Making Things Larger

Increasing Web Page Size

You can use your browser to change the size of text and images in web pages. In Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, youā€™ll find the zoom settings in theĀ ViewĀ menu. You can also use your mouse or keyboard.

In almost all browsers the following controls work:

  • Zoom inĀ by pressingĀ ControlĀ andĀ +, or by holding down the ControlĀ key and scrolling your mouse wheel away from you.
  • Zoom outĀ by pressingĀ ControlĀ andĀ -, or by holding down the ControlĀ key and scrolling your mouse wheel towards you.
  • Return to normal size by pressingĀ Control andĀ 0.

FYI useĀ cmdĀ instead ofĀ ControlĀ on Apple computers.

Magnifying the whole screen

Screen magnifiers make everything on screen bigger. You can increase the size of menus, buttons, text and images.

Windows
Windows Magnifier lets you choose your level of magnification, invert colours for easier reading, track keyboard or mouse movement (or both), and set magnification to start automatically when you turn on your computer.

  1. Click theĀ StartĀ button, or press theĀ Windows
  2. TypeĀ Magnifier, then press theĀ Enter

Mac OSX
Mac OSX Zoom lets you choose your magnification level, set minimum and maximum levels, and track the cursor or keep it in the centre of your view.

  1. OpenĀ System PreferencesĀ from theĀ DockĀ or through theĀ Apple
  2. Open theĀ Universal Access
  3. Select theĀ Seeing

Changing the mouse pointer

The mouse pointer changes depending on where it is and what youā€™re doing. There are ways you can make your mouse pointer more visible and easier to find. If you use Windows or Mac OSX you can change the way your mouse pointer looks and behaves.

Windows
In Windows you can make your mouse pointer larger, change or invert its colour, display a trail behind as it moves, and show its location when you press theĀ ControlĀ key.

  1. Click theĀ StartĀ button, or press theĀ Windows
  2. TypeĀ Ease of Access Center, then press theĀ Enter
  3. SelectĀ Make the mouse easier to use.

Mac OSX
In Mac OSX you can make your mouse pointer larger and adjust its movement sensitivity.

  1. OpenĀ System PreferencesĀ from theĀ DockĀ or through theĀ Apple
  2. Open theĀ Universal Access
  3. Select theĀ Mouse