Website Accessibility |
Maplewood Computing is committed to accessibility
in both software and our website.
Under the Windows Control Panel, Ease Of Access there are a
number of features that will make your computer screen
easier to see.
Change Your Font Size
Text to Speech
Increase The Size Of What You Can See On The Screen
Change Your Font Size
Change the font size in your computer's operating system or browser.
- Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
- Choose one of the following:
- Smaller - 100% (default). This keeps text and other items at normal size.
- Medium - 125%. This sets text and other items to 125% of normal size.
- Larger - 150%. This sets text and other items to 150% of normal size. This option appears only if your monitor supports a resolution of at least 1200 x 900 pixels.
To see the change, close all of your programs and then
log off of Windows. This change will take effect the next time you
Changing system fonts in Mac OS involves downloading third party software like TinkerTool to make system
wide changes, including font size.
Changing font size in a browser varies depending on which one you're
Text To Speech
Your computer can read aloud text that is printed on the screen.
Narrator is a program that comes with installed with Windows that
reads what is displayed on your screen: the contents of the active
window, menu options, or the text you have typed.
activate the Narrator
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
- Type "Narrator" and hit Enter.
- A new window will appear with Narrator options as you begin to hear what is written on the screen.
Apple's VoiceOver is a built in screen reader that lets you interact
with your Mac based on spoken descriptions.
To start VoiceOver
- Press Command + F5.
- Your computer should begin to speak the content
of your screen.
There are many text to speech add-ons for your web browser.
- Firefox: Many add-ons are available for text to speech.
- Chrome: A wide variety of extensions for browser accessibility.
- Safari: Mac OS only, select text, right click and select Speech > Start Speaking.
- Opera: has discontinued text-to-speech.
- Internet Explorer: relies on Windows Narrator for text to speech.
There are numerous screen readers available to purchase or for free
download. Wikipedia's list of screen readers can help you select an
appropriate one for you and your operating system.
Increase the size of what you can see on the screen.
To make items on the screen appear bigger
- Open Magnifier by clicking the Start button, clicking All
Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and
then clicking Magnifier or press the Windows button, type "magnifier" and then hit Enter.
- Move the pointer to the part of the screen that you want to magnify.
- Turn on screen zooming by pressing Option and Apple and
the asterisk (*) key at the same time.
- Zoom in by pressing Option and Apple and the plus (+) key at the same time.
- Zoom out by pressing Option and Apple and the minus (-) key at the same
- Turn off screen zooming by pressing Option and Apple and the
asterisk (*) key at the same time.
Press Ctrl and plus (+) to zoom in. Press Ctrl and minus (-) to zoom