Accessability

Help with seeing www.neo360.co

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:

How to make text larger

Making text larger in Firefox

Instructions

Follow these steps to increase or decrease the size of the text for the web page you are viewing:

  1. Open the 'View' menu with the mouse or by press 'Alt' and 'V' at the same time.
  2. Select the 'Text Size' option with the mouse or by pressing 'S' twice.
  3. Increase or decrease the text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing 'Enter'.
  4. 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.

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

  1. Open the 'Tools' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt' + 'T'.
  2. Click on 'Options', or press 'O' , to open the Options dialog box.
  3. Make sure that the 'General' option is selected - if not either click on it or press 'Tab' until it is highlighted (in blue) and then press the 'Enter' key.
  4. Click on 'Fonts & Colors' , or press 'F' , to open the 'Fonts and Colors' dialog box.
  5. 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'.
  6. Click on 'Always use my:' 'Fonts' checkbox, or tab to this checkbox and press the 'Spacebar'.
  7. Click 'OK' button or press 'Enter'.
  8. Click 'OK' button or tab to 'OK' button and press 'Enter'.

Making text larger in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Instructions

  1. Open the 'View' menu with the mouse or by pressing 'Alt'+'V'.
  2. Select the 'Text Size' option with the mouse or by pressing 'X'.
  3. Choose your preferred text size with the mouse or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing 'Enter' or by clicking on it.

The text on our website should now have changed to reflect your choice. Some websites have fixed the size of their text ('hard-coded') and as a result 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:

  1. Clcik on the 'Tools' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt'+'T'.
  2. Click on 'Internet Options' option with the mouse or press 'O'. You should now see the 'Internet Options' box.
  3. Click on the 'Accessibility' button
  4. Click the 'Ignore font sizes specified on web page' checkbox to add a tick or press 'Alt'+'Z .
  5. Click the 'OK' button twice with the mouse or press 'Enter' twice, to return to Internet Explorer.

Making text larger in Netscape

Instructions

To increase the text size:

  1. Click on the 'View' menu with the mouse or pressing 'Alt'+'V'.
  2. Click on the 'Text Zoom' option with the mouse or press 'Z'.
  3. 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 .

The text on our website should now have changed to reflect your choice. If you are using an earlier version of Netscape than version 7 then the above instructions will not work on some websites because of the way they have fixed (hard-coded) the size of their text. You can also set a minimum font size for all the web pages you visit in your browser preferences as an alternative to using the'Text Zoom' option. To do so:

  1. Click on the 'Edit' menu with the mouse or press 'Alt'+'E'.
  2. Click on 'Preferences' or press 'E' to open the preferences dialog box.
  3. 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.
  4. 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'.
  5. 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.
  6. Now click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to return to Netscape.

Making text larger in Opera

Instructions

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 numberpad '+' and '-' keys. Each press will increase or decrease the size by 10%. However the changes will not be remembered next time you open Opera.
To permanently increase or decrease the size of the text follow these steps:

Opera versions 6 and 7

  1. Click on the 'File' menu with the mouse and then click 'Preferences' or press 'Alt' + 'F'
  2. Click on 'Page Style' from the list of option on the left or press the 'down' arrow key to highlight it.
  3. 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.
  4. Click the 'OK' button or press 'Enter' to return to Opera.

Opera version 8

  1. Click on the 'Tools'' menu with the mouse and then click on 'Preferences' or press 'Ctrl' + 'F12'.
  2. Click on the 'Web pages' tab with the mouse or press 'Ctrl' + 'Tab' to cycle through the tabs until 'Web pages' is selected.
  3. 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.
  4. Click the 'OK' button or press 'Enter' to return to Opera.

Making text larger in Windows 95,98,2000,Me

This page explains the three ways you can make text easier to see in earlier versions of Windows

Introduction

Many people find the text on the screen difficult to read, for example if you are working at a higher screen resolution or using a laptop with a smaller screen you may find the text too small to read easily. Also if you have a vision impairment you may also want to increase the size of the text to make it easier to read.
You can increase the size of the text within Windows; this includes icon text, menus, message boxes and the items in Windows Explorer and the Control Panel.
This section shows you how to change your text size in Windows, choose one of the following links to find out more.

