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Windows accessibility

Find out how Windows accessibility features help you do more

Vision

Make your device easier to see or use without a screen.

Built in screen reader

Narrator

Narrator describes Windows and apps and enables you to interact with them without viewing a screen. Command and control your device using a keyboard or with a range of gestures on touch supported devices.

Narrator with Apps

Mail, Groove, Store and other apps

Narrator and other leading screen readers work well with Windows, apps and websites when developers plan for and build accessible apps.

Save time with shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts

Touchscreen gestures offer new possibilities, but keyboard shortcuts haven't gone away. Get the most out of Windows with shortcuts for apps and desktops.

Hear all the action

Audio descriptions

Supported on Microsoft media players, these audio tracks describe what is happening on the screen so that you don’t miss any of the action.

Get a closer look

Magnifier

Magnifier is a tool that enlarges part—or all—of your screen so you can see words and images better. It comes with a few different settings, so use it the way that suits you best.

Point accurately

Cursor and pointer size

It’s easier to follow the mouse by changing the pointer color and size. You can even add trails and touch feedback.

Delegate digitally

Cortana

Cortana is your digital assistant. She'll help you get things done, such as setting reminders, opening apps, finding facts, and sending emails and texts. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

Save time with dictation

Speech recognition

Dictate documents and email or surf the web just by saying what you see. With a little training, it understands you. And because it runs locally, no network is required and your privacy is protected.

Make apps and text bigger

Customize your display

Make the text and other items on your screen, such as icons, easier to see by making them the ideal size for you.

Notice every detail

High contrast themes

Increase the color contrast of text and images on your screen, making them easier to identify. Each high contrast theme can be customized to suit your needs and tastes.

Simplify Windows

Animations, backgrounds, and transparency

Windows makes it easy to minimize distractions by reducing animations and turning off background images and transparency.

Keep alerts up longer

Notification timing

In Windows, notifications disappear five seconds after they appear. This might not be enough time for you to notice them if you have difficulty seeing or hearing. You can increase the time a notification will be displayed up to five minutes.

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Hearing

Make your device easier to hear or use with these visual alternatives to sound.

Break the sound barrier

Skype Translator

Instantly transcribes voice to text so you won’t miss what’s being said. You can even type a response and have it read to someone that can’t see your response. Skype Translator uses machine learning, so the more you use it, the better it gets.

See every gesture

Skype video calling

A great way for people who use sign language to communicate one-on-one or in group video calls. Skype is available on a variety of platforms and devices, so you don’t have to worry about whether your co-workers, friends and family can communicate with you.

Chat at your own pace

Messaging and sharing with Skype

Talk with your fingers—gossip away, plan a trip, or work on a project—all in an instant. Send files, photos and videos of any size. You can share your screen, too.

Catch your eye

Visual notifications for sound

If hearing audible alerts is difficult, you can replace or augment them with visible alerts. Rather than sound cues, you can have your active Window or entire screen flash when a notification arrives.

Keep alerts up longer

Notification timing

In Windows, notifications disappear five seconds after they appear. This might not be enough time for you to notice them if you have difficulty seeing or hearing. You can increase the time a notification will be displayed up to five minutes.

Read and enjoy

Closed captioning

Closed captions let you read the words that are spoken in movies or television shows. With Windows, you can customize things like color, size, and background transparency to suit your needs and tastes.

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Physical

Make your device easier to use if have limited reach or strength.

Delegate digitally

Cortana

Cortana is your digital assistant. She'll help you get things done, such as setting reminders, opening apps, finding facts, and sending emails and texts. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be.

Use voice commands

Speech recognition

Dictate documents and email or surf the web just by saying what you see. With a little training, it understands you. And because it runs locally, no network is required and your privacy is protected.

Choose the right words

Word prediction

The On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) in Windows helps you author text with word completion and word prediction. Not only does this help save time if you have mobility limitations, it can also help choose the best next word if you have a learning disability or cognitive impairment.

Type with your screen

On-Screen Keyboard (OSK)

Instead of relying on a physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can also use the On-Screen Keyboard. Select keys using a mouse or any other pointing device like a joystick or trackball.

Info at a glance

Live Tiles

Live Tiles in Windows 10 display information that is useful at a glance without opening an app. For example, the News tile displays headlines and the Weather tile displays the forecast. You can rearrange, resize, and move these tiles to make them work best for you.

Type what you want

Sticky, Filter, and Toggle Keys

If you have limited control of your hands, Windows enables you to personalize your keyboard. Type one command at a time or ignore repeated keys.

Chase the mouse away

Mouse Keys

Use the numeric keypad on your keyboard—instead of the mouse—to move the pointer.

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Cognition

Make it easier to focus and get more things done with Windows.

Take a time out

Quiet Hours, Notifications, Live Tiles and Task Bar Badges

Turn on Quiet Hours and you won’t be disturbed between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. Change your settings at any time to adjust how and when you see notifications and other alerts outside of Quiet Hours.

Simplify Windows

Animations, backgrounds and transparency

Windows makes it easy to minimize distractions by reducing animations and turning off background images and transparency.

Put suggestions on hold

Edge, Cortana and Start suggestions

Start Edge with a blank page and turn off Cortana and Start suggestions when you need to focus. They’ll be there when you turn them back on.

Clean up your desktop

Desktop icons, Start and Task Bar

Sometimes you need to get organized before you can get down to business. Right-click on your Desktop and click View to arrange your icons. Take a few extra steps to organize your apps or Task Bar.

Limit distractions

Edge Reading View

Clears distracting content from web pages so you can stay focused on what you really want to read. You can even change the style to suit your preferences.

Reading-friendly fonts

Fluent Fonts

Some fonts have been proven to make it easier to read. Fluent Sitka Small and Fluent Calibri are fonts that add character and enhance word and line spacing. They address “visual crowding.” Give them a try.

Save time with dictation

Speech recognition

Dictate documents and email or surf the web just by saying what you see. With a little training, it understands you. And because it runs locally, no network is required and your privacy is protected.

Choose the right words

Word prediction

The On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) in Windows helps you author text with word prediction and completion. Not only does this help save time if you have mobility impairments, it can also help choose the best next word if you have a learning difference or cognitive impairment.

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Assistive technology providers

Learn more about the third-party providers that develop and manufacture assistive technology products for use by Microsoft customers.