Until a few months ago, when a friend shared this tip with me, I didn’t know about ctrl-scroll. Yes, it’s been around for awhile. But, for those for those of us who have difficulty reading, it’s easy to overlook.
Ctrl-scroll is a simple tool that will help you read more easily. You’ll need a mouse with a scroll wheel, that is all.
There are two ctrl keys on a standard keyboard, one at each lower corner. Select whichever one is easier for you to press while using the mouse with the other hand. While pressing the ctrl key, click on a website and begin to move the scroll wheel.
You’ll see the print get larger or smaller as you continue to move the scroll wheel while holding the ctrl key down. As you make the print larger, what was almost impossible to read before is much easier to read now!
This works well in FireFox and in some Internet Explorer pages. It will work in almost all IE pages if you change one setting. In IE, go to Tools/Internet Options, and click the “Accessibility” button in the lower right corner. Under “Formatting,” be sure “Ignore font sizes specified on Web pages” is checked. Click “OK” to save. That’s it!
Ctrl-scroll will work on many Windows programs as well. If you use a computer a lot, you’ll be amazed at how much better ctrl-scroll makes your life!
See followup added September 7:
Making fonts accessible