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Accessibility options in Windows 10: convenient for everyone

Windows (and many other operating systems) have accessibility options. Although they are intended primarily for people with certain limitations, they can also be useful for general use.

When it comes to accessibility, most people soon think of facilities for disabled people or people with disabilities. This also applies to the section Accessibility in Windows. However, this is only partially true. Some of these accessibility options are also very useful for the average person. In Windows 10, start the Settings app via the sprocket wheel in the Start menu, followed by a click on Accessibility. You will now see a column with categories on the left. For example, the Teller is very useful for reading text in a document or web page. This way you can do something different while listening, for example. Then there is the magnifying glass that sometimes comes in handy if you just want to look at small details as quickly as you like. It is important to choose Lens under magnifying glass mode. If you don’t do that, then the whole screen becomes a magnifying glass which is quite irritating. You can switch on the virtual magnifying glass using the Windows keypad + Plus key (numeric keypad). Switch off by pressing the Windows key + Esc.


Under Colour and high contrast we find some less interesting options for normal use. Although it is nice to turn on Grayscale tones, it seems like you’re working on an old black and white monitor. Ah, those good old times! Subtitling can usually be left for what it is. You can find some practical settings in Keyboard again, so you can turn on a on-screen keyboard here. Useful if you want to avoid keyloggers on a public PC for example. The other switches here can also make it easier for some people to use the keyboard. A matter of trying.


Under Mouse you will find a very nice option in the form of using the switch under Numeric keypad to move the mouse on the screen. Turn this option on and after pressing the Alt left + Shift Left + NumLock keypad and a click on Yes to confirm will enable the mouse buttons. Ideal if your mouse breaks down at an inconvenient time. Or for a media PC with wireless keyboard, you save another mouse. To deactivate the keyboard mouse, press the same key combination again.

Show reports later

Do you think reports from the message center are shown too short? Then you are certainly not the only one. Customize can be made under More Options, simply choose a longer display time. If you are annoyed by Windows animations or if you run Windows on a minimalist system, you can turn off the animations using the appropriate switch. This may result in a slightly more responsive overall picture.

Until recently, you could go to Windows 10 for free via Accessibility. With the arrival of the Fall Creators Update, that function has finally been demolished from Windows. If you want to update from Windows 7 or 8.1 now, you really will have to pay.

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