The new Microsoft Edge  comes with built-in accessibility options to help you browse the web in a way that best suits your needs.

Make text larger

In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  and then choose Zoom in , Zoom out,  or Full screen . Or use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Press this

To do this

 Ctrl + plus sign (+)

Zoom in by 25%

 Ctrl + minus sign (-)

Zoom out by 25%

 Ctrl + zero (0)

Reset zoom level to default

 Ctrl + Scroll wheel up

Zoom in

 Ctrl + Scroll wheel down

Zoom out

F11

Toggle between full screen and exit full screen

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other webpages to you. With your webpage open, right-click or press and hold anywhere on the page and select Read aloud  . You can also select Settings and more   and then Read aloud. Or use the following keyboard shortcut:

Press this

To do this

 Ctrl + Shift + U

Start or stop Read Aloud

See Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Read more comfortably

The immersive reader in Microsoft Edge provides a cleaner, simpler layout with fewer distractions. Change the theme and text size to what's most comfortable for you.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, navigate to the page that you want to read.

  2. Select Enter immersive reader on the address bar (it’s only available on some webpages).

  3. Under Text preference, select the text size, and change the page theme to one of 23 options.

You can use the following keyboard shortcut for Immersive Reader:

Press this

To do this

 F9

Enter or exit Immersive Reader

Use a keyboard to surf the web

Using just your keyboard, you can quickly move focus through the major sections of your browser, such as:

  • Browser tabs

  • Address and search bar

  • Favorites bar (if available)

  • Webpage content

  • Certain popup dialogs

Press this

To do this

 F6

Cycle through browser elements

If you turn on caret browsing, you can move the caret around within a web page using the Up, Down, Left, and Right directional arrow keys and Home, Page Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard.

To select text or other elements on the page, hold down Shift, while moving the caret.

Press this

To do this

 F7

Toggle caret browsing on or off

You can use the Tab key to move quickly through items on the screen, such as:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields in forms on the web

  • The address and search bar

  • Buttons on the toolbar

  • Browser tabs

Press this

To do this

Tab

Move focus to the next item

Shift + Tab

Move focus to the previous item

When you move focus to the browser tabs, menus, or lists, you can use the Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys to move focus from item to item. 

You can also rearrange the position browser tabs (if you have more than one open) or items in your favorites bar. To move an item using keyboard commands, you must have the focus on that item.

Press this

To do this

Alt + Shift + Left Arrow

Move the focused item to the left

Alt + Shift + Right Arrow

Move the focused item to the right

Alt + Shift + Up Arrow

Move the focused item up

Alt + Shift + Down Arrow

Move the focused item down

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Use high contrast for better readability

High contrast makes the screen easier to read. 

  1. Select Start  Settings  Ease of Access  High contrast. Under Use high contrast, set the Turn on high contrast toggle to On.

  2. Choose a theme, select a high contrast theme, and then select Apply.

Press this

To do this

Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen

Turn on high-contrast mode or turn it off

Zoom in on a webpage

In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  and then choose Zoom in , Zoom out,  or Full screen . Or, use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Press this

To do this

 Command + Plus (+)

Zoom in by 25%

 Command + Minus (-)

Zoom out by 25%

 Command + 0

Reset zoom level to default

 Ctrl + Command + F

Toggle between full screen and exit full screen

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other webpages to you. With your webpage open, right-click or press and hold anywhere on the page and select Read aloud  . You can also select Settings and more   and then Read aloud. Or, use the following keyboard shortcut:

Press this

To do this

 Command + Shift + U

Start or stop Read Aloud

Read more comfortably

The immersive reader in Microsoft Edge provides a cleaner, simpler layout with fewer distractions. Change the theme and text size to what's most comfortable for you.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, navigate to the page that you want to read.

  2. Select Enter immersive reader on the address bar (it’s only available on some webpages).

  3. Under Text preference, select the text size, and change the page theme to one of 23 options.

You can use the following keyboard shortcut for Immersive Reader:

Press this

To do this

 F9

Enter or exit Immersive Reader

See Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Use a keyboard to surf the web

To use your keyboard to surf the web, you need to set System Preferences on your Mac.

You can use the Tab key to move quickly through items on the screen, such as:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields in forms on the web

  • The address and search bar

  • Buttons on the toolbar

Press this

To do this

Tab

Move focus to the next item

Shift + Tab

Move focus to the previous item

When you move focus to the browser tabs, menus, or lists, you can use the Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys to move focus from item to item. 

You can also rearrange the position browser tabs (if you have more than one open) or items in your favorites bar. To move an item using keyboard commands, you must have the focus on that item.

Press this

To do this

Option + Shift + Left Arrow

Move the focused item to the left

Option + Shift + Right Arrow

Move the focused item to the right

Option + Shift + Up Arrow

Move the focused item up

Option + Shift + Down Arrow

Move the focused item down

If you turn on caret browsing, you can move the caret around within a web page using the Up, Down, Left, and Right directional arrow keys and Home, Page Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard.

To select text or other elements on the page, hold down Shift, while moving the caret.

Press this

To do this

 F7

Toggle caret browsing on or off

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Need more help?

Join the discussion
Ask the community
Get support
Contact Us

Was this information helpful?

What affected your experience?

Thank you for your feedback!

×