A reader wrote with some concern over accessibility options in Windows 10. Nellie asks:  “I have been told not to download Windows 10 because it is not compatible with Zoom Text 10.  Is this so?  If it is, when will Zoom Text update its Version – will it be in time for us who use it to still get Windows 10 free??”

Great question. For those not familiar with ZoomText, it’s a program that offers magnifying features and a screen reader. According to their website, they are currently working on making sure ZoomText works with Windows 10 and just putting the final adjustments on the software. After all, the final version of Windows 10 has only been available for about a month, so it takes some time to get everything right. Right not, the Microsoft Compatibility Center says ZoomText Magnifier is compatible, but says there’s not enough info to know if ZoomText Magnifier Reader or ZoomText have issues yet.

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I don’t have a timetable for when Zoom Text might update, but you have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of the free upgrade. But there’s an alternative to Zoom Text that won’t cost you a penny.

Windows 10 has built-in accessibility features very similar to what Zoom Text offers. A screen reader and a magnifier are included in the options.

Click Settings on your Windows 10 Start Menu.

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Then choose Ease of Access.

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Choose Narrator and you can turn on a screen reader.

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You can also select multiple magnification options.

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I get way more into detail on all of the various option in our Ultimate Guide to Windows 10, but there are a wide range of choices to assist anyone using Windows 10 who has visual, hearing or mobility impairment.

~ Cynthia