Transcription of Use the Computer Without a Display Demo

Welcome to the demonstration of how to Use the Computer Without a Display in Windows Vista.

There are a number of accessibility settings in Windows Vista you can choose when you use your computer without a display.

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

Then, select "Use the computer without a display."

Here you'll explore:

  • Hear text read aloud
  • Adjust time limits and flashing visuals, and
  • Audio devices and sound themes

Hear text read aloud

Narrator is a text-to-speech program that reads what is displayed on your screen, the contents of the active window, menu options, or the text you have typed. Narrator lets you customize the way screen elements are read.

Choose the text Narrator reads aloud such as:

  • Keystrokes
  • System messages, and
  • Scroll notifications

And, choose Narrator voice settings including:

  • Speed
  • Volume, and
  • Pitch

(Narrator voice)


Turn on audio descriptions if you want to hear descriptions of what's happening in videos.

Set up text-to-speech to hear text, buttons, menus, file names, and other items on the screen—even keystrokes.

Set the voice speed and preview the voice on the Text to Speech tab.

Adjust time limits and flashing visuals

If you use your computer without a display, or prefer to block unnecessary animations, choose Turn off all unnecessary animations.

Choose how long Windows notification dialog boxes stay open from 7 seconds to 5 minutes.

Audio devices and sound themes

You can adjust the volume control by selecting the volume control icon in the Taskbar by pressing the Windows logo key+B, then the arrow keys, SPACEBAR, and the arrow keys again to move the slider up (to increase volume) and down (to decrease volume).

Windows comes with several sets of sounds that play for common program events.

Choose from a Windows desktop theme, create your own custom sound scheme, or modify an existing scheme.

This concludes our demonstration.

Tutorials are provided for the accessibility settings and programs demonstrated.

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