Transcription of Make the Keyboard Easier to Use Demo

Welcome to the demonstration of how to Make the Keyboard Easier to Use in Windows Vista.

Many accessibility settings in Windows Vista can make the keyboard easier or more comfortable to use. If you use the keyboard without the mouse, these options can help you use the keyboard more effectively.

To explore settings, open the Ease of Access Center in Control Panel by pressing the Windows Logo key + U.

Then, select "Make the keyboard easier to use."

Here you'll explore how to:

  • Control the mouse with the keyboard
  • Make it easier to type
  • Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts, and
  • Choose a Dvorak keyboard layout

Control the mouse with the keyboard

Turn on Mouse Keys to control the mouse pointer using the numeric keypad if you want to use the keyboard instead of the mouse.

Make it easier to type

Turn on Sticky Keys to press keyboard shortcuts (such as CTRL, ALT, and Delete) one key at a time, rather than simultaneously.

Many options are available for Sticky Keys.

Turn on Toggle Keys to hear a tone each time you press CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK.

These alerts can help prevent the frustration of accidentally pressing one of these keys.

Turn on Filter Keys to ignore keystrokes or slow down repeated keystrokes and adjust keyboard repeat rates.

  • Turn on Bounce Keys so that your computer will ignore repeated keystrokes).
  • Choose how long the computer waits before accepting keystrokes (from .5 to 2 seconds).
  • Turn on and Set up Repeat Keys and Slow Keys to ignore brief keystrokes.
  • Beep when keys are pressed or accepted, and
  • Display the Filters Key icon on the taskbar.

Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can save you time and motion, and make you less dependent on a mouse. It is easier to identify keyboard shortcuts when you choose to Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys. Then the underlined letter, or access key you use with ALT to execute a command, is always displayed in Windows.

To find out more about keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista, open Windows Help and Support by pressing F1, then type "keyboard shortcuts."

More information about keyboard shortcuts is available at:

Choose a Dvorak keyboard layout

Keyboard layouts let you customize your keyboard for a specific language or font. They control which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard.

Alternative keyboard layouts called "Dvorak" layouts may be helpful to people who type with one hand or finger.

To choose a Dvorak layout, or other alternative layout, select Add a Dvorak keyboard and change other keyboard input settings.

For a step by step tutorial on selecting Dvorak and other keyboard input settings, see the Tutorials section of this demo.

Keyboard settings

In Keyboard Properties, on the Speed tab, adjust the character repeat delay rate when you type a letter, and the cursor blink rate to make the cursor easier to see.

Choose the length of repeat delay (from long to short), and a repeat rate (from short to fast) using the slider bars.

Choose the cursor blink rate from none (does not blink) to Fast (blinks rapidly).

This concludes our demonstration.

Tutorials are provided for the accessibility settings and programs demonstrated.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Accessibility Web site at: