If you are experiencing problems in accessing information on this website, there are a number of ways to make viewing easier.

Operating systems

Both Windows and Mac OS provide some control over the working environment of the computer desktop through control panels (available via Start then Settings on a PC or the Apple menu on a Mac). The options vary between systems and between different versions of the same system. Consult your operating system manual or on-screen help for more detailed instructions.


There are a two main ways to control the monitor display to make it easier to view.

Contrast – increasing the contrast, either by a control on the monitor itself or through an on-screen control panel, allows you to improve the definition of images and text.

Colours – the colours of different components of the desktop display, such as window frames and the desktop itself, can be changed to make items easier to see.


The pointer can be made bigger (PCs only) or to move at different speeds. It can also be made to create a ‘jet-stream’ trail as it moves, which makes it easier to follow its movements.


There are a number of alternatives on the keyboard to make it easier to use.

‘Sticky’ keys – this feature allows you to set a modifier key such as SHIFT, ALT or CTRL to stay on until another key is pressed. This helps people who cannot press two keys simultaneously.

‘Filter’ or ‘slow’ keys – this feature instructs the keyboard to ignore keys repeatedly pressed or keys touched momentarily. The rate at which the keyboard repeats a pressed key can also be modified from a control panel.

‘Toggle’ keys – this feature can be set to that the system plays a high sound when any of the LOCK keys are pressed and a low sound when deactivated.

Web Browsing Software

Most web browsing software packages have settings that allow you to change the size and style of text to suit your needs. These changes usually override the layout of the web document. Below are details of how to change these settings in two of the most common browsers:

Click on the View button and then choose Text size, and then choose Increase or Decrease to find your preferred size.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Click on View, then choose Text Size or Text from the menu and highlight your preferred size.

Preferred Settings

You can further customise both applications to ensure that you get the best layout possible.

Click on Tools, then options. Here you can change the default settings of Firefox to help you view websites in a variety of ways, including the layout of pages, the default fonts used etc.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Click on Tools, and choose Internet Options from the drop-down list. This opens the General options tab with four buttons along the bottom, for Colours, Fonts, Language and Accessibility. The accessibility button allows you to override the web document layout and use your settings throughout.


Revision date: 22nd February 2014, 22:15 GMT