Navigation Tips

How to zoom into your screen

Some people like to zoom into the screen or web browser in order to see things better.  Here are a few ways of doing it depending on your setup:

  1. On Windows, press the Windows key and plus sign (+) at the same time to zoom in.  You can also use the Magnifier application under Accessories.
  2. On Mac, go to System Preferences, open Universal Access and select the Seeing tab.  Check the box under Zoom to On.
  3. On your Apple device, tap Settings, then General, then Accessibility.  Tap the Zoom button to toggle it to On.

Another option is to use Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) along with the Plus (+) or Minus (-) keys when you’re in a web browser.

How to change the colors or fonts on the page

Some people like to change colors or fonts to see words more clearly.  Most major web browsers have options to do this.

  1. In Internet Explorer, select Tools, Internet Options, General, and Colors, Fonts, or Accessibility.
  2. In Mozilla Firefox, choose Options, Content, and Fonts & Colors.
  3. In Safari, select Preferences, Appearance, and Select (the button next to the font fields).
  4. In Chrome, go to Preferences, Show Advanced Settings, Web Content heading and change the Font Size, Customize Fonts in other ways, or set default Page Zoom.

We recommend a mixture of settings that include enlarging the font size and zooming options for a better viewing experience.

How to find and use a screen reader

Screen readers are text-to-speech software that allow people to read and interact with content in different ways.  Many people who cannon view screen content can use them to allow audio access to web content.

There are free options available including NVDA for Windows and VoiceOver for Mac.  You can also use JAWS for Windows.

Screen readers accept input in a variety of ways, the most common way is through your keyboard.  Some screen readers also accept Braille input.

How to use accessibility tools on mobile

Whether you use an iOS or Android device, there are a number of features on your smart phone designed to improve accessibility to content.

VoiceOver for iOS and TalkBack for Android come with the operating system.  To turn them on follow the instructions below.

Navigate to the Accessibility section on your iOS (Settings, General, Accessibility) or Android (Settings, Accessibility) device to select your settings.