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

In this article

Make text larger

Have the web read aloud to you

Read more comfortably

Get image descriptions for screen readers

High visibility outline

Use a keyboard to surf the web

Caret browsing

Tab browsing

Use high contrast for better readability

Ask before closing windows with tabs

Customize caption style

Windows 11 

In Windows 11 all accessibility features can be found on a single settings page in Microsoft Edge.

  • Go to Settings and more Settings  > Accessibility .

Make text larger

To enlarge a single web page 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

Switch between full screen and exit full screen

To set the default zoom level for all websites in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more > Settings  > Accessibility and select the desired zoom level from the drop-down menu under Page zoom.

Easily manage zoom levels for specific sites by selecting Zoom levels.

Microsoft Edge menu setting to adjust page zoom.

You can also enlarge text in Windows. Changes you make here will apply to most of the text on your device.

  • In Windows 11, select Start  Settings   > Accessibility  > Text size. Drag the slider until the sample text is easy to read, then select Apply.

  • In Windows 10, select Start  Settings   > Ease of access  > Display Make text bigger. Drag the slider until the sample text is easy to read, then select Apply

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other web pages to you. With your web page open, select and hold (right-click) anywhere on the page and choose Read aloud . You can also go to Settings and more  and then select 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 web pages).

  3. Under Text preferences, 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

Get image descriptions from Microsoft

Microsoft Edge can detect unlabeled images and generate descriptions. Image descriptions can be read aloud by screen readers in English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. 

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  > turn on Get image descriptions from Microsoft for screen readers, and select Yes, I'm in.

  3. When this feature is turned on, Microsoft Edge will automatically generate descriptions for unlabeled images on any website.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for Get image descriptions.

High visibility focus indicator 

The high visibility focus indicator creates a black and white outline around a focused element on a web page. The outline will appear when you select a link or text area and when using keyboard navigation, such as the Tab key.

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  and turn on Show a high visibility outline around the area of focus on the page.

  3. When this feature is turned on, a black and white outline will appear for three seconds around the focused element on any web page.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for high visibility outline.

Use a keyboard to surf the web

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

  • Browser tabs

  • Address and search bar

  • Favorites bar (if available)

  • Web page content

  • Certain popup dialogs

Press this

To do this

  F6

Move focus to the next browser pane

Shift + F6

Move focus to the previous browser pane

Ctrl + F6

Move focus to the web content pane

Turn on caret browsing

To navigate pages with a text cursor, turn on caret browsing.

Turn caret browsing on or off only for the current session using the keyboard shortcut: 

Press this

To do this

  F7

Turn caret browsing on or off

Turn on caret browsing indefinitely by going to Settings and more > Settings  > Accessibility and turn on Navigate pages with a text cursor.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for how to enable Caret browsing.

With caret browsing on, you can move the caret 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, images, or other elements on the page, hold down Shift while moving the caret. 

For example, to open the menu for an image on the page:

  1. Use the arrow keys to move the caret immediately before the image.

  2. Hold down Shift while moving the caret using the left or right arrow keys to select the image.

  3. Then press Shift+F10 to open the menu for the image.

From this menu, you can do things like copy the image to the clipboard or perform a visual search using the image.

Tab browsing

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 of 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 mode makes the screen easier to read by using more distinct colors.

Turn high contrast mode on or off using the keyboard shortcut: 

Press this

To do this

Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen

Turn high contrast mode on or off

Customize a high contrast theme in Windows: 

  • In Windows 11, select Start  Settings   > Accessibility Contrast themes. Choose a theme from the drop-down menu and select Apply.

  • In Windows 10, select Start  Settings  Ease of Access  > High contrast. Under Use high contrast, set Turn on high contrast to On. Under Choose a theme, select a high contrast theme, and select Apply.

Ask before closing windows with tabs

In Microsoft Edge, you can prevent your browser from closing a window with multiple open tabs by asking for confirmation before you exit.

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  and turn on Ask before closing a window with multiple tabs.

  3. When this feature is turned on, Microsoft Edge will ask for confirmation before closing a window or windows with multiple tabs open.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for how to save a multiple tab window from closing.

Customize caption style

Make your device easier to use without sound by displaying audio as text. 

To access caption preferences in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  and select Open system preferences for captions.

Microsoft Edge menu link to open system preferences for captions.

To access caption preferences in Windows:

  • In Windows 11, select Start Settings  Accessibility  > Captions . Under Captions, choose the caption style from the drop-down menu or select Edit to customize captions.

  • In Windows 10, select Start Settings  Ease of Access  > Closed captions  . Under Closed captions, select from the various drop-down menus to customize captions.

In this article

Zoom in on a web page

Have the web read aloud to you

Read more comfortably

Get image descriptions for screen readers

High visibility outline

Use a keyboard to surf the web

Tab browsing

Caret browsing

Ask before closing windows with tabs

Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge all accessibility features can be found on a single settings page. 

  • Go to Settings and more > Settings > Accessibility .

Zoom in on a web page

To enlarge a single web page 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

Switch between full screen and exit full screen

To set the default zoom level for all websites in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings and more > Settings  > Accessibility and select the desired zoom level from the drop-down menu under Page zoom.

Easily manage zoom levels for specific sites by selecting Zoom levels.

Microsoft Edge menu setting to adjust page zoom.

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other web pages to you. With your web page open, select and hold (right-click) anywhere on the page and choose Read aloud . You can also go to Settings and more  and then select 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 web pages).

  3. Under Text preferences, 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

Get image descriptions from Microsoft

Microsoft Edge can detect unlabeled images and generate descriptions. Image descriptions can be read aloud by screen readers in English, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. 

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more  > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  > turn on Get image descriptions from Microsoft for screen readers, and select Yes, I'm in.

  3. When this feature is turned on, Microsoft Edge will automatically generate descriptions for unlabeled images on any website.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for Get image descriptions.

High visibility focus indicator

The high visibility focus indicator creates a black and white outline around a focused element on a web page. The outline will appear when you select a link or text area and when using keyboard navigation, such as the Tab key.

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility  > and turn on Show a high visibility outline around the area of focus on the page.

  3. When this feature is turned on, a black and white outline will appear for three seconds around the focused element on any web page.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for high visibility outline.

Use a keyboard to surf the web

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

Tab browsing

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

Turn on caret browsing

To navigate pages with a text cursor, turn on caret browsing.

Turn caret browsing on or off only for the current session using the keyboard shortcut: 

Press this

To do this

  F7

Turn caret browsing on or off

Turn on caret browsing indefinitely by going to Settings and more > Settings > Accessibility and turn on Navigate pages with a text cursor

Microsoft Edge menu setting for how to enable Caret browsing.

With caret browsing on, you can move the caret within a web page using the Up, Down, Left, and Right directional arrow keys.

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

For example, to open the menu for an image on the page:

  1. Use the arrow keys to move the caret immediately before the image.

  2. Hold down Shift while moving the caret using the left or right arrow keys to select the image.

  3. Then press Shift+F10 to open the menu for the image.

From this menu, you can do things like copy the image to the clipboard or perform a visual search using the image.

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Ask before closing windows with tabs

In Microsoft Edge, you can prevent your browser from closing a window with multiple open tabs by asking for confirmation before you exit.

To turn this feature on:

  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .

  2. Select Accessibility and turn on Ask before closing a window with multiple tabs.

  3. When this feature is turned on, Microsoft Edge will ask for confirmation before closing a window or windows with multiple tabs open.

Microsoft Edge menu setting for how to save a multiple tab window from closing.

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