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Help with navigating our websites

This section covers how you can navigate our website using either your keyboard or mouse.


Using your keyboard to navigate our websites

Access keys

We have used standard Government access keys on our website in order to allow you to navigate as directly as possible to your desired location using your keyboard. The list of access keys we use is as follows:

  • 1 - Home page
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 7 - Complaints procedure
  • 8 - Terms and conditions
  • 9 - Contact us
  • 0 - Accessibility
  • Z - A to Z Index
  • I - Freedom of Information
Windows-based systems

To activate access keys on Windows-based systems press Alt at the same time as the access key number or letter e.g. Alt + 1 to go to the home page.

Macintosh-based systems

To activate access keys on Macintosh-based systems press Ctrl at the same time as the access key number or letter e.g. Ctrl + 1 to go to the home page.

Firefox 2

If you use Firefox 2, you will need to press shift and Alt at the same time as the access key number or letter e.g. shift + Alt + 1 to go to the home page.

Using the tab key to navigate our websites

If you use the keyboard tab key or a switch-operated device to navigate websites, you may find our jump links useful. On each page you will reach the content first (with the exception of the home page), but the first link you come to will take you to the main navigation if you choose to follow it. There is also a jump link to the main navigation at the end of the content of each page.

For more information on help with navigating websites using your keyboard, go to the BBC My Web My Way website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/keyboard/sub_1.shtml (new window).

Using your mouse to navigate our websites

For more information on using your mouse to navigate websites such as adjusting the speed of your mouse, making it left-handed and making your mouse pointer larger, go to the BBC My Web My Way website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/win/keyboard/mouse_easy/sub_2.shtml (new window). The BBC site also covers alternatives to the mouse and keyboard.

If you have any feedback you would like to share with us about navigating our websites send us an email (new window), we would like to hear from you.

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