Changing colours and fonts

Changing colours and fonts can make things easier to read. You can change them for web pages, or for your whole computer.

Changing colours on this website

You can choose a different colour scheme for this website. Use the "Change page colours" feature in the top right of every page to choose between a low contrast, inverted, high contrast or regular colour scheme.

Changing colours and fonts in all web pages

You can use your browser to change the colours and fonts used in web pages. You can change the way text, links and other items are displayed.

Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer you can change the default font, override the fonts used in web pages, and change the default colours.

The main accessibility options for internet explorer highlighted.

  1. Open the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Select the Fonts button from the General tab, to change your font settings.
  4. Select the Colours button from the General tab, to change your colour settings.

If you use Internet Explorer you can find more information on Microsoft's website.

Firefox

In Firefox you can change the default font, override the fonts used in web pages, and change the default colours.

The content options in Firefox's preferences.

Open the Options (or Preferences in OSX) and select the Content tab to make adjustments.

You can find more information on Mozilla's website: Firefox accessibility

    Safari

    In Safari you can set a minimum font size, but there are no options to change colours.

    Text options in the Safari preferences.

    Go to the Preferences in Safari, and under the Advanced tab should be a tick-box to set a minimum font size.

    You can find more information on Apple's website: Safari accessibility

      Chrome

      In Chrome you can change the default font size and style, but there are no options to change colours.

      Font settings in Chrome preferences.

      In the Chrome settings (look for a Wrench icon) the font options are in Under the hood.

      You can find more information on Google's website: Chrome accessibility.

        Changing colours and fonts on your computer

        You can make changes to colours and fonts so they're used everywhere on your computer. If you use Windows or Mac OSX there are different options to choose from.

        Windows

        In Windows you can change the size of text and icons, pick a high contrast colour scheme, and choose other settings to make things easier to read.

        Windows 7 and Vista

        The contrast settings in the Ease of access centre.

        1. Click the Start button, or press the Windows key.
        2. Type Ease of Access Center, then press the Enter key.
        3. Choose Set up high contrast to change your colour settings.
        4. Choose Make the computer easier to see to change your font settings.

        If you use Windows you can find more information on the Microsoft website:

        Mac OSX

        In Mac OSX you can increase or decrease colour contrast, use inverted colours, or choose a monochrome colour scheme. There are no options for changing your general font settings, but you can change font settings within individual programmes.

        The seeing pane on the univeral access preferences.

        1. Open System Preferences from the Dock or through the Apple icon.
        2. Open the Universal Access pane.
        3. Select the Seeing tab to change your colour settings.

        If you use Mac OSX you can find more information on the Apple website: Mac OSX accessibility