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Supporting disabled readers: Personalizing standard software

Subjects: Library Guides

Options in the Operating Systems

Working with Windows®: Most workstations in the Libraries use the Windows operating system. Windows 7 and Windows 10 both allow you to make a more effective use of it (e.g. built in magnifier). Find out more about these options at https://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows10/

Working in Mac OS X®: If you are a Mac user, you can also change it to make it easier for you to be more efficient and work more effectively in a variety of ways. Find out more http://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/osx/.

Working in Mac iOS®: If you are a Mac user, you can also change it to make it easier for you to be more efficient and work more effectively in a variety of ways. Find out more http://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/ios/.

Enhancing your Browser

Have you ever wondered whether your web browser could help you to work in a more effective manner? Look at the videos below to learn how to enhance your browsing experience

Firefox®: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/accessibility-features-firefox-make-firefox-and-we

Safari®: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/

Chrome®: https://www.google.com/accessibility/products-features.html

Making Electronic Documents More Readable

Changing Font Colour and Styles

Using Adobe Reader®: YouTube video with information on how to change the font and background colour of a PDF document you are reading to improve colour contrast

Enlarging Text and reflowing

Using Microsoft Word®: Step-by-step information on how to enlarge and reflow the text of a Word document you are reading. It is generally more appropriate to enlarge the text rather than increase its relative size as this should ensure the document's style and structure are maintained.

Using Adobe Reader®: Step-by-step information on how to enlarge and reflow the text of a PDF document you are reading.

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