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- I want to see things larger.
- I want to change my text and background colours.
- I want to change my font type.
- I want my computer to read text.
- I want to make my keyboard easier to use.
- I want to make my mouse easier to use.
- I want to voice-control my computer.
I want to control the mouse with my keyboard.
Many people find using a standard mouse difficult. Choosing an alternative to the standard mouse may help, but others may find pressing keys on the keyboard to control the mouse the easiest option for them.
This section explains how to use 'Mouse Keys' that enable you to control your mouse from the numeric keypad. You do not have a conventional mouse plugged in to use this feature.
Using your keyboard to control the mouse in Windows 7 and Vista
Ease of Access Center has replaced Accessibility Options in the ' Control Panel '.
Open Ease of Access Center press ' Windows ' logo key + ' U ' or click Start button ' Control Panel ' + ' Ease of Access ' + ' Ease of Access Center '.
' Tab ' to and press ' Enter ' or click to select ' Make the keyboard easier to use ' under Explore all settings.
Mouse Keys enables you to use the numeric keypad on a standard keyboard as a three button mouse, see Fig 1.
Press ' Alt ' + ' M ' or click to select ' Turn on Mouse Keys', to customise click to select ' Setup Mouse Keys ' or press ' Alt ' + ' Y '.
You can turn on the keyboard shortcut Alt + left Shift + Num Lock, to allow you to turn on and off the Mouse keys as you need to use them. To use this option, click to select or press ' Alt ' + ' K ', see Fig 2.
You can turn on a visual warning ' Alt ' + ' A ' when Mouse keys is turn on or click to play a sound ' Alt ' + ' U ' when it is turned on or off.
Pointer speeds when using Mouse Keys can be tailored to suit your needs by slowing down or speeding up the rate which it moves, see Fig 3.
Press ' Alt ' + ' W ' or click to select the option to alter these settings, by using the Ctrl key to speed up and Shift to slow down the mouse pointer.
Top Speed is the maximum speed of the pointer when the mouse key direction key is held down.
Acceleration is how quickly the mouse pointer accelerates to its maximum speed.
Under Other Settings click to select to Use Mouse Keys when the Num Lock is selected or when NUM LOCK is Off, see Fig 4.
Press ' Alt ' + ' N ' to Use Mouse Keys when NUM LOCK is On.
Press ' Alt ' + ' O ' to Use Mouse Keys NUM LOCK is Off.
Click on Save or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to save your options.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.