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Built-In Accessibility Features

Technology is everywhere. Everyone has some type of a device, whether that be a computer, tablet or smart phone. Small fonts and bright screens can hurt the eyes and make reading difficult for even those with the best vision.  Because of this, it can be frustrating, and almost impossible, for people with impaired vision to do things like look up a website or see a friends Facebook page. However, what most people don’t realize is that, Mac, Windows and Google have built-in accessibility features. With these five tips, navigating the internet will be so much easier!

Screen Magnifier

Most computer operating systems allow you to increase the size of Web pages and text on your computer screen, making them much more visible.

  • To zoom in – Hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and tapping the “+” key.
  • To zoom out – Hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard while tapping the “-” key.
  • To return the view to actual size, hit “0” key while holding “Ctrl”
  • On a Mac computer, simplyuse the “Command” key instead of“Ctrl”Keyboard Accessibility keys

F11 Key

By pressing the F11 key, you can make your Internet Browser go to full screen. If you want to return to normal view, simply press the F11 key again.

Search Tool

It’s difficult to find what exactly you are looking for especially when the page just goes on and on. By pressing Ctrl + F, you will open a search box where you can search for text within the webpage.

Contrast Adjustments

If you have low vision, you might want to consider high contrast settings on your screen. This can easily be accessed in the control panel of your PC, under the Themes tab. On a Mac, contrast adjustments can be accessed in System Preferences and then under Displays.

Dark text displayed against light backgrounds is considered the BEST color combination for those with low vision.

Narrator

Every operating system is equipped with a Narrator tool. A quick way to access this tool is to press the Windows Logo key, and then type “Narrator.” Hit the Enter key, and the program should begin running immediately.

If on a Mac computer, choose the Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, and Speech. Select the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed.”

Google + has Add on’s that will read the script to you.  To dictate a document choose Tools and click Voice Typing.

There are so much more helpful tricks. Under the “Settings” tab, many web browsers have built-in accessibility tools, such as changing font sizes and types. If you or a loved one is currently living with low vision, please contact us at hopevisionfoundation.org. Don’t let low vision keep you out of the loop on what’s happening in the world.