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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

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