Comparison of Accessibility Features in Versions of Windows

Windows accessibility features and options are listed below. If a tutorial is available to help you adjust options related to the feature, the feature name is linked. Select the name of the product at the top of the column to display a full list of tutorials for the product. In some cases, tutorials for one version of a product will also help you adjust the options in another version for which a tutorial is not available.

Features Related To: Windows 8 Windows 7 Windows Vista
All Accessibility Areas Accessibility Features Loaded by Default Accessibility Features Loaded by Default Accessibility Features Loaded by Default
Ease of Access Center Ease of Access Center Ease of Access Center
Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard Shortcuts
Fast User Switching Fast User Switching Fast User Switching
Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use
Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds
Online Accessibility Help Online Accessibility Help Online Accessibility Help
Synchronize Accessibility Settings between PCs Save Accessibility Settings to File Save Accessibility Settings to File
Speech Recognition Speech Recognition Speech Recognition
Windows Touch Windows Touch  
Vision Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options)
Cursor width Cursor width Cursor width
High Contrast High Contrast High Contrast
Magnifier (control from edges of the screen with touch-enabled device) Magnifier (lens mode and improved magnification) Magnifier (improved and more powerful magnification)
Mouse Keys Mouse Keys Mouse Keys
Narrator Narrator Narrator
Personalize your computer (including changing text size without losing graphics quality) Personalize your computer (including changing text size without losing graphics quality) Personalize your computer
Pointer Schemes (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Schemes Pointer Schemes
Pointer Speed & Acceleration (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Speed & Acceleration Pointer Speed & Acceleration
Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer
Snap To (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Snap To (included in Mouse Options) Snap To (included in Mouse Options)
Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds
Sound Schemes Sound Schemes Sound Schemes
Toggle Keys Toggle Keys Toggle Keys
Hearing Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds Use text or visual alternatives to sounds
Sound Volume Control Sound Volume Control Sound Volume Control
Text or visual alternatives for sound Text or visual alternatives for sound Text or visual alternatives for sound
Turn on text captions Turn on text captions Turn on text captions
Dexterity and Mobility Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options)
Configure mouse for right- or left-handed use, choose click speed (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Configure mouse for right- or left-handed use, choose click speed Configure mouse for right- or left-handed use, choose click speed
Cursor Width Control Cursor Width Control Cursor Width Control
Filter Keys Filter Keys Filter Keys
Mouse Keys Mouse Keys Mouse Keys
On-Screen Keyboard (now can be resized and includes text prediction) On-Screen Keyboard (now can be resized and includes text prediction) On-Screen Keyboard
Pointer Schemes (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Schemes Pointer Schemes
Pointer Speed & Acceleration (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Speed & Acceleration Pointer Speed & Acceleration
Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer
Snap To (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Snap To (included in Mouse Options) Snap To (included in Mouse Options)
Speech Recognition Speech Recognition Speech Recognition
Sticky Keys Sticky Keys Sticky Keys
Toggle Keys Toggle Keys Toggle Keys
Windows Touch Windows Touch  
Language and Learning Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options) Click Lock (included in Mouse Options)
Cursor Width Control Cursor Width Control Cursor Width Control
Personalize your PC (including changing text size without losing graphics quality) Personalize your computer (including changing text size without losing graphics quality) Personalize your computer
Pointer Schemes (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Schemes Pointer Schemes
Pointer Speed & Acceleration (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Speed & Acceleration Pointer Speed & Acceleration
Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse) Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer Pointer Visibility: Show Pointer Trails, Hide Pointer While Typing, Show Location of Pointer
Snap To (included in Mouse Options) Snap To (included in Mouse Options) Snap To (included in Mouse Options)
Seizure Disorders Cursor Blink Rate (under Keyboard settings: Search > Settings > Cursor blink rate) Cursor Blink Rate Cursor Blink Rate