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Customise your browser - Firefox

Changing the Size of the Text

Follow these steps to increase or decrease the size of text on our site.

  • Open the View menu with the mouse (or by pressing Alt+V).

  • Select the Text Zoom option with the mouse (or by pressing Z).

  • Choose your preferred text size with the mouse (or by using the up and down arrow keys and pressing Enter).

Some web sites have "hard-coded" the size of their text and as a consequence these web sites will not reflect the change you have just made. If you would like your preferences to be reflected on other sites you visit please follow these steps:

  • Open the Edit menu with the mouse (or press Alt+E

  • Click on Preferences (or press E to open the preferences dialog box).

  • Click on, or use the arrow keys, to select the Font heading underneath the Appearance category. If you cannot see the Font heading, you may need to expand the Appearance category. Do this by either double clicking on Appearance, or selecting Appearance with the arrow keys and pressing the right arrow key.

  • Using the mouse, or the Tab key, navigate to the Minimum Font Size box on the right hand side. Click on the arrow and choose a new font size, or press the up arrow, choose a new font size and press Enter.

  • Now click OK (or press Enter) to return to the page you were viewing.

Changing the Style of the Text

Hantsweb specifies a sans serif font style through a style sheet. A sans serif font (such as Verdana or Arial) should be more easily read by those with a visual impairment or dyslexia than seriffed font styles (such as Times New Roman or Georgia). You may wish to impose a different text style than through your browser setting. The following steps will also override any styles "hard coded" on other websites.

  • Open the Edit menu with the mouse (or by pressing Alt+E).

  • Click on Preferences (or press E) to open the preferences dialog box.

  • Click on, or use the arrow keys, to select the Font heading underneath the Appearance category. If you cannot see the Font heading, you may need to expand the Appearance category. Do this by either double clicking on Appearance, or selecting Appearance with the arrow keys and pressing the right arrow key.

  • Using the mouse, or the Tab key, navigate to the box labelled "Allow documents to use other fonts" and press the space bar or use the mouse to ensure that this option is not checked.

  • Use the mouse, or the tab key, to navigate to the Proportional drop down box.

  • Press the up or down arrow keys and Enter to choose the font you wish to use, or use the mouse and click on your chosen font. A proportional font is one in which the letters are of varying widths. You can either choose Serif or Sans Serif.

  • Once you have chosen the default proportional font, you can set the default size. Press Tab or use the mouse to click in the size box immediately after the proportional font. Press the up or down arrow keys and Enter, or use the mouse, to choose the font you want.

  • Tab once more, or use the mouse, to navigate to the Serif box. Press up or down, select the font you want to use and press Enter, or use the mouse to click on the font that you want to use (this will only be used if you selected Serif as the Proportional font in stage 5)

  • Tab once more, or use the mouse to navigate to the Sans Serif box. Press up or down, select the font you want to use and press Enter, or use the mouse to click on the font that you want to use (this will only be used if you selected Sans Serif as the proportional font)

  • Tab once more, or use the mouse to navigate to the Cursive box. Press up or down and then Enter to choose the font you wish to use, or use the mouse and click on your chosen font. This is used when someone has specified a cursive font on their page.

  • Tab once more, or use the mouse to navigate to the Fantasy box. Press up or down and then Enter to choose the font you wish to use, or use the mouse and click on your chosen font. This is used when someone has specified a Fantasy font on their page.

  • Tab once more, or use the mouse to navigate to the Monospace box. Press up or down and then Enter to choose the font you wish to use, or use the mouse and click on your chosen font. This is used when someone has specified a monospace font on their page.

  • Now click OK or press Enter to return to the page you were viewing.

Changing Text and Background Colours

You may wish to impose a different combination of text and background colours than those chosen by us (although we have tried to retain a good contrast at all times. For example, some people with a visual impairment may prefer white text on a black background. Please follow these steps to change the colours on all sites you visit:

  1. Open the Edit menu with the mouse (or by pressing Alt+E)

  2. Click on, or use the arrow keys to select the Colors heading underneath the Appearance category. If you cannot see the Colors heading, you may need to expand the Appearance category. Do this by either double clicking on Appearance, or selecting Appearance with the arrow keys and pressing the right arrow key.

  3. Use the mouse or press Tab to select the "Use my chosen colours, ignoring the colours and background images specified" option and press space to select this option.

  4. Choose to have your Windows colour scheme reflected by Tabbing to the Use System Colors option and pressing space to select it, or click it with the mouse. Or…

  5. Click on the Text or Background color option and choose an alternative color, or press Tab until the Text or Background color box is highlighted, press the space bar, use the arrow keys to choose an alternative colour and press space to confirm this colour.

  6. Press Enter to return to Firefox.

 

Change font size and colours

Click on one of the letter As below to select a font size:

A  A  A 

Click on one of the icons below to choose a colour scheme:

High contrast yellow on black  High contrast yellow on purple  Default colour scheme