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

Using just your keyboard, you can easily cycle through elements in your browser, such as:

  • The tab bar

  • Address and search bar

  • Favorites bar (if available)

  • Webpage content

  • Downloads bar (if available)

  • 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 screen elements, such as:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • HTML frames

  • Tabs

Press this

To do this

Tab

Move forward through screen elements

Shift + Tab

Move backward through screen elements

When you move to tabs, you can use a different set of keyboard commands to move focus from tab to tab when there are multiple tabs open.

Press this

To do this

Ctrl + Left Arrow

Move focus to the tab to the left

Ctrl + Right Arrow

Move focus to the tab to the right

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 (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.

Use the Tab key to easily cycle through elements in your browser, such as:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • HTML frames

  • Tabs

Press this

To do this

Tab

Move focus to the tab to the left

Shift + Tab

Move focus to the tab to the right

When you move to tabs, you can use a different set of keyboard commands to move focus from tab to tab when there are multiple tabs open.

Press this

To do this

Cmd + Ctrl + Left Arrow

Move focus to the tab to the left

Cmd + Ctrl + Right Arrow

Move focus to the tab to the right

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

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