Internet Explorer has many options to help you browse the web more easily.

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Zooming on a web page

Zoom in on any web page for better readability. Zoom enlarges or reduces the size of everything on the page, including text and images.

To zoom in or out on a web page

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Options.

  4. Under Appearance, move the Zoom slider to increase or decrease zoom.

To zoom in or out on a web page in the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Zoom.
  3. Select a predefined zoom level, or select a custom level by tapping or clicking Custom and entering a zoom value.

Making text larger or smaller

You can increase or decrease the font size on a page to make it more legible in Internet Explorer in the desktop (if the site allows it).

To change the text size

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar.

  3. Tap or click View, and then tap or click Text size.

  4. Choose to make text larger or smaller than the size on the screen.

Using a keyboard to surf the web

Press the Tab key to move forward and Shift+Tab to move backward through screen elements like the following:

  • Links that are text or images

  • Text fields on website forms

  • Hotspots on image maps

  • The address bar

  • The tabs bar

  • HTML frames

You can also press the F7 key to use caret browsing to select text and move around within a webpage using the standard navigation keys on your keyboard—Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and the arrow keys.

For more info about using the keyboard, see Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts.

Changing the font, formatting and colours on pages in the desktop

You can choose the font type and size as well as the foreground and background colors that are used to display pages. You can also choose the colour used for links in pages.

To choose website fonts

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the General tab, and then, under Appearance, tap or click Fonts.

  4. Select the fonts you want to use, tap or click OK, and then tap or click OK again.

To choose website colours

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the General tab, and then, under Appearance, tap or click Colors.

  4. Untick the Use Windows colours checkbox.

  5. For each color that you want to change, tap or click the color box, select a new color, and then tap or click OK.

  6. Tap or click OK, then tap or click OK again.

To override all font and colour settings for websites

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the General tab, and then, under Appearance, tap or click Accessibility.

  4. Select the Ignore colors specified on webpages, Ignore font styles specified on webpages, and Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check boxes.

  5. Tap or click OK, then tap or click OK again.

Customising Internet Explorer to work with a screen reader or voice recognition software

Some Internet Explorer features can cause screen readers to give confusing or incorrect information.

To make Internet Explorer work better with screen readers

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the Advanced tab.

  4. Make one or more of the following changes:

    • Set the cursor to determine where to read or magnify. Under Accessibility, select the Move system caret with focus/selection changes check box.

    • Display text in place of pictures. Under Accessibility, tick the Always expand Alt text for images checkbox. Under Multimedia, untick the Show pictures checkbox.

    • Stop page transitions from causing problems with your screen reader or voice recognition software. Under Browsing, clear the Use smooth scrolling check box. Under Multimedia, untick the Show pictures checkbox.

    • Help prevent web page sounds from interfering with your screen reader. Under Multimedia, untick the Play sounds in web pages checkbox.

  5. Tap or click OK.