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Comparison of Accessibility Features in Various Versions of Windows

Microsoft Windows accessibility features 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 feature in another version for which a tutorial is not available. See also Accessibility Guide to Transitioning to Windows 7.

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
Apply settings to logon desktop
Apply settings to logon desktop
Automatic Reset
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
Make accessibility settings default for new users
Make accessibility settings default for new users
Make accessibility settings default for new users
Notification (sound and visual)
Notification (sound and visual)
Notification (sound and visual)
Online Accessibility Help
Online Accessibility Help
Online Accessibility Help
Synchronize Accessibility Settings between PC’s
Save Accessibility Settings to File
Save Accessibility Settings to File
Speech Recognition
Speech Recognition
Speech Recognition
Microsoft Account
User Profiles
User Profiles
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 Schemes
High Contrast Schemes
Magnifier (control from edges of the screen with touch-enabled device)
Magnifier (now with lens mode and improved magnification)
Magnifier (magnification 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
Scalable User Interface Elements
Scalable User Interface Elements
Scalable User Interface Elements
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
Serial Keys
Snap To (included in Mouse settings: Search > Settings > Mouse)
Snap To (included in Mouse Options)
Snap To (included in Mouse Options)
Sound notification
Sound notification (Sound Sentry)
Sound notification (Sound Sentry)
Sound Schemes
Sound Schemes
Sound Schemes
ToggleKeys
ToggleKeys
ToggleKeys
Hearing
Notification (visual)
Notification (visual)
Notification (visual)
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
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
 
Microsoft Office Live
Windows Meeting Space
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
Scalable User Interface Elements
Scalable User Interface Elements
Scalable User Interface Elements
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
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
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
What happened to Serial Keys?
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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