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Microsoft Windows Accessibility Options
Microsoft Windows allows you to change some features on your computer, for example, making Text Larger, changing your keyboard and mouse options or making the screen a higher contrast.

We'll take you through some screen shots to show you how to change the different accessibility options on your computer.

The Windows Accessibility Options are located in your Control Panel. Go to START, SETTINGS and CONTROL PANEL & click on Accessibility Options.

Find out about Microsoft Accessibility Wizard

Note: These pictures are just screen shots, you must set the options manually on your own computer and they will become effective immediately.

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Once you are in the Control Panel's Accessibility Properties, you will see how you can change the different options:



Click on the links below to find descriptions and screenshots of the some of Windows most useful accessibility options:


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The StickyKeys option is used when you want to press two keys at the same time, for example, if you want to type a CAPITAL LETTER, or a "?", or copy text using the Control + C. StickyKeys allows you to type one key at a time. This is a great feature for people who type with one finger or use a mouth wand.

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Filter Keys

FilterKeys allow you to change the length of time it takes for a keystroke to be show up on the screen. So if you press several keys accidentally, nothing happens. The Filter Keys option is useful when shaky or jerking hand movements cause unwanted extra keystrokes. If you have fine motor difficulties, this feature allows you to set your own preference of when the keystrokes will appear on the screen.

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If you do not want to use the mouse, MouseKeys allow you to use the numeric keyboard for all the mouse functions.You can also set the speed of the pointer. It is located under the Mouse Tab.

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High Contrast

For some of us, it is easier to see whats on the screen if there is a high contrast. Windows allows you to change how your screen looks. Below are examples of high contrast black and white screens while using Literacy Explorer.


picture of high contrast option

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High Contrast Black

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High Contrast White

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Make Text Larger

If you prefer to have large print on your screen, you can also change by going to your "Display Properties." The easiest way to get there, is to right click on your desktop and go down to "Properties." (Display is also located in your control panel) Once you are there, click on the Appearance Tab. In the drop down menu under "Scheme," select Windows Standard (extra large) or (large)

Note: *If you want to just change the size of the text while surfing the web & you are using Netscape Navigator, all you need to do is press CTRL + ].


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