How to customize Internet Explorer 11 to work with a screen reader or voice recognition software on a Windows 8.1 PC?
Are you using the Internet Explorer 11 browser to take care of your online activities? Well then you can very well customize it to suit your preference and taste. Here we are showing you the steps that you can use to customize your browser to work perfectly with a screen reader or voice recognition software. These steps can be very handy for users who have vision problems and regularly use such programs to help them do their daily tasks on their computers. If you are using a Windows 8.1-based PC, here are the steps that you can follow.
The easy step solution is as:
- On the Start screen, click on the Internet Explorer tile to open it.
- When the browser opens, click on the Wrench icon at the bottom, and then click ‘View on the Desktop’ option from the menu that appears.
- Click on the ‘Gear’ icon on the top right corner of the window, and then click ‘Internet Options’.
- Click the ‘Advanced’ tab.
- You can either:
Set the cursor to follow the screen focus. To doÂ so:
- Under the ‘Accessibility’ option , select the ‘Move system caret with focus/selection changes’ check box, OR
To display text in place of pictures.
- Under ‘Accessibility’, select the ‘Always expand Alt text for images’ check box, and then under ‘Multimedia’, clear the ‘Show pictures’ check box.
To stop page transitions from causing problems with your screen reader or voice recognition software.
- Go to ‘Browsing’, clear the ‘Use smooth scrolling’ check box.
- Under ‘Multimedia’, make sure that the checkbox next to ‘Show Pictures’ is not selected and clear the ‘Play animations in webpages’ check boxes, OR
To help prevent webpage sounds from interfering with your screen reader.
- Under ‘Multimedia’, clear the ‘Play sounds in webpages’ check box.
- Click ‘OK’ to close the ‘Internet Options’ window.
- Close the Internet Explorer and then open it again for the changes to take effect.
Did you notice that customizing the browser was so easy that you could complete the task in a jiffy? Of course, if you don’t want to apply all the steps now, you can do so later or at a time of your choice. To help you remember the steps better, we have brought for you a visual representation of the same in the form of the short video provided below. To watch it now, click below: