Setting Accessibility Options in Windows 10

Windows features a number of different Windows 10 Accessibility Options to make it easier for people who are differently-abled to use a computer. 

Vision

See Make Windows easier to see to view the variety of features and options that Windows 10 offers to help make your screen easier to see.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • You can adjust the size and color of text and other apps on your Windows screen. 
  • To make the mouse pointer more visible, you can change the color and size. 
  • There is the Magnifier to part or all of your screen to view images and texts better. 
  • If there's not enough contrast between the elements on your screen, try using a high contrast theme.

Narrator

Narrator reads aloud the text on your PC screen. It also describes events such as notifications and calendar appointments, which lets you use your PC without a display.

  • For detailed info about how to use Narrator, including a complete list of Narrator keyboard commands, see Complete guide to Narrator.

Color Filters

 Color filters change the color palette on the screen and can help you distinguish between things that differ only by color.

Hearing

See Make Windows easier to hear if you have difficulty hearing your PC.

Windows offers the following to make it easier to hear:

  • Windows offers you to convert stereo sound into a single channel, so even if you are just using one headphone, you can hear everything.
  • If you have trouble hearing audio alerts, you can have your PC display them visually.
  • By default, Windows notifications disappear five seconds after they appear. If you want more time to read them, you can increase how long they're displayed
  • Windows lets you customize things like the color, size, and background of closed captions.
  • You can customize how closed captions appear in Windows. Closed captions let you read the words spoken in the audio portion of a video, TV show, or movie.

Neurodiversity

See Make it easier to focus on tasks to find out how to minimize distractions in order to focus on tasks.

Windows offers the following to limit distractions:

  • Minimize visual distractions by turning off animations, background images, and more.
  • Choose which icons appear on the taskbar and reduce the number of items in view.
  • Many apps use Live Tiles to show updates on what's happening in your world, like new email, your next appointment, or the weekend weather. If these animations are distracting, turn them off.
  • Focus assist lets you to set rules that help you avoid distractions. 

Mobility

  • There are settings that can make your mouse, mouse pointer, text cursor, and keyboard easier to use or see. 
  • Eye Control in Windows 10 helps you to set up and calibrate your eye tracking device.
  • With Windows Hello you can quickly and securely sign-in with just a look or touch, (requires specialized hardware).

Reference

Windows 10 Accessibility Features

 

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Article ID: 128146
Created
Tue 2/16/21 3:45 PM
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