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Changing the text size of the site

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Changing the zoom level of the page

Changing the zoom level of the browser window allows the site's content to be expanded while retaining the site's layout and structure. This applies to a single page you are visiting.

On a Windows PC

In Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox browsers, you can use the same keyboard combinations to change the text size:

  • To zoom in, use the key combination Ctrl and + (plus)
  • To zoom out, use the key combination Ctrl and - (minus or dash)
  • To restore the default text size, use the key combination Ctrl and 0

On a Mac

In Apple's Safari browser, you can use a keyboard combination to change the text size:

  • To zoom in, use the key combination Command (the 'Apple' key with the cloverleaf pattern)  and + (plus)
  • To zoom in, use the key combination Command and - (minus or dash)
  • To restore the default text size, use the key combination Command and 0

Changing the browser's standard text size

If you have difficulty reading the text on the screen you can resize it in all pages by changing the default  fonts and sizes

  • In Firefox, go to about:preferences:content. Under Content, Fonts and Colors, you can choose font face and font size.
  • In Internet Explorer, with only one IE window and one tab open, go to Internet Options, Advanced tab, Accessibility section; tick the box for "Reset zoom level for new windows and tabs" Click OK. Set text zoom to a larger or smaller value, say 125%. Close that IE window. When new windows or tabs are opened, the default text zoom will be 125%.
  • In Chrome, go to Settings, scroll to the bottom and select Show advanced settings. Now scroll further to the Web Content section, where you'll find the global page-zoom setting. Click it to choose the default you want.
  • In Apple's Safari browser, go to Preferences, Advanced, and enable the Never Use Font Size Smaller Than option that appears next to the Universal Access heading. Choose a font size such as 14. When you do this, fonts on pages you visit should appear at a size of 14 point or larger.

If you are using any other browser, check its "Help" facility to find out how to do it. There are also other options within your browser to help with accessibility, for example changing the default fonts, foreground and background colours. Check your browser's help facility for instruction on how to use these functions.

Note, that many sites used fixed fonts and font sizes, so zoom is the most reliable method for making readability adjustments.

 

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