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Accessibility support from the Library: Personalising standard software

Introduction

There are now many features within operating systems, common software such as Microsoft Office and web browsers that let you customise these to suit your personal needs.  This section outlines some of these features and includes links to get further information.

Windows operating system

Microsoft now include many features that improve the accessibility of Windows 10.  These can:

  • Make Windows easier to use
  • Make Windows easier to see
  • Make Windows easier to hear
  • Make input devices easier to use
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks

The Ease of Access Centre is the starting point for most adjustments.  

Select the Start  button then Settings > Ease of Access.

Full details on what is available and how to select the right settings for you is on the Microsoft Accessibility site  

Web browsers

There are features within web browsers to help you work in a more efficient way that meets your personal needs.  Some browsers also have additional plug-in extensions  which you can install to add further features and enhancements

Microsoft Edgehttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/accessibility 

Chrome: https://www.google.com/accessibility/products-features.html

Safari: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/accessibility-features-firefox-make-firefox-and-we

Chrome extensionshttps://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions 

Microsoft Office

There are features within the latest versions of Office which enhance its accessibility  This includes more accessible templates, better keyboard access, improved colour contrast in Themes, read mode and more.

More information on Accessibility in Office 365

iOS Operating system

Apple have introduced accessibility features within iOS that help make  Macs, iPads and iPhones more accessible.

For details of the features in each type of device see the iOS accessibility page 

Keeping up to date with accessibility features