The left column organizes the various accessibility settings. The right column is where changes are made.
Make Text Bigger will increase the size of text found in menus, icons, and certain applications. However, some text may not become bigger, especially text found in applications from companies other than Microsoft (those that don't use Microsoft's system text).
The Make Everything Bigger feature will increase the size of text no matter the application, however it will increase the size of everything including images, icons and apps.
The color of the mouse pointer can also be adjusted. Look for the options under Change the pointer color in the settings window (instructions in the next section below)
Use the color wheel to assess the selected filter
Dark mode replaces the standard light background & dark text system theme with a dark background light text theme which can make text easier to read for some individuals and may reduce eyestrain.
The selected theme can be customized.
Night Light reduces the blue light emitted from the computer screen. Reducing blue light may reduce eye strain when used in dimly lit or dark settings.
Windows magnifier can enlarge the entire screen, or parts of it as needed. Options can be adjusted using the magnifier window once it is enabled.
On the Web: hold CTRL and press the + key to zoom in.
In Microsoft Office: hold CTRL and use the scroll wheel on the mouse
Use these shortcuts to quickly increase the size of the text in programs such as any web browser or in productivity applications such as Microsoft Word or Outlook.
Press Windows Key + CTRL + Enter to toggle the feature on or off.
Narrator is a screen reader designed to support individuals who are blind or who have limited vision.
Mono audio may improve the listening experience for individuals who have significantly better hearing in one ear by combining the left and right audio channels into one channel.
The closed captions settings provide several options for displaying captions for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Captions can also be useful for people in noisy environments or who otherwise have difficulty listening. Options include adjusting the color, size, style and presentation of the caption text and its background.
The computer must be connected to the internet to use dictation.
Speech recognition is designed for people who need assistance operating the computer by voice and requires some training to achieve a high level of accuracy. Use dictation instead for more limited assistance with typing.
Press the Shift key five times to toggle the feature on or off
Sticky keys is designed to enable one handed activation of multi-key combinations such as CTRL+ P (print) or Alt + Tab (switch windows). The feature holds down each system key (CTRL, ALT, Shift or Windows) until an alpha-numeric key is pressed.
Press and hold the Num Lock key for five seconds to toggle the feature on or off
Toggle keys plays a sound each time the Caps Lock or Num Lock keys are pressed.
Press and hold the right Shift key for eight seconds to toggle the feature on or off
Filter Keys can be used to ignore brief or repeated keystrokes and may be useful for people who have difficulty targeting keys or who have a tremor in their hands. The feature includes three settings which can be individually adjusted:
Press Windows Key + CTRL + O to toggle the feature on or off.
The on-screen keyboard may be an alternative to the hardware keyboard for individuals who have limited or no use of their hands because it can be controlled using external ability switches, adaptive pointing devices such as head pointing or using eye gaze.
Allows control of the mouse using the numeric keypad on the hardware keyboard.
Focus Assist silences most notification sounds and pop-up alerts. The feature can be scheduled and only applied to specific apps by customizing the priority app list in the settings area. Once configured, Focus Assist can be accessed from the notification icon in the system tray.
In the New Microsoft Edge: Use the immersive reader button in the address bar or Press the F9 key.
In Microsoft Office 365: Open the Review Menu then select Read Aloud from the toolbar.
Immersive reader is available in many Microsoft products including Office 365 - Microsoft Word, OneNote, and Outlook - and in the Microsoft's Edge web browser.
Once enabled, text suggestions are provided whenever the keyboard is used.