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Accessibility

Information on how the Library supports accessibility and inclusivity.

Accessibility in Windows 10 and Microsoft Office

Ease of Access

The Ease of Access Centre can be found in the Windows Control Panel and allows you to:

  • Use your PC without a display. Narrator lets you hear audio descriptions for elements on the screen, like text and buttons.
  • See your screen more clearly. Make the content on your screen bigger using Magnifier, or use high contrast mode.
  • Use your keyboard. Turn on Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys, Filter Keys, or the On-Screen Keyboard.
  • Use your mouse. Change the pointer size, or turn on Mouse Keys to use your keypad to move the mouse.

Increase the size of the display

Make it easier to read what's on your screen by changing the Display from Settings > Ease of Access.

You can make text bigger and enlarge Windows icons, and dialogue boxes to 125% or 150%.

Magnifying your Windows screen

Use Magnifier to make things on the screen easier to see.

Keyboard shortcuts: Hold down the Windows key on the keyboard and the + or - keys to increase and decrease the magnification.

Keyboard shortcuts for magnifying webpages

Hold down Ctrl on the keyboard and scroll using the mouse wheel. 

Or hold down Ctrl on the keyboard and press the or  keys to increase or decrease text to the desired size. To reset, hold down Ctrl and press 0 (zero).

Immersive Reader

Use Immersive Reader to listen to text and change the display across Microsoft applications:

Dictate in Windows

Dictate text using Speech Recognition in Windows. You can use your voice to dictate text to your Windows PC.

Make it easier to focus on tasks

Focus Assist allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused. 

More features to make it easier to focus on tasks.

Accessibility in Mac iOS and iPad

​VoiceOver iOS

VoiceOver gives you auditory descriptions of each onscreen element on your Mac and provides helpful hints along the way.

Mac Accessibility shortcuts.

Dictation iOS

Use your voice to enter text on your Mac. The Dictation feature converts your spoken words into text.

On your Mac choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then select Accessibility. Read Get started with accessibility features on Mac.

On your iPad or iPhone go to Settings > Accessibility. Read Get started with accessibility features on iPad.