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 Getting More From Your Web Browser

'Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.' Helen Keller

About Browsers

A browser is the software that enables you to see or hear Web pages. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Opera are popular graphical browsers (and they're all free!), and Lynx is an older but still-used text browser. Blind and vision-impaired individuals may surf the Web by using features built into their Windows or Macintosh computers or by using separate screen readers such as Jaws, Window-Eyes, ZoomText and IBM Easy Web Browsing, to name a few.

This site has been designed with the intention that all users should be able to read or listen to it regardless of their Web browsing device. Current browsers offer a faster, more secure, experience and offer users a customizable experience.

Mac Browsers

Windows Browsers

Linux Browsers

Get More From Your Browser

Whatever Web browsing technology you use, it's a good idea to check for updates every few months. Newer browsers have increased security features, load Web pages more quickly and provide more features that allow users to customize viewing and printing preferences.

How to Check Your Browser Version

Look at the top of the browser screen and go to the Help menu (generally toward the upper right corner). Click on that and go to the bottom menu item. Depending on your browser, it will read something like, "About Internet Explorer," "About Firefox," or "About Safari." Click on the About ... link, and the next screen will show you what version you have. Often, if you are using an older version, the screen will include a link to check for updates.

Make Your Browser Work for You

One feature of all graphical browsers in recent years is the ability to adjust the settings in your browser to optimize your Web experience. The specifics of each scenario below will vary among browsers, but the principles are common to all.

Please contact the Web designer at if you encounter any difficulties. If you can be as specific as possible concerning which pages or sections presented problems for you, this will greatly assist us in resolving any issues.

 

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