Configuring Windows for people who are blind or have impaired vision

Using Display in Control Panel, people who have impaired vision or are blind can select larger fonts and icons, increase the size of screen elements by using a lower screen resolution, or change the size of windows and window borders. Using Mouse in Control Panel, you can adjust mouse properties to display larger or more visible mouse pointers and control the speed and animation of the mouse pointer.

When using Windows-based programs, you can change font sizes and colors, background color, and window size. In some programs, you can magnify the elements that are displayed in the program's window.

Using the Properties or Default dialog boxes in MS-DOS programs, you can change font types, sizes, and colors, background color, and the size of the cursor and program window.

The following tools are available with Windows. For more information, click Related Topics.

High Contrast

Using High Contrast, you can specify that Windows uses colors and fonts that are designed for easy reading.

Step-by-step procedure

Magnifier

Using Magnifier, you can magnify a portion of your screen to make it more easily readable.

Additional information

Narrator

Narrator is a text-to-speech program that reads aloud the text that is displayed on your screen.

Additional information

ToggleKeys

ToggleKeys causes tones to sound when you press CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, and SCROLL LOCK.

Step-by-step procedure

The accessibility tools that ship with Windows are intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with special needs. Most users with disabilities will need utility programs with more advanced functionality for daily use.

Control Panel accessibility options

Magnifier overview

Narrator overview

Accessibility Wizard

Utility Manager overview



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