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How to enlarge a webpage and read aloud a webpage

How to enlarge a webpage

If you have difficulty reading web pages because the text is too small, it’s very easy to ‘zoom in’ and make the whole page much bigger.

There are a few ways to do this:

  • Using the ctrl + scroll wheel – if you use a mouse with a scroll wheel (usually between the two buttons on a standard mouse) wheel it gently away from you while holding down the ctrl key on the keyboard. Wheel it towards you to make the page smaller.
  • Using the ctrl + – if you don’t have a scroll wheel, hold down the ctrl key and press the + (plus) key to make the page bigger. If you over do it, ctrl – (ctrl and minus) will make it smaller again.
  • The 3 little dots or wheel – you can also change the size of your screens by going to the top right-hand corner of the internet browser and clicking on the 3 little dots or little wheel. Within these areas you can enlarge or reduce the page by using ‘zoom’ in or out (- 100% +) featured in the drop-down list.

Reading aloud a webpage

You may have your own read aloud software on your device, however, if you do not, there is a free version in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge’s Read Aloud feature

If you use Microsoft edge as your search engine (what you use to find information on the internet, for example, Chrome, etc) there is a read aloud function that reads the webpage for you.

Read Aloud is a built-in Microsoft Edge feature that allows the browser to read PDFs, eBooks, and webpage content aloud to you, just like an audiobook.

You can also adjust the voice, tone, and speed as needed. It is available on Android, iOS, and desktop. Best of all, you can access Read Aloud, whether online or offline.

How does it work?

On Microsoft Edge go to the top right of the search bar (the long line of space where the web address goes) there is a capital ‘A’ with 2 little lines to the side of it.

Click on Read Aloud in the top menu bar, or enter Ctrl+Sift+U. Then the read aloud will start, you can pause and restart if you need to. 

Find out more about Microsoft Edge’s accessibility features.

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