Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge

Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge

The new Microsoft Edge  comes with built-in accessibility options to help you browse the web in a way that best suits your needs.

Make text larger

In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  and then choose Zoom in Zoom out,  or Full screen . Or use the following keyboard shortcuts:

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 Ctrl + plus sign (+)Zoom in by 25%
 Ctrl + minus sign (-)Zoom out by 25%
 Ctrl + zero (0)Reset zoom level to default
 Ctrl + Scroll wheel upZoom in
 Ctrl + Scroll wheel downZoom out
F11Toggle between full screen and exit full screen

Have the web read aloud to you

Microsoft Edge can read aloud news, sports stories, and other webpages to you. With your webpage open, right-click or press and hold anywhere on the page and select Read aloud  . You can also select Settings and more   and then Read aloud. Or use the following keyboard shortcut:

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 Ctrl + Shift + UStart or stop Read Aloud

See Use Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge

Read more comfortably

The immersive reader in Microsoft Edge provides a cleaner, simpler layout with fewer distractions. Change the theme and text size to what’s most comfortable for you.

  1. In Microsoft Edge, navigate to the page that you want to read.
  2. Select Enter immersive reader on the address bar (it’s only available on some webpages).
  3. Under Text preference, select the text size, and change the page theme to one of 23 options.

You can use the following keyboard shortcut for Immersive Reader:

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 F9Enter or exit Immersive Reader

Use a keyboard to surf the web

Using just your keyboard, you can quickly move focus through the major sections of your browser, such as:

  • Browser tabs
  • Address and search bar
  • Favorites bar (if available)
  • Webpage content
  • Certain popup dialogs
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 F6Cycle through browser elements

If you turn on caret browsing, you can move the caret around within a web page using the UpDownLeft, and Right directional arrow keys and HomePage Up, and Page Down buttons on your keyboard.

To select text or other elements on the page, hold down Shift, while moving the caret.

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 F7Toggle caret browsing on or off

You can use the Tab key to move quickly through items on the screen, such as:

  • Links that are text or images
  • Text fields in forms on the web
  • The address and search bar
  • Buttons on the toolbar
  • Browser tabs
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TabMove focus to the next item
Shift TabMove focus to the previous item

When you move focus to the browser tabs, menus, or lists, you can use the UpDownLeft, and Right arrow keys to move focus from item to item. 

You can also rearrange the position browser tabs (if you have more than one open) or items in your favorites bar. To move an item using keyboard commands, you must have the focus on that item.

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Alt + Shift Left ArrowMove the focused item to the left
Alt + Shift Right ArrowMove the focused item to the right
Alt + Shift Up ArrowMove the focused item up
Alt + Shift Down ArrowMove the focused item down

See more keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Use high contrast for better readability

High contrast makes the screen easier to read. 

  1. Select Start   > Settings   > Ease of Access  High contrastUnder Use high contrast, set the Turn on high contrast toggle to On.
  2. Choose a theme, select a high contrast theme, and then select Apply.
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Left Alt + Left Shift + Print ScreenTurn on high-contrast mode or turn it off

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