1.5 User Accessibility

MySQL Workbench includes methods to improve user accessibility.


Adjust fronts from the Appearance tab in the Preferences menu:

Figure 1.31 Appearance Preferences

Appearance Preferences

Choose the character set under the Configure Fonts For setting (typically leave the default setting here) and then adjust the fonts to fit your needs. From here you can adjust the font type and size for several GUI elements in MySQL Workbench, including the SQL editor.


Font changes require a refresh or restart before they take effect.

The following image shows the SQL Editor after changing the Editor font size from 10 to 30:

Figure 1.32 SQL Editor with Font size 30

SQL Editor with Font size 30

Color Presets

Here you define the colors used in EER diagrams for the tables, views, layers, and notes. You can edit or add additional color choices by entering their ASCII values.


On Windows, a MySQL Workbench Theming preference tab is available that also supports a High Contrast color theme. This theme preference affects the MySQL Workbench GUI.

Figure 1.33 Theming Preference

Theming Preference

Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA)

On Windows, MySQL Workbench supports MSAA, which allows use of screen reader applications with MySQL Workbench.