Changing your screen resolution

  1. Click the 'Start' button, or press the 'Windows' logo key on your (located between the 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Settings' or press 'S'.
  3. Click on 'Control Panel' or press 'C'.
  4. Double click on 'Display' or press the 'D' key repeatedly until 'Display' is highlighted and press 'Enter' to bring up the 'Display Properties'
  5. Click on the 'Settings' tab or press 'Control' + 'Tab' until the settings tab is at the front.
  6. Click and drag the slider underneath the heading Screen area (resolution) to a lower setting than what is already there, for example 640 by 480 or 800 by 600 or press 'Alt' + 'S' to select the screen area (resolution) slider bar and then press the 'left' or 'right' arrow keys to adjust the slider bar.
  7. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to close the dialog box and see the changes you have made.

Using large fonts

Follow the steps 1 to 5 above to go to the 'Settings' tab of the display properties dialog box:

  1. Click on the 'Advanced' button, or press 'Alt' + 'D' to bring up the advanced properties.
  2. Press 'Alt' + 'F ', or use the mouse to select the font size option.
  3. Using the mouse click on the down arrow in this box, or press 'Alt' + 'Down arrow'. This will display the options in the list. You can move through the list using the mouse or arrow keys. When the selection you want is highlighted, click on it or press the enter key. Read on for a description of the options.
  4. Font size is usually set to 'Small Fonts.' The two options you have are 'Large Fonts' and 'Other'. Choosing large fonts will increase the size of the fonts to 125% of their current size. If you want to go any larger than this then you should select the 'Other' option (see the next section for instructions).
  5. If you have chosen large fonts then you can just click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to return to the display properties. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter' again to return to Windows you may be asked to restart your computer at this point, so do so. When you return to Windows, you should find that the font size has increased. If you want to choose a font size higher than 125% then skip to the next section.

Only read this part if you chose ' Other ' as the font size

Choosing 'Other' as a font size allows you to choose a font size above 125%, although the largest font you can get away with is determined by your screen resolution. for example at a resolution of 800 * 600 the largest font size you can usefully use is 125% - above this and you will find that some dialog boxes do not fit on the screen anymore due to being stretched to accommodate the new font size. It is best to experiment to find the right font size for you.
To choose a larger font size:

  1. Follow the previous section through until you choose 'Large Fonts' from the font size list. Instead choose 'Other'.
  2. Click on the 'drop down' box next to 'Scale fonts to be ' or press 'Alt' + 'S' and, using the up and down arrow keys, choose a new value and press 'Enter' , or type one in (between 75% and 200%), and press 'Enter' or click 'OK' to return to the the Advanced display page. Press 'Enter' or click 'OK' to return to 'Display Properties' and press 'Enter' or click 'OK' once again to return back to Windows.
  3. You will probably be asked to restart your computer before the new font sizes take effect. If so click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to restart your computer.

Schemes

Font sizes and styles can also be changed using schemes. A schemeis a collection of styles that can be applied to Windows . A scheme can contain for example information on font styles and sizes, background and foreground colours for.
To choose a scheme:

  1. Click the 'Start' button, or press the 'Windows' logo key on your (located between the 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Settings' or press 'S'.
  3. Click on 'Control Panel' or press 'C'.
  4. Double click on 'Display' or press the 'D' key until the 'Display' item is highlighted and press 'Enter'. This will bring up the 'display properties'
  5. Click on the 'Appearance' tab or press 'Ctrl' + 'Tab' until it is at the front.
  6. Click in the drop down box below Schemes or press 'Alt' + 'S' to jump to this box.
  7. Use the up and down arrows or the mouse to browse through the list of schemes. As each scheme is selected, the changes this scheme will make are shown in the window of this dialog box.
  8. Several of the schemes available include large fonts and or high visibility colours. All of these have either the words: Large, Extra Large or High Contrast within their name so you may want to try these out first.
  9. Once you have selected a scheme that you like click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to select it. Press 'Enter' again to return to Windows.
  10. If you want to try a different scheme, just run through these steps again.

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.

Making text larger in Windows XP

This page explains the three ways you can make text easier to see in the XP versions of Windows

Changing your screen resolution

  1. Click the Start button, or press the 'Windows' logo key (located between the 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Control Panel' or press 'C' until 'Control Panel' is selected and then press 'Enter'. Note: on earlier versions of XP you will need to click on 'Settings' or press the letter 'S' on the keyboard first.
  3. If you see the text 'Pick a category' as the main title on the page and under the Control Panel title you can see 'Switch to Classic View' you need to click the 'Switch to Classic View' (you are currently in 'Category View' ) by clicking on the link or press 'Tab' until the 'Switch to Classic View' is selected and then press 'Enter'.
  4. Double click on 'Display' or press the 'D' key repeatedly until 'Display' is highlighted and press 'Enter' to bring up the 'Display Properties' window.
  5. Click and drag the slider underneath the heading 'Screen resolution' to a lower setting than what is already there, for example - 640 by 480 or 800 by 600. Alternatively, press 'Alt' + 'S' to select the screen resolution slider bar and then press the 'left' or 'right' arrow keys to change settings.
  6. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to close the dialog box and see the changes you have made.

