Internet Explorer Ease of Access options

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Internet Explorer offers many options to help you browse the web more easily.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button  and then select Zoom.

  2. Select a predefined zoom level, or select a custom level by selecting Custom and entering a zoom value.

  1. Open Internet Explorer and press the Alt key to display the menu bar.

  2. Select View, and then select Text size.

  3. Choose to make text larger or smaller than the size on the screen.

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

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • The tabs bar

  • HTML frames

You can also press the F7 key to use caret browsing to select text and move around within a webpage using the standard navigation keys on your keyboard—Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and the arrow keys.

To choose website fonts

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button  and select Internet options.

  2. Select the General tab, and then, under Appearance, select Fonts.

  3. Select the fonts you want to use, select OK, and then select OK again.


To choose website colors

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button  and select Internet options.

  2. Select the General tab, and then, under Appearance, select Colors.

  3. Clear the Use Windows colors check box.

  4. For each color that you want to change, select the color box, select a new color, and then select OK.

  5. Select OK, and then select OK again.


To override all font and color settings for websites

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button  and select Internet options.

  2. Select the General tab, and then, under Appearance, select Accessibility.

  3. Select the Ignore colors specified on webpages, Ignore font styles specified on webpages, and Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check boxes.

  4. Select OK, and then OK again.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button  and select Internet options.

  2. Select the Advanced tab.

  3. Make one or more of the following changes:

    • Set the cursor to determine where to read or magnify. Under Accessibility, select the Move system caret with focus/selection changes check box.

    • Display text in place of pictures. Under Accessibility, select the Always expand Alt text for images check box. Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures check box.

    • Stop page transitions from causing problems with your screen reader or voice recognition software. Under Browsing, clear the Use smooth scrolling check box. Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures check box.

    • Help prevent webpage sounds from interfering with your screen reader. Under Multimedia, clear the Play sounds in webpages check box.

  4. Select OK.

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