Accessibility settings on Windows 10

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No matter your situation, you'll be able to use your Windows 10 and enjoy everything it has to offer. It comes with built-in accessibility features that make it easier to use if you have a vision, hearing, or motor impairment. For example, you can have the Narrator read aloud text to you, or turn on Closed captions so audio will be turned into subtitles.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by software version and model.

Vision Accessibility settings

If you have some difficulty seeing your PC's screen, don't worry. Windows 10 has all kinds of settings to make it easier to read.

Click the Start icon, and then click the Settings icon. Click Ease of Access, and then select your desired option under Vision.

The following vision accessibility features are available: 

Vision accessibility settings sidebar
  • Display: Zoom in on the screen, adjust the brightness settings, and change other display settings.

  • Cursor & pointer size: Make your cursor wider, change the pointer size, and turn on visual feedback.

  • Magnifier: Use this tool to zoom in on parts of your display. The Magnifier can be used on a full screen, in a separate window, or as a lens that follows the pointer around the screen.

  • Color filters: Change the colors and filters on your screen, so text is clearer.

  • High contrast: Make text and apps easier to see with high-contrast and distinct colors.

  • Narrator: This audio assistant will read elements on the screen and can be controlled by keyboard, touch, and mouse. Turn Narrator on, or adjust the settings for when and what it will read to you.

Hearing Accessibility settings

Having a hearing impairment doesn't mean you can't enjoy your PC because it also hearing and audio settings that you can adjust.

Click the Start icon, and then click the Settings icon. Click Ease of Access, and then select your desired option under Hearing.

The following hearing accessibility features are available:

Hearing accessibility settings sidebar
  • Audio: Adjust up your PC's volume, turn on mono audio, enable visual audio alerts, and change other sound settings. 

  • Closed captions: Make your PC easier to use by displaying audio as text. You can adjust the caption's color, transparency, and much more.

Interaction Accessibility settings

The traditional way of controlling a PC - the mouse - may not be comfortable for everyone. But with Windows 10, there are other ways to navigate your PC.

Click the Start icon, and then click the Settings icon. Click Ease of Access, and then select your desired option under Interaction.

Below are the available interaction accessibility settings:

Interaction accessibility settings sidebar
  • Speech: Use your voice to get things done on your PC. You can use dictation to talk instead of type, control Cortana with your voice, and turn on Speech Recognition.

  • Keyboard: Your PC has all kind of keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to control. You can use an on-screen keyboard, turn on Toggle Keys or Filter Keys, adjust your keyboard shortcuts, and much more.

  • Mouse: Control your mouse cursor with a keypad instead of a physical mouse.

  • Eye control (beta): Use eye-tracking technology to control the mouse, type, and more - all with your eyes.

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