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Subject: Understanding Your Computer: Web Browsers
(Posted on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:28AM)

Tags: vision-impaired, computer support, computer repair vancouver, computer help

Web browsers allow you to navigate the internet. There are a variety of options available, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. 


How do web browsers work?
A web browser is an application that finds and displays web pages. It coordinates communication between your computer and the web server where a particular website "lives."


When you open your browser and type in a web address (URL) for a website, the browser submits a request to the server, or servers, that provide the content for that page. The browser then processes the code from the server (written in a language such as HTML, JavaScript, or XML) and loads any other elements (such as Flash, Java, or ActiveX) that are necessary to generate content for the page. After the browser has gathered and processed all of the components, it displays the complete, formatted web page. Every time you perform an action on the page, such as clicking buttons and following links, the browser continues the process of requesting, processing, and presenting content.


How many browsers are there?
There are many different browsers. Most users are familiar with graphical browsers, which display both text and graphics and may also display multimedia elements such as sound or video clips. However, there are also text-based browsers. The following are some well-known browsers:


Internet Explorer
Firefox
AOL
Opera
Safari - a browser specifically designed for Macintosh computers
Lynx - a text-based browser desirable for vision-impaired users because of the availability of special devices that read the text


How do you choose a browser?
A browser is usually included with the installation of your operating system, but you are not restricted to that choice. Some of the factors to consider when deciding which browser best suits your needs include


compatibility - Does the browser work with your operating system?


security - Do you feel that your browser offers you the level of security you want?


ease of use - Are the menus and options easy to understand and use?


functionality - Does the browser interpret web content correctly? If you need to install other plug-ins or devices to translate certain types of content, do they work?


appeal - Do you find the interface and way the browser interprets web content visually appealing?


Can you have more than one browser installed at the same time?
If you decide to change your browser or add another one, you don't have to uninstall the browser that's currently on your computer—you can have more than one browser on your computer at once. However, you will be prompted to choose one as your default browser. Anytime you follow a link in an email message or document, or you double-click a shortcut to a web page on your desktop, the page will open using your default browser. You can manually open the page in another browser.


Most vendors give you the option to download their browsers directly from their websites. Make sure to verify the authenticity of the site before downloading any files. To further minimize risk, follow other good security practices, like using a firewall and keeping anti-virus software up to date. 


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Subject: 5 Ways To Make Your PC Easier To see
(Posted on Jul 5, 2010 at 06:24PM)

Tags: 50+, easy computing, resolution, computer support, live help now
Do you find yourself fighting the urge to press your nose against the screen because you can't see text and images clearly?


Maybe you were born finding it hard to see up close, maybe you're just finding it difficult now, -- and, sigh, it's true -- as you rack up birthdays, sooner or later you're going to experience some changes in your vision. But changes in your eyesight don't have to interfere with your ability to see things on your computer.


Make your text larger


No, the text is not getting smaller. But you can make the text and other items -- your icons, folders, and mouse pointer-- larger. How? By increasing the dots per inch (DPI) scale. If you need to make everything fit on the screen, you can decrease the size of the text, and then use the Magnifier to see the text as you type.


Increase the size of your icons



You can also quickly make just the icons on your desktop larger and easier to see.




  • Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons. (Classic icons are the smallest size.) .

    You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to change the size of your desktop icons.




  • On the desktop, press and hold CTRL while you scroll by using the wheel to change the icon size


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Use the Magnifier

You may have been using Windows for years and not realized there is a built in Magnifier that enlarges part of the screen. You can adjust the Magnifier to zoom in at various levels and focus wherever you want to focus on the screen.

Magnifier in Windows 7 includes full-screen and lens modes. Full-screen mode lets you magnify your entire screen and follow your mouse pointer. In lens mode, the area around the mouse pointer is magnified. When you move the mouse pointer, the area of the screen that is magnified moves along with it.


Enlarge your mouse pointer


You can change the look of your mouse cursor so it is easier for you to quickly and easily see on-screen. Try selecting a new pointer style, and also try changing the color and size of your mouse pointer.

Windows 7





  • Click the Start button , click Control Panel, and then under Hardware and Sound, click Mouse



  • Click the Pointers tab, and then do one of the following:




  • To change the look of all of your pointers, in the Scheme list, click a new mouse pointer scheme.



  • To change an individual pointer, in the Customize list, click the pointer you want to change, click Browse, click a pointer, and then click Open.

Windows Vista






  • click the Start button , click Control Panel, and then under Hardware and Sound, click Mouse.



  • Click the Pointers tab, and then do one of the following:



  • To change the look of all of your pointers, in the Scheme list, click a new mouse pointer scheme.




  • To change an individual pointer, in the Customize list, click the pointer you want to change, click Browse, click a pointer, and then click Open.


Improve your screen resolution


Screen resolution refers to the clarity of the text and images on your screen. At higher resolutions, items appear sharper, but they also appear smaller, so more items fit on the screen. At lower resolutions, fewer items fit on the screen, but they are larger and easier to see. Choose a screen resolution that is better for your eyes.




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