Google Chrome Helping People with Poor Eyesight

Google Chrome has some great features that can help people with poor eyesight.  In this week’s Guy’s Guides, we go through 3 of them, showing how to use them.  Whilst we all remain patient, here is a reminder of the basics of Google Chrome.

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 2.2 billion people throughout the world have bad eyesight, including both near and distant vision impairments.  A majority of those people are over the age of 50, and that’s why, here at Web of the Week, we have provided a new Guy’s Guide on how Google Chrome helps people with poor eyesight. 

3 tips to help people with vision impairment on Google Chrome

In the video above we provided 3 simple tips on how to use Google Chrome features to help you if you suffer from poor eyesight.  

Use the Zoom feature to zoom in and out to increase size

On some websites, it can sometimes be difficult to read text or see images because they are too small for our eyes.  In Google, there is a zoom button that allows us to make things better.  It acts a bit like a magnifying glass.  Click on the menu (3 vertical dots in the red circle below).  Here, you will find an option called Zoom. 

When you click on the + icon, the screen zooms in and things become bigger.  You can zoom back out by using the – button.  Sometimes, if you zoom in too much, the display will look strange.  Don’t worry, just zoom back out and everything will be back to normal. 

Increase the font size in Google Chrome

Most of the time, text is the most difficult thing to read on a computer or mobile device for visually impaired individuals.  However, Google Chrome gives you the option to increase font size on all websites.  This is a great feature as it makes everything easier for visually impaired people. 

To do this, go into the same menu as above and click on the “Settings” option (above “Help”). 

As shown in the image above, click on the “Appearance” section on the left where you will find an option “Customise Fonts”.  Click on Customise Fonts.  

You can then see an option called “Minimum font size”.  The blue bar on the right is where you can change the size of fonts.  Just click on the blue circle, hold your finger down and move it along the line.   As you move to the right, the text below will get bigger.  No need to save, just quit the settings and you will notice that on all websites the text size has got bigger!

Colour Enhancer to help adapt colour contrasts to your eyesight

Our third and final tip for now is all about colour contrast.  Indeed, some people find it difficult to read or see things on a website because of the colour contrasts.  That is where Colour Enhancer can help us all.  It allows us to apply custom colour filters that suit our eyesight perfectly – and everyone can adjust it to their liking!

The first thing you need to do is download the Colour Enhancer Extension for Google Chrome.  You can click on the image below to go straight to where you can download it on the Chrome Web Store.  colour enhancerAnd of course, don’t worry, Colour Enhancer is free.  Once you’re on this page, click on the blue button “Add to Chrome”.  This will download colour enhancer onto your web browser so that you can start to apply custom filters for your eyes.   Once you have downloaded Colour Ehancer, you will see this message pop up on the top-right corner of your screen.

Click on the icon as indicated and then just follow the simple instructions.  You’ll see, the colours will magically change! 

Need to make the pop-up bigger to see properly?  Just click on Zoom in as mentioned above!


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