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Ease of Access

Windows 10 offers a variety of ways to interact with your favorite apps, displays, and devices with the keyboard and cursor, or by enabling closed captions. Visit the Ease of Access center from your settings menu by pressing Windows + I or from your Start menu and enable settings in a variety of ways.

Hear text read aloud with Narrator

Narrator reads text on your PC screen aloud and describes events, such as notifications or calendar appointments, so you can use your PC without a display. Under this tab, you can turn the Narrator On or Off. It includes several other options where you can adjust the narration controls like the pitch and speed, tasks you want to be narrated, sounds you want to hear like words/characters you type etc.
  1. To start or stop Narrator, press the + Ctrl + Enter.
  2. To see all Narrator commands, press Caps Lock + F1 after you open Narrator. Or, on your Surface Laptop, tap the screen three times with four fingers.
  3. Scan Mode can help you quickly navigate apps and web pages. Press Caps lock + Spacebar to turn it on and off. When it’s turned on, press the up and down arrow keys to move to the next or previous line of text in an app or webpage and the right and left arrow keys to move to the next or previous character. To activate an item, like a button, press the Spacebar.
  4. You can also navigate by word or paragraph. Press Ctrl + Left arrow and Ctrl + Right arrow to move by word. Press Ctrl + Up arrow and Ctrl + Down arrow to move by paragraph.
  5. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Click Narrator on the left to adjust the Narrator settings.

Use braille display with Narrator Windows 10 Narrator supports braille displays from 35 manufacturers. To begin, install Braille on Windows 10.
  1. Press the + U to open Ease of Access settings.
  2. In the Narrator settings, scroll down to the bottom and under Braille (beta), select Download and install braille.

  1. Once the download and installation process is complete, select Enable braille.
  2. Add your braille display. Select ‘Add a braille display‘ option visible on your screen and then choose your braille display manufacturer and connection type – USB or serial port. When done, configure your braille display with other screen readers.

Adjust and set Magnifier

Turn the Magnifier on and you will see a pop-up magnifier open which lets you magnify part of your screen. You can also adjust the Magnifier settings from the Settings button in the pop-up tab.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left side, click “Magnifier” Then on the right side, use the slider and menu options to adjust the Magnifier settings. Scroll down to view Keyboard shortcuts for the Magnifier.

Enable and reset closed caption settings

Give your PC a personalized touch by selecting your own caption color, transparency, style, size and effects. You can also adjust the background and window settings here.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left side, click “Closed captions.”

  2. Select the settings you want and see how they will appear in the Preview at the top.
  3. To return to the default settings, scroll down and select the Restore to defaults button.

Adjust the High Contrast settings

Here you can pick a high-contrast color scheme for your PC. You can select the options from the drop-down menu or create your own high contrast theme by selecting the colors manually. If you don’t like the newly set contrast settings, you can go back to the default settings by pressing Left Alt+ Left Shift+ Print Screen.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left side, click “Color & high contrast.” Use the toggle sliders and drop-down menus to set the color and contrast to meet your needs.

Adjust Keyboard settings

Turn your On-Screen keyboard, Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys and Filter Keys here. Other settings include underlining the Shortcuts and the option to display a warning or making a sound when turning a setting On or Off using a shortcut.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left side, click “Keyboard.” All of the keyboard settings are listed by category. The on-screen keyboard allows you type with touch.

Adjust Mouse Settings

Select the Mouse Pointer size and color here. Also, you can turn on the Mouse Keys button to use the numeric keys to move the mouse around your screen. It is again same as it was given in the previous versions of Windows.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left side, click “Mouse.” Set the pointer size, pointer color, and mouse keys options for ease of access.

Check out other Ease of Access customizations

Other options include the Visual Options settings – Turn the buttons on to play the animations and Show Windows background. You can also make the Notifications last longer by adjusting the Show notifications for setting. Change the notification time from 5 seconds to 5 minutes. You can also control the thickness setting the blinking cursor.
  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Ease of Access or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. On the left, select Other options. Set the visual options, touch feedback, and audio options.