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How to guides

An overview of how users can adapt their computer setup to improve website accessibility.


I can't see very well

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who have difficulty seeing.

Change text and background colours - How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to make things easier to see.

Change your fonts - How to change the font settings in your operating system or web browser to make text easier to read.

Magnify your screen - How to turn on your computer's magnification features.

Make the mouse pointer easier to see - How to change the colour and size of the mouse pointer, or add trails to make it more visible.

Make your computer speak text aloud - How to turn on and customise your computer's text-to-speech features.

Make your text larger - How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to increase the text size, making it easier to see.

Overview: Screenreaders and talking browsers - An overview of third-party screenreaders and talking browsers.

Overview: See the letters on your keyboard better - Products that make the letters on your keyboard more visible.

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I am blind

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who are blind.

Make your computer speak text aloud - How to turn on and customise your computer's text-to-speech features.

Overview: Screenreaders and talking browsers - An overview of third-party screenreaders and talking browsers.

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I can't hear very well

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing.

Content available in British Sign Language (BSL) - How to access signed content on BBC iPlayer and find it elsewhere on the web.

Content available with subtitles - Information about subtitles for online video, and how to turn on subtitles when viewing programmes on BBC iPlayer.

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I find words difficult

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who have difficulty with words.

Change your fonts - How to change the font settings in your operating system or web browser to make text easier to read.

Check your spelling and grammar - How to operate spell-checking software in commonly used programmes.

Make your computer speak text aloud - How to turn on and customise your computer's text-to-speech features.

Make your text larger - How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to increase the text size, making it easier to see.

Overview: Dictionary and thesaurus software - How you can use dictionary and thesaurus software to help you spell better.

Overview: Smart word prediction - An overview of software that helps you type less.

Overview: Symbol browsers - An overview of software that helps people with learning disabilities use the web.

Use voice recognition - How to set up and customise the speech-recognition feature on your operating system.

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I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

These guides explain ways to change how your computer or web browser operates, to make things easier for people who find a mouse difficult to use.

Make your keyboard easier to use - How to change the settings so that the keyboard is more accessible or can be used on-screen.

Make your mouse easier to use - How to change the settings to slow your mouse down, make the mouse left-handed and enlarge the mouse pointer.

Overview: Alternatives to keyboard and mouse - An overview of ways to interact with your computer using different input devices such as switches and touch screens.

Use voice recognition - How to set up and customise the speech-recognition feature on your operating system.

Use your keyboard to control the mouse - How to set up your computer so that you can use the numeric keypad in place of a mouse.

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Information courtesy of the BBC.