Using large fonts

  1. Click the Start button, or press the 'Windows' logo key (located between the 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Control Panel' or press 'C' until 'Control Panel' is selected and then press 'Enter'. Note: on earlier versions of XP you will need to click on 'Settings' or press the letter 'S' on the keyboard first.
  3. Double click on 'Display' or press the 'D' key repeatedly until 'Display' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'. This should bring up the 'Display properties' window .
  4. Click on the 'Appearance' tab or press 'Control' + 'Tab' until the 'Appearance tab' is at the front.
  5. Under 'Font size' click on the drop down menu to change it to large or extra large. Alternatively press 'Alt' + 'F' on the keyboard and then use the up and down arrows to select the font size followed by 'Enter'. You may need to press 'Enter' or click 'OK' again to return to Windows.

Changing appearance

It is possible to change the font size for the individual elements within Windows such as menu's and title bars.

  1. Using the mouse, Click the 'start menu' button or alternatively you can press the 'Windows' logo key (or 'Ctrl' + 'Esc' ).
  2. Click on 'Control Panel' or press 'C' until 'Control Panel' is selected and then press 'Enter'. Note: on earlier versions of XP you will need to click on 'Settings' or press the letter 'S' on the keyboard first.
  3. Double click on 'Display' or press the 'D' key repeatedly until 'Display' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  4. Click on the 'Appearance' tab or press 'Control' + 'Tab' until the 'Appearance' tab is at the front.

In order to change the font for individual items, you need to make sure that the 'Windows and buttons' setting is set to 'Windows Classic style'.

  1. Click in the 'Windows and buttons' drop down box and choose 'Windows Classic Style' or press 'Alt' + 'W' and then press the 'down' arrow until 'Windows Classic Style' is selected and press 'Enter'.
  2. Click on the 'Advanced' button or press 'Alt' + 'A' to display the 'Advanced appearance' page.

As an example we'll change the font style of all the menus through out Windows from 8 point MS Sans Serif to 10 point MS Comic Sans. If you do not want to keep these changes, you can just press cancel at the end of the instructions.

  1. Click on the drop down box below the 'Item' heading, or press 'Alt' + 'I' to jump there.
  2. Use either the mouse or the up and down arrow keys to navigate through the list of items. Each of these items can be modified individually. Move down the list until 'Menu' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'. Any font changes you now make will only apply to 'Menu' items throughout Windows.
  3. Click in the 'Font' drop down box or press 'Alt'+ 'F' to select it. Use the mouse or the arrow keys to select the font you want to use, for example 'Comic Sans MS (western)'.
  4. Click in the 'Size' box to the right of the 'Font' drop down box or press 'Alt' + 'E' to jump there.
  5. Use the mouse or the arrow keys to scroll through the different sizes and either click on the size you want, for example 'size 10' , and then click 'OK', or having selected the size you want with the arrow keys, press 'Enter'. Alternatively, just type in '10' into the size box and press 'Enter'.
  6. Now click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to return to Windows.

Now look at a menu to see the changes you have made. If you are still not happy with the font, repeat the above steps until you find a font style and size that works for you.
Apart from the menus within Windows, many other items can also have their font styles changed. Just follow the above instructions, choosing from the item list.
The following items can all have their font style changed:

  1. Active titlebar
  2. Icon
  3. Inactive titlebar
  4. Menu
  5. Message box
  6. Palette title
  7. Selected items
  8. Tooltip

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.

Magnifying the screen

If increasing the text size via the browser or Windows options does not make text easy to read then the next step is to magnify the screen

Already on your computer

All recent versions of Windows include magnification software which can help some people more easily read text on the screen.

The Windows magnifier lets you increase text to a very large size. It is, however, restricted to a small portion of the screen so most vision impaired people find that they require fully-functional magnification software.

