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You may choose to change the default text size or font when you're browsing the Web (the default is what the computer does if no one tells it differently). The instructions below are for some of the most commonly-used internet browsers (Microsoft
Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape), and include information about how to override designer-set font and text sizes in favor of your choices.
You can do this as often as you like, as you surf from site to site. If the size doesn't change, the web designers have used a fixed text size; in this case, you can change your settings to ignore specified fonts or text sizes (see below).
If you have a wheel on your mouse, you can hold down the CTRL key and turn the wheel to change the text size.
Your browser defaults to meduim, but it will remember the last text size you used. So, if you want it to always be set to the Largest setting, close all of the windows but one, set the font size to largest, then exit the browser. The next time it comes up, it will be set to largest.
You may also (with your keyboard) use "CTRL" and " + " to increase text size or "CTRL" and " - " to decrease text size. On some keyboards the "+" is a capital "=", but you don't need to use the shift key to change the text size. Hold down "CTRL" with one finger and press the " +/= " key with another. The two keys must be held down together; pressing one after the other won't work.
Mozilla has 16 size gradations, compared to Microsoft IE's five. (If your eyes are really bad, consider downloading Mozilla Firefox and enlarging the text to "billboard.")
You may also use "CTRL" and " ] " to increase text size or "CTRL" and " [ " to decrease text size.
The two keys must be held down together; pressing one after the other won't work.
For more information contact access @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
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