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Transcription of Control Without a Mouse or Keyboard Demo

Welcome to the demonstration of how to Control the Computer Without a Mouse or Keyboard in Windows Vista.

Many options in Windows Vista make it easier to use an alternative input device in place of a standard mouse or keyboard.

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 mouse or keyboard."

Here you'll explore how to:

  • Type using a pointing device, and
  • Avoid using the mouse and keyboard

Type using a pointing device

On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all of the standard keys on the screen. Instead of relying on the physical keyboard to type, you can select keys using the mouse or another pointing device, a small group of keys, or just one key. Several keyboard layouts and views are available to promote faster typing, or to give access to the maximum number of keys.

Choose from:

  • Enhanced or Standard Keyboard layout
  • Regular or block lettering on the keys
  • 101, 102, or 106 keys

Three different typing modes can be used in On-Screen Keyboard:

  • Clicking mode
  • Hovering mode, or
  • Scanning mode

In Clicking mode, click the on-screen keyboard keys to type text.

In Hovering mode, use a mouse or joystick to select a key by hovering over it. In Scanning Mode, On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard highlighting a line of keys. Pressing any keyboard key, or a single switch, selects the line.

Then, On-Screen Keyboard begins scanning the individual keys in the line and the desired key is selected with the same keyboard key or switch.

To make the On-Screen Keyboard keys easier to see, change the font, font style, and font size from the Settings menu.

Turn on ClickSound to hear a sound when keys are pressed.

Avoid using the mouse and keyboard

Speech Recognition empowers you to interact with your computer by voice.

Use Speech Recognition to dictate documents and e-mail, navigate the Internet, and command applications and the operating system by saying what you see. With Speech Recognition you can reduce the use of a mouse and a keyboard while maintaining or increasing your overall productivity.

The Windows Speech Recognition configuration page includes:

  • Start Speech Recognition
  • Set up microphone
  • Take Speech Tutorial
  • Train your computer to better understand you
  • Open the Speech Reference Card, and
  • Advanced speech options

These topics walk you through the process of adjusting your microphone, learning speech recognition commands, training the computer to understand your voice, and finding help when you need it.

Learn more in the Speech Recognition demonstration.

This concludes our demonstration.

Tutorials are provided for the accessibility settings and programs demonstrated.

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