What Does Windows Offer Accessibility Features?
Windows offers many programs and settings that make the computer easier and more comfortable to use. Additional accessory technology products can be added to your computer if you need other accessibility features. More information about accessibility and assistive technology products is available on the Microsoft Accessibility website.
Ease of Access Center
Ease of access center is a central location that you can use to set up accessibility settings and programs available in Windows. In the ease of the access center, you will get quick access to set up accessibility settings and programs in Windows. You will also find a link to a questionnaire that Windows can use to help you suggest settings that you can find useful.
Use a Computer Without a Display– Windows comes with a basic screen reader called a descriptor that will read the large text that appears on the screen. There are also settings to provide audio descriptions for videos in Windows and how the dialog boxes appear.
Programs and Hardware are Compatible with Windows – In addition, many other programs and hardware are compatible with Windows and are available to assist people with dark, including screen readers, Braille output devices and other useful products. For more information, visit the Microsoft Accessibility website.
Make the Computer Easier – Make the computer easier to see many settings are available to help make the information easier on the screen. For example, the display can be extended, the color can be adjusted to easily view and read the screen, and unnecessary animation and background images can be removed. For more information, see Make the computer look easy.
Use a computer without a mouse or keyboard – Windows includes an on-screen keyboard that you can use to type. You can also use speech recognition to control your computer with voice commands and direct the program to the text. For more information, see Use a computer without a mouse or a keyboard.
Make the Mouse Easy to Use – You can change the size and color of the mouse pointer, and use the keyboard to control the mouse. For more information, see Make the Mouse Easy to Use.
Make the Keyboard Easier to Use – You can adjust the mouse by mouse or keyboard input so that key combinations can be pressed, typing is easy, and ignore unknown key press. For more information, see Make the keyboard easy to use.
Use the Text and Visual Options for Sound – Windows can replace two types of audio information with visual counterparts. You can replace system sounds with visual alerts and you can display text captions for spoken dialogs in multimedia program. For more information, see Use Text and View Options for sounds.
Make It Easy to Focus on Reading and Typing Tasks -Many settings can help to focus on reading and typing. You can read the information to the narrator on the screen, adjust how the keyboard responds to some keystrokes, and controls whether some visible elements are displayed or not. For more information, see focus on tasks, make it easy to see.
In addition to the ease of access center, Windows includes three programs that can make communication easier with your computer.
- Magnifier – Magnifier is a program that enlarges a part of your computer screen, making it easy to read. For more information on using Magnifier, see the item appear bigger on screen.
- Narrative – The narrator is a program that reads text on your screen aloud. For more information about using the narrator, see the text over large text with the statement.
- On the Screen Keyboard– The on-screen keyboard is a program that lets you use your mouse or other device to interact with the keyboard on the screen. For more information on using the on-screen keyboard, see Type without using the keyboard.