Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge

Note: This article is for the new Microsoft Edge . Get help for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge.

 

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 (25%)

 Ctrl + minus sign (-)

Zoom out (25%)

 Ctrl + zero (0)

Reset zoom level to 100%

 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

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 Light, Sepia, Gray, or Dark.

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

Press the F6 key to cycle through elements like:

  • The tab bar

  • Address and search bar

  • Favorites bar (if available)

  • Webpage content

  • Downloads bar (if available)

  • Certain popup dialogs

Press the F7 key to toggle caret browsing on or off. You can move the caret around within a webpage using the Up, Down, Left and Right directional arrow keys and Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard. To select text or other content, hold down Shift while moving the caret.

Press Shift + F10  to open the context menu for the item that's currently in focus.

Press the Tab key to move forward, and Shift + Tab to move backward through screen elements like these:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • HTML frames

  • Tabs (once you get to a tab, use the arrow keys to move between tabs)

    • Press Ctrl + Left Arrow to move the focused tab to the left.

    • Press Ctrl + Right Arrow to move the focused tab to the right.

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Use high contrast for better readability

To turn on high-contrast mode, press Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen on your keyboard. Or, select Start  > Settings > Ease of Access  > High contrast. Under Use high contrast, set the Turn on high contrast toggle to On. Choose a theme, select a high contrast theme, and then select Apply.

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 (25%)

 Command + Minus (-)

Zoom out (25%)

 Command + 0

Reset zoom level to 100%

 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 Light, Sepia, Gray, or Dark.

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

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

Press the Tab key to move forward, and Shift + Tab to move backward through screen elements like these:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • Tabs (once you get to a tab, use the arrow keys to move between tabs)

    • Press Cmd + Ctrl + Left Arrow to move the focused tab to the left.

    • Press Cmd + Ctrl + Right Arrow to move the focused tab to the right.

  • HTML frames

Press the F7 key to toggle caret browsing on or off. You can move the caret around within a webpage using the Up, Down, Left and Right directional arrow keys and Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard. To select text or other content, hold down Shift while moving the caret.

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

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