Windows 10 Accessibility
If users with Windows 10 are having trouble using it, they can access the accessibility features built in Windows 10 for a much better experience. To get to the accessibility features, the user will need to go to settings. They can access it through the start menu and selecting Settings. To then get to the Accessibility features, select Ease of Access. Much of these features appeared in the older versions of Windows making it easier for the developer and, most importantly, the user.
This article shows how to access the Accessibility feature on Windows 10 and what each function does.
For those who are visually impaired or have a sight condition. This tool will read to the user any piece of content on a web page and/or on a application. This feature also reads off characters as the user is typing as well as play sounds to notify the user when they are accessing a new page or application. Like the previous versions of Windows, the user can change the voicing of the Narrator to either a Male (Microsoft David) or Female (Microsoft Zira) narrator.
Magnifier is a tool that also appears in Windows 10 as well as the older versions. This tool is made for user whom may have trouble reading what is on their screen. When turning on Magnifier, it may zoom in automatically. You will also see a transparent magnifying glass. Clicking on it will give you more options whether you want to zoom in or out and access the options and preferences for Magnifier. Closing the window will turn off Magnifier.
This tool is used for changing the color scheme on the computer. It will change the colors for Texts, images, applications, and shortcuts. This tool is primarly used by user if they are colorblind. The image on the right show what happens to the screen when the user selects one of the Themes.
This functions adds subtitles on a media player the user might use. There are more options that the user can have such as choosing the color they want or change the font to the user's specific needs. User's can reference what the closed captions look like at the top of the window using the Preview window.
Probably the most recognized tool in Windows, the Keyboard Accessibility features allows the user to customize to their needs.
- On-Screen Keyboard: Allows the user to use the touchscreen as a keyboard instead of an actual keyboard connected to the machine. (commonly used if the user is using a tablet device)
- Sticky Keys: Used in order to prevent keyboard keys to be help down for a long period of time.
- Toggle Keys: Used in order to know which lock function is on.
- Filter Keys: Used for the convenience of the user to minimize the use of using the backspace key to delete words.
This function is for those who might have problems indicating where their cursor is. The user can change the size and the color of the cursor. The user can also setup to where they may use their Keyboard as a secondary mouse by turning on Mouse Keys. The user can also change the speed of Mouse Keys accordingly to their needs by holding Ctrl to speed up and Shift to slow down.
This page allows the user to turn on any miscellaneous settings to enhance their use on Windows 10.