How to change your browser text size

By default, all text on this website is set in a relatively sized font. This means that you can resize the text easily from within your browser. If you need to, you can also change the font, font colour and background colour. Instructions for the most common browser types are provided below:


Internet Explorer (all Windows versions):

To change the text size:

  • Click on 'View' in the top menu toolbar.
  • Select 'Text Size'.
  • Select your option.

The default is medium. Alternatively, if you have a mouse with a wheel you can hold the CTRL key on your keyboard whilst scrolling up or down with the wheel to alter the text size.

To change the font and colour settings:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu - this will depend on your browser version.
  • Select the Accessibility Option and click the three boxes displayed under formatting, so that they are now showing ticks.
  • Follow the instructions below to change font and colours.

To change the font:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser version.
  • Click on the Fonts button
  • Choose your font from the drop-down menu under Web page font and click the OK button.
  • Arial or Verdana if you have it are two of the easiest fonts to read.

To change text or background colours:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser version.
  • Click on the Colours button and un-tick the box next to Use Windows colours.
  • To change the colour of the text, click on the button to the right of Text ,choose your colour from the palette and click OK.
  • To change the colour of the background, click on the button to the right of Background, choose your colour from the palette and click OK.

To remove images:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Select the Advanced tab at the top right hand corner of the box.
  • Scroll down to the Multimedia heading.
  • Un-tick the box next to Show Pictures.
  • Click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button.

If you need further help visit the Microsoft Help and Support site

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Netscape (6.0/ 7.0+) / Mozilla (i.e. Firebird / Firefox / Camino, Mac and PC) :

To change the text size:

  • Click on 'View' in the top menu toolbar.
  • Then select 'Text Size' or 'Text Zoom'.

To change the font and colour settings:

Change fonts or colours:
All changes are done by selecting preferences from the edit menu

  • Select Appearance from the let hand panel
  • Select fonts and make your changes
  • To increase the font size increase the value in the box Minimum font size.
  • Untick the small box nearly at the bottom Allow documents to use other fonts
  • Select colours and make your changes
  • Under the heading, “When a web page provides its own colours and background” select the option that starts “Use my chosen colours, ignoring .....”
  • Click OK

Firefox Users:

All major changes are done by selecting Options... from the Tools menu

  • Select General from the Left Hand bar
  • Select the button Fonts & colors... from the right hand section and make your changes. From here you can change Fonts, colours, link colours, background colours etc.

Selecting Extensions from the left hand panel allows you to install extensions to the browser. Some may be of help to you.

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Netscape (pre 6.0):

To change the text size:

  • Click on 'View' in the top menu toolbar.
  • Then select Increase Font.

The keyboard action for this is CTRL+

To change the font and colour settings:

Change the colour of the text or the background:

  • Select Appearance.
  • Select Colours.
  • Select Text, choose your preferred colour and click on the OK button.
  • Select Background, choose your preferred colour and click on the OK button.
  • Click OK again to close the Preferences option.

To remove the images:

  • Select the Edit option from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Preferences option.
  • Select the Advanced option.
  • Un-tick the box next to Automatically load Images and Click OK.

For more information visit Netscape Browser Central

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Opera users:

To change the text size:

  • Click on 'File' in the top menu toolbar.
  • Click on Preferences, then (in the left-hand 'Category' section of the dialogue box) 'Documents'.
  • Specify the font-size you require in the 'Minimum font size ( pixels)' option.

Help from the Opera site:

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Internet Explorer 5.1 (Mac):

Apple no longer supports Internet Explorer so you may find unresolvable problems when using it. We suggest you download the free browser Safari to use instead, which is fully supported. Safari is available for download here.

To change the text size:

  • Click on 'View' in the top menu toolbar.
  • Use the 'Text Zoom' feature.

For full instructions on making use of the various versions of the Macintosh operating system's accessibility features, including resizing text, text-to-speech function and keyboard alternatives to mouse functions, visit the Apple website's section on accessibility

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Apple Safari:

To change the text size:

  • Go the 'View' menu.
  • Use the 'Make Text Bigger' and 'Make Text Smaller' menu items.

Alternatively you can use the option key with + or - to increase or decrease the text size.

For full instructions on making use of the various versions of the Macintosh operating system's accessibility features, including resizing text, text-to-speech function and keyboard alternatives to mouse functions, visit the Apple website's section on accessibility

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Adobe Acrobat and accessibility:

This site uses Adobe Acrobat to display PDF documents. If you have trouble using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe provide a free online tool which converts the content of PDF files to either HTML or ASCII text. Adobe also provides advise on how to configure your Reader, and a free download of the Accessible Adobe Reader.

For more information visit the Adobe accessibility website:
http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/main.html

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Assistive Technology

There are a number of different softwares available to help people with various difficulties to use websites. Below are just a few examples.

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