Browser use and internet connection

Date published: 15 September, 2017

You should be able to use this website with most modern computers but, as a minimum, you will need a PC with a Windows Experience Index rating of 3.5 or greater, running the Windows 7 operating system.

The Windows Experience Index measures how powerful your computer is and you can find out more at the Microsoft website.

Windows Experience Index

This website is designed to work on modern browsers and, to get the best performance, we recommend you use one of the following:

It's easy and free to update your browser. Visit www.browser-update.org to find out how.

You can use the links below to find out more about how to make changes to the settings of these and other common browsers we know are used by our customers, such as changing the font, colour of text, background and how pictures are displayed.

How to change the size of the text on this website

If you need the text on this website to appear bigger, you can adjust the settings in your browser.

  • for Internet Explorer, select 'Text Size' from the 'View' menu. Choose the size that you want from the 'Text Size' menu
  • for Chrome, select the menu button on the top right-hand corner, then > 'Settings' > 'Show advanced settings' > 'Web Content'. Use 'Font size' to adjust the text size
  • for Safari, click on 'View' to open the drop-down menu. If you want to only change the text size rather than everything on the web page, make sure 'Zoom Text Only' is ticked. You can tick or untick it by clicking on it, or use the arrow keys to highlight it and then press Enter. Click 'Zoom In' to increase the text size or 'Zoom Out' to decrease
  • for Firefox, press the 'Alt' key to bring up the Firefox menus. On the menu at the top, click 'View', then go to 'Zoom'. Select 'Zoom Text Only'. This makes the controls only change the size of text

If you are using a PC or Apple Mac, you can also use the keyboard to change the size of text by holding down the Ctrl button (apple button on Macs) and the + or - buttons to make the text larger or smaller.

If you are using a tablet or smartphone, you can zoom into the page by placing two fingers on the screen and dragging them apart.

Printing your land details

If you'd like to create a pdf version of your land details (in your Single Application Form), you may need to adjust some of the settings on your browser. To do this, follow the below steps for Internet Explorer. For other browsers, this may differ.

  • in your browser window, select 'Tools' from the menu bar and select 'Internet Options' from the drop-down list
  • in the pop-up box, select 'Advanced'
  • click 'Reset', which will reset your browsers settings. Please be aware, that this may change any other settings you have personalised in your browser
  • you should now be able to print your land details as a pdf

Your internet connection

While we will work to make sure this website is accessible through as many devices and browsers as possible, it's worth bearing in mind that your internet connection can sometimes limit access to online resources.

Common problems with an internet connection that could stop you fully using this website may include:

  • slow internet speed in your area
  • no or limited access to broadband
  • firewalls or security software being used on your network
  • the number of devices using your internet connection
  • problems with the router or hub in your home or office
  • out-of-date software on your computer

The standard for broadband network speed as a minimum is BT's standard broadband service. This is up to 17Mb/s, limited to up to eight Mb/s in some rural areas.

Speeds of below six Mb/s (including dial-up services) are not suitable for our website and may not provide you with a good user experience.

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is a key step in the Scottish Government's aim for Scotland to become a world class digital nation by 2020.

Commercial roll-out plans cover certain areas in the country, but there are many areas where commercial infrastructure providers have chosen not to develop.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to these areas. Combined with the current commercial roll-out plans, it is expected that around 85 per cent of premises in Scotland should have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015, rising to 95 per cent by the end of 2017.

For more information on the superfast broadband roll-out plans, and to check whether you can get fibre broadband at your own premises yet, just enter your telephone number or postcode into the Instant Checker.

Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband – Instant Checker

Access funding for Broadband

If you live in a rural or remote area that has little or no broadband coverage, you and your community may be able to apply for funding through the Scottish Rural Development Programme's
Broadband scheme.

Broadband scheme