Monday, 5 September 2016

Tabtiles: Making Your Tab Titles Easier To Read

Hello and welcome to this video. In this video I demonstrate how a free Chrome extension makes the text in our Title Tabs easier to see.

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Hello everyone. It is James from the Visual Impairment Team in Devon.

In this video I am going to discuss a common problem for people who have a visual impairment or for those of us who are just reaching that age where our eyesight is getting worse and we struggle to read the title text in our Tabs.

What do I mean by Title text? It is the writing that is at the top of the tab, which many users find frustratingly small.

So let’s have a look at this issue. This is the title text in the Tabs- it tells us what specific web page we are on.

So this is the title text here it says that we are on the homepage of the BBC and here we’ve got the Independent and here we’ve got a website called Lifehacker.

And it is very small, don’t you think?

I am using the Chrome web browser here but  it is the same in all the browsers- So if we look in Microsoft Edge here’s our titles, the same web pages and the same very small writing in them. And here Firefox- the same web pages show the same things.

Let’s go back to Chrome.  

Magnifying the page by pressing the Ctrl and the + key does not work. So you can see as the webpage itself gets bigger- the photos, videos and text on the web page get bigger nothing happens to the title. So that is not a solution.  

And the solution that I want to demonstrate for you today is a free add on for your Chrome web browser.

I shall show you how to download it in a minute but let me demonstrate it first.

Now the add on is called Tabtiles and what is does is it displays in large yellow buttons our tab titles that can be positioned at the top or bottom of your screen which I think makes them far easier to see.

And you can see the titles of our tabs in the yellow buttons at the top of our screen here. Not only are they easier to see but we can easily move between these different web pages using our left and right arrows like so.

And you can see here that I am moving between the BBC page the Independent page and the Lifehacker page just using my left and right arrow keys.

Now, I don’t think that this add on is perfect but I do think that it is better than the standard style of title.

So now let me show you where to download this add on from. As I said, it is a free add on that takes seconds to download.

Here we are at the Chrome Web Store and here’s the address up here and then once there we search for “Tabtiles” and this is the extension here. We just click on the blue button “Add to Chrome” and then we prompt it again to add extension and then it loads up it’s option page and here it is up here in the top of Chrome.

And it is as simple as that. My solution to making the titles in our tabs easier to see.

Thanks for watching this video. Do you struggle with this issue? What is your workaround? Please let me know in the comments below.

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