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Transcription of Use Text or Visual Alternatives for Sounds Demo

Accessibility settings in Windows Vista can make it easier to use text or visual alternatives for sounds. You can also choose sound options to make it easier to hear your computer. To explore settings, open the Ease of Access Center in Control Panel by pressing the Windows Logo key + U.

Then, select "Use text or visual alternatives for sounds."

Here you'll explore:

  • Use visual cues instead of sounds, and
  • Audio devices and sound themes

Use visual cues instead of sounds

Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry) to receive notifications for system sounds visually rather than audibly.

Then choose a visual warning:

  • None
  • Flash active caption bar
  • Flash active window
  • Flash desktop

Some programs provide text captions for audio information, similar to closed captioning on television.

Turn on text captions for spoken dialog (when available) to read captions when sounds play.

Audio devices and sound themes

Select "Audio devices and sound themes" to adjust sound options including system volume and sounds.

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:

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