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    This section is here to help you get the most from the features on your computer so that you can view UniHub in the most accessible way for your needs. We have worked hard to make this site accessible to a wide audience and to ensure a better experience for all users and all technologies. However we welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback you have for us, please feel free to contact us.

    There are many simple changes that you can make to improve the accessibility of your computer or browser, here are the ones we have outlined below:

    • Magnifying your screen
    • Text resizing
    • Changing your browser background colours
    • Changing the font in your browser
    • Making your computer text speak aloud

    Note: If these changes do not work, it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

    • Accessibility changes

      • Magnifying your screen

        You may find text or photographs too small to read comfortably at standard sizes. One way of improving your experience is to magnify your computer screen.

        Windows

        You may have been using Windows for years and not realized it features a built-in Magnifier that works much like a magnifying glass does. You can even adjust the Magnifier zoom level and focus wherever you want to. The guide to making this adjustment different depending on which edition of Windows you are using:

        Apple Mac

        You can zoom in and out of your screen simply using keyboard shortcuts

        • To zoom in: press Command (⌘)-Option (⌥)-Equal Sign (=)
        • To zoom out, press Command (⌘)-Option (⌥)-Minus Sign (-).
      • Text resizing

        Alongside browser zooming, another way to read words that you find too small is to resize the text. Most modern browsers (Firefox 3.6, Internet Explorer  7, Chrome and Safari 4 and later versions of all) feature in-built accessibility tools which include zoom and text-resizing.

        You can change the text size or adjust the page zoom in your browser by following these instructions:

        For PC computers

        • press the Control and + keys simultaneously to increase text of the page
        • press the Control and - keys simultaneously to decrease the text of the page
        • press the Control and 0 keys simultaneously to return to the default text size

        For Macintosh computers

        • press the Command and + keys simultaneously to increase text of the page
        • press the Command and - keys simultaneously to decrease the text of the page
        • press the Command and 0 keys simultaneously to return to the default text size
      • Changing your browser background colours

        You may find some of text and background colour combinations difficult to read. For example, you may prefer to always read white text on a black background. Most web browsers allow you to control the colours of web pages. Here are the ways you can do this on some of the more popular browsers

        Internet Explorer

        1. On the menu, go to Tools > Internet Options
        2. On the Internet Options box, click the Colours button (at the bottom left corner).
        3. Untick the Use Windows colours box, change the text and background colours to the colours you require then click OK.
        4. Click the Accessibility button (in the bottom right corner).
        1. Tick the Ignore colours specified on Web pages box and click OK.
        2. Click OK on the Internet Options dialog box to close it and apply the new settings.

        FireFox

        1. On the menu, go to Tools > Options
        2. On the Options dialog box, click the Content tab (at the top)
        3. Now, click the Colours button.
        4. Untick the Use system colours box and select the colours you want for the background and text (black and grey for example)
        5. Untick the Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above box
        6. Click OK to close the Colours dialog box.
        7. Click OK to close the Options dialog box and apply the new settings

        Google Chrome

        Unfortunately Google Chrome has no in-built option to change the background colour of webpages. However an app can be downloaded and installed to your Chrome browser to achieve this. You can download it here.

      • Changing the font in your browser

        Internet explorer

        1. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
        2. Click the General tab, and then do one or both of the following:
          • To change the font, click Fonts. Specify the fonts you want to use, and then click OK.
          • To change colours, click Colours, and then clear the Use Windows colours check box. Click each colour box, click the colour you want to switch to, and then click OK. When you're done choosing colours, click OK.
        3. Click OK.

        Google Chrome

        Please see the official Chrome website covering this

        Firefox

        Please see the official Chrome website covering this

        Safari

        Note: Due to Safari browser limitations please be aware that most web pages will not change from their standard fonts.

        1. Click on the Appearance icon
        2. Click on Select next to Standard font. This will bring up the Fonts window.
        3. Click on the font in the Family list
      • Making your computer read text aloud

        If you have trouble reading text on a browser, there are ways in which you can make your computer speak the text aloud for you.

        Windows

        Step 1: Finding and using Narrator

        • Open the Ease of Access Center window by pressing Windows key + U, or by clicking the Start button, followed by Control Panel, then Ease of Access, then Ease of Access Center.
        • Under the Quick access to common tools header, click Start Narrator. This will start Narrator for current use.

        Step 2: Set Narrator to start every time
        Note: These steps will make Narrator start automatically when you log in.

        • Open the Ease of Access Center window as in Step 1. Under the Explore all settings header, click on Use the computer without a display, and press Enter.
        • Under the Have text read aloud header, tick the box next to Turn on Narrator

        Step 3: Tell Narrator what to read
        Once you have turned on Narrator, you can select which things Narrator will read aloud.
        If you want text to be read aloud as you type, tick the box next to Echo User's Keystrokes.
        If you want to have system messages read aloud, tick the box next to Announce System Messages.

        • If you want to hear screen scrolls, tick the box next to Announce Scroll Notifications.
        • If you want the settings box minimised at start-up, tick the box next to Start Narrator Minimized.
        • When you are finished, minimise the settings window by clicking on the Minimize button on the title bar.

        Apple

        The Mac OX operating system comes with a screen reader called VoiceOver. A full guide to accessing and using VoiceOver to read website text aloud can be found here.

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