This section shows you how to use the Windows magnifier . Please follow one of the links to find our more:

Magnifying the screen in Windows 95,98,2000,Me

This page gives you step-by-step instructions on how to launch Magnifier in earlier versions of Windows

Instructions

Open the Window's Magnifier using the following steps:

  1. Open the 'Start' menu by clicking on the 'Start' button or by pressing the 'Windows' logo key (located between the 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Programs' or alternatively press 'P' on the keyboard until 'Programs' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  3. Click on 'Accessories' or press 'A' on the keyboard until 'Accessories' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  4. Click on 'Accessibility' or if you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted so just press 'Enter'.
  5. Click on 'Magnifier' or press 'M' and when 'Magnifier' is highlighted, press 'Enter' on the keyboard.
  6. The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears.
  7. You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification, or use the up and down arrow keys.
  8. You can minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button or by pressing 'Alt' + 'Spacebar' and then press 'N'.

Magnifying the screen Windows XP

This page gives you step-by-step instructions on how to launch Magnifier in the XP versions of Windows

Instructions

Open the Windows magnifier using the following steps:

  1. Open the 'Start' menu by clicking on the 'Start' button or by pressing the Windows logo key (located between the 'Ctrl' and 'Alt' keys on most keyboards ) alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'Programs' or alternatively press 'P' on the keyboard until 'Programs' is highlighted and then 'Enter'.
  3. Click on 'Accessories' or press 'A' on the keyboard until 'Accessories' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  4. Click on 'Accessibility' or if you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted so just press 'Enter'.
  5. Click on 'Magnifier' or press 'M' and when 'Magnifier' is highlighted, press 'Enter' on the keyboard.
  6. The magnifier is now turned on and the settings box appears.
  7. You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification or use the up and down arrow keys.
  8. You can minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button or by pressing 'Alt' + 'Space' and then press 'N'.

Making your computer talk

This section tells you about the different ways you can make your computer talk

Making your computer talk with Window's Narrator

This page gives you step-by-step instructions on how to launch Narrator

Introduction

Many people who have a significant vision or literacy difficulty would benefit from having their computer speak back what they are typing and other text on the screen.

Windows Narrator is a basic screen-reading program. It offers speech feedback for all menus and dialog boxes, Windows Explorer and Notepad but will not speak out a whole Word documents or web page.

Please note: Window's Narrator is only available for Windows 2000 and XP.

Instructions

To start Narrator:

  1. Open the 'Start' menu by clicking on the 'Start' button or by pressing the Windows logo key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most keyboards), alternatively press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
  2. Click on 'All Programs' or alternatively press 'P' on the keyboard until All Programs is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  3. Click on 'Accessories' or press 'A' on the keyboard until 'Accessories' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  4. Click on 'Accessibility' or if you are using the keyboard, it will already be highlighted so just press 'Enter'.
  5. Click on 'Narrator' or press'N' until 'Narrator' is highlighted and then press 'Enter'.
  6. The 'Microsoft Narrator' window will then appear and 'Narrator' immediately starts talking and reads out the instructions on how to use this feature.
  7. After clicking on the 'OK' button or pressing 'Enter' , another window appears which has various options which you can select by clicking on the checkbox or tabbing to the checkbox and pressing the 'Spacebar'. You can also adjust the voice settings from here by clicking on the 'Voice' button or pressing 'V' on the keyboard.

Other ways to make your computer talk

This page introduces text to speech software for Windows

Text to speech software

Although we have seen how Windows' Narrator (available in Windows 2000 and XP) can offer some speech output to help those with a vision impairment or literacy difficulty, it does not allow for the speaking back of chunks of text in your document or web page.

There are a number of text to speech programs that are either freeware or shareware that allow any text that can be selected with the keyboard or mouse to be spoken back in a range of different voices.

This may be a very valuable facility for someone who needs to give their eyes a rest or who has difficulties with reading.

One such program is ReadPlease.

You can download a free copy of ReadPlease here.

There are various speech output software packages that can also be used with your browser (talking browsers), as well as speech output software designed especially for this purpose.

Web based text to speech software

There are two main technologies that enable websites to be read out loud, one is called Browsealoud the other ReadSpeaker, they work it slightly different ways but both need websites to sign up to be 'enabled ' but they are free to web users.

Browsealoud

To use Browsealoud you need to download and install the software,when it is running simply move the mouse over some text on a web page and it is read out, no clicking or selecting of text is required.

To view a list on enabled websites and download a copy of the software visit the Browsealoud website.

ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker speech enabled sites have a 'SayIt' button as shown above, when you click on it or 'Tab' to it and press 'Enter' the web page/text will be read out in a new window. Unlike Browsealoud there is no need to download and install software to make it work.

To find out more about ReadSpeaker and view the list of websites that it supports visit the main ReadSpeaker website at readspeaker.net.