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Whenever you access a website, you use a browser to read and display the web pages. If you are using a version Microsoft Windows, then Internet Explorer browser will be installed on your system. This will be the browser you are using unless you have installed one or more alternatives, which are available on the web to download free of charge and install easily. They all include functions to help make reading web pages more user friendly or improve web accessibility.

For a list of direct links to a description of each function for each browser see Browser help index.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is the browser that comes with Microsoft Windows, is compatible with screen readers and speech recognition software, allows the user to change text size and display colours. See information about Internet Explorer.

SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey is a free Open Source browser maintained by the Mozilla Foundation with versions compatible with Windows, Linux or Mac OS X and includes an email client. It is compatible with some screen readers and speech recognition software and allows the user to change text size and display colours. See information about SeaMonkey. You can download SeaMonkey.

Firefox

Firefox is a free Open Source browser maintained by the Mozilla Foundation with versions compatible with Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. It is compatible with some screen readers and speech recognition software and allows the user to change text size and display colours. See information about Firefox. You can download Firefox.

Opera

Opera is provided free with versions compatible with Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. For full functionality you need to download its superior, older version 12. It allows the user to change text size. You can download Opera 12 for Windows or see information about Opera to find out how to download Opera 12 for other systems.

Chrome

Google provides Chrome free with versions compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It allows the user to change text size. See information about Chrome. You can download Google Chrome.

Safari

Safari runs on an Apple Macintosh. It allows the user to change text size. See information about Safari. You can get the latest version of Safari for a Mac.

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