Internet Explorer offers many accessibility options to help increase readability and to work better with assistive technology. Here are answers to some common questions about accessibility options in Internet Explorer.
Yes, you can use the keyboard to explore the web. Press Tab to move forward between screen elements and Shift+Tab to move backward. By pressing Tab or Shift+Tab, you can navigate through the following parts of the screen:
Links that are text or images
Hotspots on image maps
The Address bar
The tabs bar
You can also press F7 to use Caret Browsing. Caret Browsing enables you 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 information about keyboard access, see Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts.
You can specify the font type and size and the foreground and background colors that are used to display webpages. You can also specify the color used for links in webpages. These customizations are useful if you have low vision, need larger fonts, or need high-contrast colors. For more information, see Change the colors and fonts used for webpages. You can also zoom in on any webpage for better readability. For more information, see Zoom in on a webpage.
Internet Explorer features, such as multimedia or page transitions, can cause screen readers to give confusing or incorrect information. Follow the steps below to turn off features that might interfere with screen readers.
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Advanced tab.
Make one or more of the following changes:
Set the cursor to follow the screen focus
If you want your screen reader or Magnifier to use the cursor (also referred to as the insertion point or system caret) to determine where to read or to magnify, do this:
Under Accessibility, select the Move system caret with focus/selection changes check box.
Display text in place of pictures
Under Accessibility, select the Always expand Alt text for images check box. Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures check box.
Stop page transitions from causing erratic behavior in your screen reader or voice recognition
Under Browsing, clear the Enable page transitions and Use smooth scrolling check boxes.
Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures and Play animations in webpages check boxes.
Help prevent webpage sounds from interfering with your screen reader.
Under Multimedia, clear the Play sounds in webpages check box.
To improve legibility when printing webpages, it might be helpful to stop printing background colors and images. That way, the text will stand out more clearly.
In the Page Setup dialog box, clear the Print Background Colors and Images check box, and then click OK.
This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.
Yes, you can use the keyboard to explore the web. Press TAB to move forward between screen elements and SHIFT+TAB to move backward. By pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB, you can navigate through the following parts of the screen:
In Internet Explorer 8, you can also press F7 to use Caret Browsing. Caret Browsing enables you 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 information on Caret Browsing, see How can I select text and move around a webpage with my keyboard?
For more information about keyboard access, see Internet Explorer 8 keyboard shortcuts or Internet Explorer 7 keyboard shortcuts.
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
Under Accessibility, select the Always expand ALT text for images check box. Under Multimedia, clear the Show pictures check box.
Under Printing, clear the Print background colors and images check box, and then click OK.