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Accessibility - Changing text size and images

This section gives you instructions on how you can change the size of the text on this website to make it easier to read.

We also tell you how to turn the website images off, so you can read the text only. If you have a slow connection to the internet reading websites as text alone will reduce the time it takes to open a page.

The instructions are different for the two main types of browser (Microsoft Explorer and Netscape). There are also special instructions if you are using a Macintosh computer.

The help facility on the toolbar of the browser you are using also contains information to assist you.

Choose which kind of browser you have

This site uses Adobe Reader to display certain documents. Click here for alternative ways to view Adobe documents.


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Instructions for Microsoft Internet Explorer users

To change the font size:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Click on the Accessibility button.
  • Click the Ignore fonts now showing on web pages box so that it now shows a tick.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again to close Internet Options.
  • Select the View option from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Text Size option, Choose the text size you prefer.

If you want to remove the images:

  • Select Internet Options from the View OR the Tools menu depending on your browser.
  • Select the Advanced tab at the top right hand corner of the box.
  • Scroll down to the Multimedia heading.
  • Untick the box next to Show Pictures.
  • Click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button.

For more information visit the Microsoft Help and Support site


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Instructions for Netscape Navigator4+ users

To change your browser settings:

  • Select Edit from the Menu Bar.
  • Select Preferences. You now have the option to make various changes.
  • Select Appearance.
  • Select Font. You can alter the Variable and Fixed width Font to your preferred option.

If you want to remove the images:

  • Select the Edit option from the Menu Bar.
  • Select the Preferences option.
  • Select Text, choose your preferred colour and click on the OK button.
  • Select the Advanced option.
  • Untick the box next to Automatically load Images and Click OK.

For more information visit Netscape Browser Central


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Instructions for Macintosh users

There are full instructions on making use of the various versions of the Macintosh operating system's accessibility features. These include resizing text, text-to-speech function and keyboard alternatives to mouse functions. For more information visit the Apple website's section for special needs


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Alternative ways to read our guides

This website uses Adobe Reader to display various documents. If you use screen reader software or an audio-enabled web browser, Adobe provides a free online tool that you can use to convert the guides to a plain text format.

To use Adobe's online tool:

1. Find the link on this website to the guide you want to read, and copy it
2. Go to Adobe's online tool
3. Follow the instructions onscreen

The tool will display your chosen guide as a web page (HTML) or as plain text.

You can read more about Adobe Reader and accessibility on the Adobe website.


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