Step-by-step Make web­sites eas­ier to read

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - EXPLORE | MAKE WEBSITES EASIER TO READ -

Quick re­siz­ing 1

The eas­i­est way to make a web­site eas­ier to read is to in­crease the size of the fonts used on the site. Thank­fully, it’s easy to in­crease (or de­crease) the text size with­out ad­di­tional tools. When on a web­site, hold the [Ctrl] but­ton on your key­board, then use the scroll wheel of your mouse to in­crease and de­crease the size. You can also press the [Ctrl] + [+] or [-] keys to al­ter the sizes.

Smarter re­siz­ing 2

The first step is an easy way to in­crease text and images on web­sites, but if you want a method that gives you greater con­trol, you’ll need some add-ons. For Mi­crosoft Edge, open up the Win­dows Store and search for ‘Zoom for Mi­crosoft Edge’. Click on Get and it will be added to the web browser, mak­ing it eas­ier to zoom. For Chrome, try Zoomy, and for Fire­fox try NoSquint Plus.

Change the de­fault font size 3

If you find a text size that makes web­sites read­able, and you want to keep it that way, then you can change the de­fault font size in Win­dows. This has the added ben­e­fit of chang­ing the font size in menus and apps as well. To do this, right-click on your desk­top and select Dis­play Set­tings. Then, where it says ‘Scale and lay­out’, select a per­cent­age above 100%.

Clean up web­sites 4

Web­sites can of­ten be clut­tered, with an over­abun­dance of animations, ad­verts and other dis­trac­tions. Tools, such as Mer­cury Reader (https://mer­­, can re­move these, leav­ing text and images for a more read­able experience. Mer­cury Reader is only avail­able for Google Chrome, but there are al­ter­na­tives for Edge and Fire­fox, such as Ad­block.

High­light text and write notes 5

Mi­crosoft Edge comes with a bril­liant note-tak­ing fea­ture that lets you an­no­tate web­sites, add com­ments and high­light im­por­tant text. This can make web­sites more read­able if they are text heavy and you want to add a few notes and re­minders. To use it, click or tap on the ‘Make a Web Note’ icon in the top-right cor­ner of Edge – the icon looks like a pen writ­ing a note.

Read a web­site to another de­vice 6

In­stall the Pocket ex­ten­sion for Edge, Fire­fox or Chrome and you’ll be able to save your favourite web pages for read­ing later – even when you’re off­line. With the Pocket ex­ten­sion in­stalled on all your de­vices, you can also switch from one de­vice to another and still see the same page you were look­ing at when you open your browser. See page 32 of is­sue 136 for more Pocket good­ness.

Find on a page 7

If you’re read­ing a web page full of text, you may find it easy to lose your place – or you may want to jump to a cer­tain sec­tion. In any browser, press [Ctrl] + [F] while on a web­site to open up the ‘Find on page’ text box. Here, type in the word or phrase you want to find, and it will be high­lighted. Ar­rows next to the search box let you jump to every in­stance of the word or phrase found.

Make read­ing eas­ier at night 8

Many of us like to have a browse of the in­ter­net be­fore bed, but read­ing web­sites at night can cause dis­com­fort, as our eyes strain un­der re­duced light. The type of light emit­ted by PC screens can also af­fect our sleep pat­terns. A re­cent fea­ture in Win­dows 10 helps re­duce this – right-click your desk­top and select Dis­play Set­tings. At the top, where it says ‘Night light’, switch it to On.

En­able high con­trast colours 9

All ver­sions of Win­dows come with a range of ac­ces­si­bil­ity pro­grams that can help peo­ple use their PCs. If you strug­gle to read or see web­sites, then us­ing a high con­trast colour scheme may help. To use it in Win­dows 10, go to Set­tings > ‘Ease of Ac­cess’. From the win­dow that ap­pears, click on ‘High con­trast’ then select a theme that makes read­ing web­sites eas­ier for you.

Use the screen mag­ni­fier 10

Win­dows comes with a mag­ni­fier that can en­large parts of the screen when you mouse over it. To ac­ti­vate it, select Mag­ni­fier un­der Set­tings > ‘Ease of Ac­cess’ then flick its switch to On. It will work from now on. You’ll also see an icon of a mag­ni­fy­ing glass on the screen. When­ever your mouse over it, click on the ar­rows to see fur­ther op­tions, such as zoom lev­els and dif­fer­ent views.

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