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Inclusive technology

a guide to finding inclusive technology to support your learning.

Windows High contrast setting (Windows 10)

WHERE TO FIND IT : Ease of Access Centre

Use the Search button on the Windows 10 taskbar - search for 'High contrast' or 'Ease of access'.

Windows 10 offers four basic High Contrast schemes. Clicking on any element, such as 'Text' or 'Hyperlinks' will allow you to adjust the colour to your personal preference.

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Microsoft Word: change text and page colours

WHERE TO FIND IT : Microsoft Word Quick Access Toolbar

Font and Page colour: these two buttons can be added to the Microsoft Word Quick Access Toolbar by right-clicking on the Command Ribbon at the top of the screen and choosing Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

Change the 'Choose commands from' option to 'All Commands'  and scroll down the alphabetical list to find them.

Windows magnifier

WHERE TO FIND IT : Control Panel settings of any Windows PC

From the Start button go to Control Panel - Ease of Access - Optimize Visual Display. 

Under the heading 'Make things on the screen larger' you will find the option to turn on the Magnifier.

This magnifier can be moved around the screen, locked in place or resized. Magnifier can enlarge up to 1600%, but loses definition at higher magnification. There is also the option to invert colours for high contrast.

Adobe Reader: change PDF text and background colours

WHERE TO FIND IT : Download from Adobe website

You may find that it is possible to change the text and background colours of a PDF. To fnd out, open a PDF and choose 'Preferences' from the Edit menu.

From there click on 'Accessibility', tick the 'Replace document colours' box and choose the colours you want to use.

Supernova magnifier and Screen Reader

WHERE TO FIND IT : the Assistive Technology PC on the 1st Floor of the Library.

Supernova offers a customisable blend of magnification, text-to-speech and screen reading.