Enlarging Text for Easier Reading;

Getting Practice Material


The best thing you can do to quickly improve your reading speed and comprehension is to enlarge the text you are reading. This chapter shows you how to enlarge your text, and do so without any reformatting on a word processor. The approaches described here are ideal for the average short Internet article, like news and magazine articles.

After you have enlarged your text, read it with voice assistance, as described elsewhere in this manual. Practicing with general news articles is a great way for slow, average and good readers to improve their reading speed and comprehension. Practice is the key to improvement.

This approach is also ideal for those with Low Vision, including Macular Degeneration. It is also ideal for Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and ESL and a wide range of mental challenges including Dementia.

The bigger the letters, the easier the text is for you to read. You  can waste an incredible amount of time in just trying to identify what letter follows another in small text. Ideally, font size should be 24-36 for maximum ease of reading. Also, larger words mean fewer words on a line of text, and therefore fewer fixations per line.

There are several quick ways to enlarge text that can be applied to any Internet article:

1. Clean up and remove all the garbage on the average Internet page, so that you are left with just the text, in a "magazine" format. In other words, the text you are reading extends from the left side of the page to the right side of the page. All the advertisements are gone. The text size of the content you want to read will often quadruple in size. The key ways to do this instantly are the following:

    a. Use the "Reader" function if you are using a Safaris browser.

    b. Save the article in "Pocket" and choose enlarged text format.

2. Project the actual text on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or iPad mini onto a larger screen. You can often immediately enlarge text about 16 times, counting width and height. A screen 29" on the diagonal, or above, is ideal. The same text you see on your iPhone screen will be what you see on the big screen. The main ways to do this are the following:

    a. Use Apple TV and your big living room TV. AirPlay, wirelessly, from your iOS device to your TV, through the Apple TV.

    b. Use a 9 pin (Lightning) to HDMI cable to go from your iOS device to your large HDMI screen. Note: this approach does not require WiFi or the Internet.

    c. Load the program called "Reflection" onto your Mac computer and AirPlay from your iOS device to you existing Mac screen. Note: this approach does not require any additional cable or Apple TV.

Note: One of the quickest ways to get good articles on the internet is to Download "Zite". This is a free iOS app and aggregates articles according to the interests you select. Any of thee articles can be instantly selected and saved in Pocket. Other aggregator apps can be used for Mac desktops and laptops.

3. Combine steps 1 and 2.

4. Read books and Articles that have been specially formatted for you by your school or college, and saved in folders in your Dropbox account. At a minimum, these specially formatted articles should have large font size and a blank line between sentences and after semi-colons.

5. Enlarge the font size on your Mac browser window.