With standard programmes

Many standard programmes have zoom controls that let you make content larger or smaller. Zooming in makes something bigger and zooming out makes it smaller.

Zooming in on web pages

You can use your browser to change the size of text and images in web pages. In Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, you'll find the zoom settings in the View menu. You can also use your mouse or keyboard.

The image below shows the homepage of this site at 'normal' zoom on the left, and zoomed in on the right.

The homepage of this site, at normal zoom and expanded.

In almost all browsers the following controls work:

  • Zoom in by pressing Control and +, or by holding down the Control key and scrolling your mouse wheel away from you.
  • Zoom out by pressing Control and -, or by holding down the Control key and scrolling your mouse wheel towards you.
  • Return to normal size by pressing Control and 0.

NB: Use cmd instead of Control on Apple computers.

Browser specific instructions

You can find more information on the websites of the browsers:

Zooming in on documents

You can zoom in and out of documents using many standard programmes. In Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat you'll find the zoom settings in the View menu.

Microsoft Word

As well as the zoom settings in the View menu, you can use your mouse to zoom in and out of Microsoft Word documents just like the browser instructions above. Word also has a zoom control in the bottom right:

The zoom control in MS Word.

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

Adobe Acrobat

As well as using the zoom settings in the View menu, you can use the toolbar controls in Adobe Acrobat to zoom in and out of PDF documents.

Zoom controls in acrobat.

Acrobat Reader accessibility information

If you need everything magnified a bit, try magnifying the whole screen.