Using accessibility settings in Windows 10

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A computer isn't the easiest thing to use, especially for someone who has trouble with visual, hearing or physical impairments. This guide shows you how to use the accessibility settings to make things easier to interact with.

There's lots of different things you can set up in the 'Ease of Access' settings menu. Open the settings, then choose Ease of Access. You'll then be able to choose from these options:

  • Narrator
  • Magnifier
  • High contrast display themes
  • Closed captioning
  • Keyboard options
  • Mouse options
  • Other visual options

 

Narrator

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The 'Narrator' reads out everything that's on the screen, words and even buttons. There's different voices to choose from, and you can also customise the speed and pitch of the spoken words.

 
 
 
 
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narrator settings
1.

Open the Settings, then choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose Narrator on the left.

3.

Turn On the first switch and the 'Narrator' will start to work.

Magnifier

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The 'Magnifier' makes everything on the desktop bigger and easier to see. It can be controlled with the mouse, so you can point at different things on the screen that you want to see.

 
 
 
 
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magnifier settings
1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

On the left, choose Magnifier.

3.

Turn the first switch On to use the Magnifier.

High-contrast display themes

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Windows 10 has some high-contast display themes that can be used to make things easier for anyone with visual impairments. There's two colourful options, and two black and white options to choose from. 

 
 
 
 
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high contrast settings
1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose High-contrast and then click the drop-down box to pick a Theme.

3.

When you first choose a 'Theme', a preveiw of it is shown so that you can see how it's going to look.

4.

If you're happy with it, click Apply. If not, choose another one or choose None to go back to the standard Windows theme.

Closed captioning

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Windows 10 has lots of options to customise how the 'closed captions' are shown. 

 
 
 
 
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closed captioning
1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose Closed captioning on the left.

3.

Use the drop-down boxes to customise how you want the closed captioning to look.

4.

To go back to the standard settings, click Restore to defaults at the bottom.

Customising the keyboard

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The Ease of access settings for the keyboard lets you see the keyboard on-screen, so you can use the mouse with it. 

 
 
 
 
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keyboard settings
1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose Keyboard on the left.

3.

Turn the first switch On to use the on-screen keyboard.

4.

Now you can customise the other settings to your choice.

Customising the mouse settings

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Use these settings to make the mouse easier to see and control.

 
 
 
 
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mouse settings
1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose Mouse on the left.

3.

Try different settings to find one that's good for you.

Other options

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There's some extra things you can customise in the 'Other' settings.

1.

Open the Settings and choose Ease of access.

2.

Choose Other options on the left.

3.

Customise the settings you want so that it suits you.

Hopefully. your accessibility settings are sorted. If you need any more help, you can contact Team Knowhow Experts here.

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