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Font Size and Contrast

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      In many popular web browsers you can easily enlarge the font and increase the contrast. Use these commands on any website you visit.

      Windows Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8

      Font Size

      1. Open the View Menu
      2. Select Text Size
      3. Select a size from Largest to Smallest

      Contrast (Windows 2000 and XP)

      These steps change the color scheme and contrast in every application, not just your web browser.

      1. Click on the Start button 
      2. Open the Control Panel
      3. Open Accessibility Options
      4. In the Accessibility Options window open the Display tab
      5. Click the Use High Contrast checkbox
      6. Click the Settings button for more options including the choice of dark or light color schemes, and click OK
      7. Click OK to apply your changes and close the Accessibility Options

      Firefox 3 on Windows

      Font Size

      1. Open the View Menu
      2. Select Zoom
      3. Select Zoom In or Zoom Out to increase or reduce text size
      4. Or select Reset to return to normal size

      Keyboard shortcuts:

      • Zoom in: Control  + (Plus)
      • Zoom out: Control  – (minus)
      • Reset to normal size: Control 0 (zero)

      Contrast

      1. Open the Tools Menu
      2. Select Options
      3. In the Options window open the Content tab
      4. Click on the Colors button
      5. In the Colors window choose your preferred colors for text, background and links
      6. Uncheck the checkbox that says "Allow pages to choose their own colors"
      7. Click OK to close the Colors window and click OK again to close the Options window and apply your changes

      Firefox on Mac

      Font Size

      1. Open the View Menu
      2. Select Zoom
      3. Select Zoom In or Zoom Out to increase or reduce text size
      4. Or select Reset to return to normal size

      Keyboard shortcuts:

      • Zoom in: Command + (plus)
      • Zoom out: Command  – (minus)
      • Reset to normal size: Command 0 (zero)

      Contrast

      1. Open the Firefox Menu
      2. Select Preferences
      3. In the Preferences window open the Content tab
      4. Click on the Colors button
      5. In the Colors window choose your preferred colors for text, background and links
      6. Uncheck the checkbox that says "Allow pages to choose their own colors"
      7. Click OK to close the Colors window and click OK again to close the Preferences window and apply your changes

      Safari 4, 5 on Mac

      Font Size

      1. Open the View Menu
      2. Select Zoom In or Zoom Out to increase or reduce text size
      3. Or select Actual Size to return to normal size

      Keyboard shortcuts:

      • Zoom in: Command + (plus)
      • Zoom out: Command  – (minus)
      • Reset to normal size: Command 0 (zero)

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