Tips for reducing eye strain

Reading, monitors and eye care Our move to online consumption of academic material comes with many pros and cons. Recently, I’ve been contacted about how to deal with eye strain and headaches which seem to be related to online reading. What follows are a couple of quick tips that may help: increase your screen’s refresh rate – make it as high as you can. adjust the brightness and contrast levels if reading on the web, take advantage of “reader mode” – Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari all include a reader mode. Chrome has an extension you can install … Continue reading Tips for reducing eye strain

NVDA – Simplified

NVDA from NV Access is a free text to speech tool Microsoft Windows machines. It stands for Non-Visual Desktop Access. It will not work on iOS machines. Many use this tool to listen to content. Here are some simple commands to get you started using NV Access: Note: documentation refers to the NVDA key. The default NVDA key is the insert key. It can be changed to Caps lock when installing NVDA the first time Control + Alt + n to run NVDA NVDA + q to close NVDA Numpad + +to start reading at the top of the page NVDA + down … Continue reading NVDA – Simplified

VoiceOver Simplified

VoiceOver is the screen-reader or text to speech tool that is built into Apple’s operating system. It will not work on the Windows operating system. Many use this tool to listen to email messages, content on websites, etc. Note: when these resources reference the “VO” key, they mean command + option Here are some simple commands to help you get started in using VoiceOver: command + F5 turns VoiceOver on/off tab navigates to an interactive element ctrl + option + right arrow (repeatedly) navigates to the next element ctrl + option + command + h (repeatedly) navigates by headings explore … Continue reading VoiceOver Simplified

Modify a Style in Word

Did you know that Word has built-in styles for headings, body text, and lists? Using these built-in styles allows you to create consistency in a documents look and feel, and to easily change the entire look of a document. Find Styles in the Ribbon You can find these styles in the “Ribbon”. If you are not sure how to open the ribbon Microsoft has a how-to guide. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to show/hide the Ribbon: Windows Cntrl + F1 Mac Command + Option + R Modify styles – 2 ways From the styles pane Select the item you … Continue reading Modify a Style in Word