Accessibility Features for Windows 10 2020

I will show you every feature at setting that I am aware of and hopefully you will find at least one or two of these could be useful and giving you a better experience when using Windows 10.

Accessibility Features for Windows 10 2020

I will show you every feature at setting that I am aware of and hopefully you will find at least one or two of these could be useful and giving you a better experience when using Windows 10.


There's more than a dozen features I’ll be showing you so we're going to dive right in and open the Settings app you could use the keyboard shortcut which is the Windows key + I or in the lower left corner let's click the Windows Start menu icon and select settings from here go to ease of access in the left pane you'll see that they're grouped into three categories which are visionhearing and interaction.

Let's start here at the top and vision and go through these in order beginning with display if you're finding the thought size to be too small but reading any text you can make the text bigger with this handy slider just left-click on it and move it from left to right to make it bigger you'll see a preview above the bar and when you've got it where you want it click on apply' to immediately make the change.

This will only change the size of the text icons images and other items will remain their current size below that there's a drop down menu that will make everything bigger, only use this if you need to for most people increasing the size of the text should be sufficient if you scroll down you'll find additional settings to experiment with if your eyes have difficulty focusing and you actually want to read the notifications you might want to go to show though the patient's for and increase the time the default is 5 seconds.


If you sometimes have difficulty finding the mouse pointer on your screen these settings and cursor and the pointer can help, some of you might remember this is a cool feature I recently showed in another video you can change the pointer size with the slider, let's move it to the right and make it big sometimes bigger is better you can change the pointer color your choices are white black inverted which is awful and you can change the pointer color, you can change the color below there's also a slider to change the thickness of the cursor.

Magnifier is quite useful if you have trouble reading your screen or if you're creative watching a close-up view when working with Photoshop or any other design program, while there is a toggle to turn it on it's more convenient to use the keyboard shortcuts which are listed right below it, the Windows key and the plus key will turn it on.

Using that same combination of the Windows key and the plus key will let you zoom in the Windows key and the minus key will let you zoom out, pressing the Windows key and the Escape key will turn the magnifier off I’ll turn it back on again here let's go to the magnifier box and go to views we're currently in full screen there's a couple of other options including lens and docked I'm not a big fan of docked but let me show you lens, it will give you a magnifying glass using the windows key with the plus or minus key will let you zoom in or zoom out on a specific area.


If you suffer from sensitivity from light or color blindness there's a switch to turn on the color filters I should probably be using this but I don't, I once bought a brown truck everyone tells me it's gray huge mistake on my part because I don't like the color grey, moving on let's scroll down, and I’ll expand the window here at the bottom so you can see the color palette, it's best to experiment with the various filters to find out what works best for you you'll be able to see the changes on the color wheel below.

Another useful one for people with colorblindness or impairment issues is high contrast it can make it easier to view images, text and other items on your screen let's toggle the switch to turn it on once you'll see that this drastically alters the overall color scheme for windows, selecting the drop-down menu will let you select from various themes you can also customize the colors for text, hyperlinks, and other stuff.

Narrator is a read a lot Beecher that is extremely beneficial for those that have low vision issues or even blindness, in short, it describes what is on your screen breathe, selected items and even reads text as you type.

I’ll leave it turned off for now while we go through its settings and startup options if you plan to use this regularly check the box next to Allow the shortcut key to start narrator having this checked lets you turn the narrator on or off using the keyboard shortcut which is the Windows key + Ctrl + Enter, let's scroll down you can change the narrator's voice the speed, pitch and volume and if you keep scrolling there are dozens of other settings that you can change. Let's go back to the top it will start reading once I turn it on, if it's your first time using narrator I'd recommend clicking the link open narrator home this will give you additional help using it.


The first of two in the hearing category is audio the change device volume to the right is the same as the system sound settings so we'll skip over that one if you have a loss of hearing in just one ear turning on mono audio will convert these stereo sound from both channels into a single channel letting you hear everything.

If you struggle to hear audio alerts you can have them visually displayed on your screen if you click on the drop-down menu your choices are flash the title bar of the active window flash the active window and flash the entire screen.


There may be times when reading subtitles on a video is difficult especially when the background is light color in closed captions there are several settings that you can change including the color, transparency, style, size, and effects when you make any change get a preview in the window above. When you scroll down the page there are background settings for you to play around with to improve the readability of the text.

Speech is the first one in the interaction category, if you want to use dictation in Microsoft Word or any other text field on your computer press the Windows key + H to begin we'll skip over Cortana and go down to dictate text and control your device using only your voice with this turned on you can even open programs on your computer with your voice.

Keyboard there's just a couple of things to point out for those times you need an on-screen keyboard just toggle the switch to turn it on let's close that out if you prefer there's a Windows keyboard shortcut shown on the screen that will turn it on or off it's the Windows key + Ctrl + o. Below that if you have finger dexterity issues that make using keyboard shortcuts a difficult task enable sticky keys this lets you press the keys on your physical keyboard one at a time for keyboard shortcuts.

Mouse there's just one setting and it's a cool one, turning it on gives you the ability to use your numeric keypad on your keyboard to move the mouse pointer on your screen you have a couple of sliders here below change the pointer speed and acceleration.

And the last one in this category is eye control if you have a supported eye-tracking device will let you control your mouse cursor type using the on-screen keyboard and perform other functions with the movement of your eyes.


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