Adaptive Technology: Windows Accessibility
Summary: This 2-3 minute blog explores Windows accessibility features and how they can be helpful tools for all users. Contact GEEKAID Computer and Network Support, the IT experts, at https://www.geek-aid.com/ to discuss all of the home and SMB functions you perform and analyze how to make your system work better for you.
Windows 11 Accessibility Features For Everyone!
Microsoft Development has been focusing on Windows features that can be adapted to users' unique needs. For people who are challenged by disabilities, this is excellent news. From Windows Narrator to the Magnifier, the system software has been expanded to afford disabled users powerful new tools to assist their computing experience.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has made great strides toward making Windows more accessible to a broader audience. As a result, Windows 11 includes a dedicated Accessibility section to help users adapt the OS's display and behavior according to their needs. This section is beneficial for users with visual impairments, hearing loss, or a physical disability—but anyone can use these accessibility features to improve their Windows 11 experience. Here are some features worth highlighting:
Adjust The Default Size and Then Zoom In
Before using the Magnifier feature, there is a simple setting you can use to make everything in Windows 11 larger:
- Settings > Accessibility > Display > Scale and choose a setting between 100% and 200%. To only increase the size of text, select:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Text Size
Quick Zoom Using the Magnifier
Any time you want The Magnifier to zoom in, all you need to do is Press Windows and the Plus Key simultaneously. (+) to enlarge and (–) to reduce. Once you are done, press Windows and Escape to disable the Magnifier feature.
Increase the Size and Change the Color of Your Cursor
You can change the mouse cursor by going to Settings > Accessibility > Mouse Pointer.
To adjust the text cursor, go to Settings > Accessibility > Text Cursor.
High Contrast Themes
If transparent and translucent display elements make reading more difficult, Windows allows you to switch to a High Contrast Theme to make everything a little crisper to see.
“Night Light” Cuts Down on Blue Light Emissions
Although the jury is still out on the medical effects of blue light from monitors, Windows offers a Windows Night Light feature available in the WiFi menu of the Windows taskbar to mitigate any possible effects of blue light.
The Windows 11 Voice Typing Tool allows users to generate text from their speech. In addition, the Azure Speech component provides for the generation of punctuation, thereby increasing the accuracy of the speech-to-text transmission. It is a simple process:
- Press Windows + H Shortcut or click on the Microphone Icon next to the spacebar on your touch keyboard. Voice recognition and typing have become more and more accurate over the years and will easily recognize punctuation through voice commands.
Windows 11 has excellent automatic captions that will work with a wide variety of media, from television to videos to movies. Autocaptioning is easily enabled:
- Windows + Control + L keyboard Shortcut (Windows will start captioning), or Settings > Accessibility > Captions > Live Captions.
The Windows 11 Narrator allows users to complete many basic tasks without the use of a mouse. Users who are blind or vision impaired, can use Narrator to read anything on the screen, including texts, links and buttons. Get started by going to:
- Windows + Control + N keyboard shortcut.
Home Technology Consultants
Unfortunately, many users do not avail themselves of all the Windows Accessibility features available. Whether you work from a company office or remotely from your home, there are many computer functions you might not be aware of without the assistance of a professional IT Consulting Service. IT professionals can assess your specific needs and all aspects of your computer system and network, recommend solutions and keep your system running smoothly from the start. A modest investment in professional IT assistance is a smart way to protect and get the most out of computers, networks, mobile devices and all your data while freeing up your time to concentrate on more substantial business or personal tasks.
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