I read you loud and clear

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS

Q: Because of the smaller screen size of my laptop, I find it difficult to read news and articles on the Web. Is there a way to make Web content easier to read?

 

A: I know exactly what you are talking about. I do most of my reading on a computer screen, and my eyes aren’t getting any younger. Here are three possible solutions.

 

1. Zoom your Web page. As mentioned in the August 2011 Technology Q&A item “Internet Explorer (8.0 and Higher) Shortcuts” (page 64), rolling the mouse’s scroll wheel while holding down the Ctrl key will enable you to enlarge (or shrink) the font size. (In addition, you can click on the magnifying glass in the bottom-right corner to change the size, or from the Internet Explorer menu on the top right, select Page, Zoom, and make the appropriate size selection.) This action also works in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

 

2. Copy and paste to Word. Another solution is to copy and paste Web page text to Microsoft Word, making sure to copy only the article content and not the extra advertisements and Web page clutter. A good technique for accomplishing this task is as follows: Use your mouse to select the first letter or word at the beginning of the article, scroll to the bottom of the article (using the scroll bar if necessary), then click the end of the article while holding down the Shift key. This will select all of the article content. Next, press Ctrl+C to copy the article, switch to Word and press Ctrl+V to paste the article content into Word. As an alternative, you may choose to paste the article as text (so the pasted content displays results using the Word document’s default font and point size) by selecting Alt+Ctrl+V, and selecting Unformatted Text, and clicking OK. Once the article text appears in Word, you can then zoom the text or increase the font size to achieve a more readable article.

 

3. Windows Magnifier. Another possible solution is to use the Windows Magnifier, which works like a magnifying glass to enlarge a portion of your screen as you move your mouse. To launch Magnifier, click the Windows 7 or Vista Start button and select All Programs, Accessories, Ease of Access, Magnifier. Press Ctrl+Alt+L to toggle to the lens view, and click the plus (+) or minus ( - ) options on the Magnifier control box to adjust the amount of magnification to the desired setting. Thereafter, Magnifier will follow your mouse movement and provide an enlargement window to help make portions of your screen easier to read.

 

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