Enter' to select the text size you want .

Follow these steps to set a minimum font size for all the web pages you visit:

  • Click on the 'Edit' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt' + 'E'.
  • Click on 'Preferences' or press 'E' to open the preferences dialog box.
  • Click on the 'Font' heading underneath the 'Appearance' category or use the arrow keys to select 'Font' . If you cannot see the 'Font' heading, you may need to expand the 'Appearance' category. Do this by either double clicking on 'Appearance', or selecting 'Appearance' with the arrow keys and pressing the right arrow key.
  • Click on the drop down box next to 'Minimum font size:' and choose a font size by clicking on it or press the 'Tab' key until the box is highlighted, then press the up arrow to expand the list, choose a new font size by selecting the size you want with the 'up' and 'down' arrow keys and then press 'Enter' .
  • If there is a tick in the checkbox 'Allow documents to use other fonts' you might need to uncheck it for your minimum font size to work, to do this click on the box to uncheck it or press the 'Tab' key until the checkbox is highlighted and then press the 'Spacebar' to uncheck it.
  • Now click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to return to Netscape.

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 Opera

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 '+' and '-' 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 increase or decrease the size of the text permanently:

Opera versions 6 and 7

  • Click on the 'File' menu with the mouse and then click 'Preferences' or press 'Alt' + 'F' .
  • Click on 'Page Style' from the list of option on the left or press the 'down' arrow key to highlight it.
  • Click on the drop down box next to 'Default Zoom' and then click on the zoom size you want, or press 'Alt' + 'Z' and then use the 'up' and 'down' arrow keys to select the zoom size you want.
  • Click the 'OK' button or press 'Enter' to return to Opera.

Opera version 8

  • Click on the 'Tools' menu with the mouse and then click on 'Preferences' or press 'Ctrl' + 'F12' .
  • Click on the 'Web pages' tab with the mouse or press 'Ctrl' + 'Tab' to cycle through the tabs until 'Web pages' 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.
  • Click the 'OK' button 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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