Accessibility Options

Accessibility Options

Did you know that you can configure your Windows options to meet your needs for vision, hearing and mobility? If you need to permanently make your text bigger for your vision or if you need to hear things better, just a few clicks through the Accessibility Wizard will get the job done.

For XP, go to Start, Control Panel, Accessibility Options. Click on “Configure Windows to work for your vision, hearing and mobility needs.” That will bring up the wizard. Read through the directions and click Next.

A text size window will appear and there are four choices of size. Just highlight the size you would like all of your text to be and click Next.

Now, you’re going to work with the display settings. You can choose to change font size, your screen resolution, to use a magnifier and you can also disable personalized menus if you want. Just click on the box you want to change and read through the choices. You can go through and change one or change them all, it’s up to you. Click Next when you’re done.

After that, some statements will come up about your vision, hearing, etc. Select all of the statements that apply to you, so Windows can configure your system to work better for your particular needs. After you check the boxes you would like to change, the wizard will take you through each step, so just follow the directions and then click Next when finished.

That is the last step in the wizard process. The last screen gives you some more options for further help with accessibility if you may need it, so make sure you read all of that as well. Just click Finish to exit out of the wizard and all of your settings will be changed to meet your needs.

For Windows 2000, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility and choose the Accessibility Wizard. This wizard will be very similar to the one I explained above, so just follow the directions and your settings can be changed to what you want.

In Windows ME, go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Accessibility Options. You can choose from the Keyboard, Sound, Display and General tabs to adjust your settings for your needs.

For Windows 98/95, you have to go through different steps to reach the modes you want. For vision help, you’ll want to turn on the high contrast mode and adjust the settings. Go to Start, Control Panel and choose Accessibility Options. Choose the Display tab and make sure the “Use High Contrast” box is checked. Now, click on the Settings button and choose the contrast scheme you would like to use on your computer.

To adjust the font size, go to Start, Control Panel and choose the Display icon. Click on the Settings tab and you can choose from either the large or small font size. Click OK and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

For sound options, you’ll want to go to Start, Control Panel and look for the Sounds icon. Go in there to adjust your sound settings.

All of the Windows versions have similar accessibility options for you to choose from. The basic steps are laid out for you above, but you may have to do a little bit of hunting to find exactly what you’re looking for in order to change it.

~ Erin

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