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For Seniors: Get Help Reading Text on iPad 2

As your eyes age, it gets harder and harder to read text on-screen, even on the iPad 2. The iPad can tell you what's on screen. You can also enlarge the iPad's on-screen text. Both features are helpful when you can't see text and on-screen objects all that well.

If you're visually-impaired, you might also consider turning on VoiceOver, which speaks the name of screen elements and settings as you tap them.

Have iPad 2 speak Auto-Text corrections

The Speak Auto-text feature speaks auto-corrections and auto-capitalizations as they occur. Both features can be turned on using Keyboard settings, and they correct certain typing mistakes as you make them.

If you enter text in an application such as Pages or Mail after turning on these features, and an automatic correction is made, Speak Auto-text lets you know what change was made by speaking it out loud.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

    A list of settings appears on the left.

  2. Under the General settings, tap Accessibility.

    The Accessibility options appear on the right.

  3. Tap the Speak Auto-text On/Off button to turn on the feature.

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  4. Tap the Home button to leave Settings.

    The Speak Auto-text feature is turned on.

Why would you want iPad to tell you whenever an auto-correction has been made? If you have vision challenges and you know that you typed ain’t when writing dialogue for a character in your novel, but iPad corrected it to isn’t, you would want to know.

Similarly, if you type the poet’s name e.e. Cummings and auto-capitalization corrects it (incorrectly), you need to know immediately so that you can change it back again!

Display large text on the iPad 2 screen

If having larger text in the Contacts, Mail, and Notes apps would be helpful to you, turn on the Large Text feature and choose the text size that works best for you.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

    A list of settings appears on the left.

  2. Under the General settings, tap Accessibility.

    The Accessibility options appear on the right.

  3. Tap the Large Text button to turn on the feature.

    A list of text sizes appears.

  4. Tap the text size you prefer.

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  5. Tap the Home button to close the Settings dialog.

    Text is displayed in the size you selected.

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