Windows 10 Ease of Access Center

If you're looking for a high-contrast theme, voice narration or closed captions, you'll find these options and more in the Ease of Access tab in the Windows 10 Settings menu. 

Setting up your PC or Laptop so it's easier to use can be done in just a few clicks and you can start by going to select the Start button, then select Settings       > Ease of Access.

Follow the guides below to learn how to adjust your PCs settings.

Narrator
Magnifier
High Contrast
Keyboard and Mouse
Closed Captions
Other
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Narrator

In the Narrator section, you'll find several options for having text and controls read aloud to you. Once you turn Narrator on, you can choose a voice (David, Zira or Mark) and adjust your narrator's speed and pitch. You can also pick which types of sounds you want to hear (e.g., characters you type versus words you types). If you've added any extra language packs to your PC, you may see additional voices (you will need to download voice language packs in the Time & language tab).

Magnifier

In the Magnifier section, you will find options for magnifying your screen -- turn Magnifier on, and a floating toolbar will pop up. From this toolbar, you can magnify or reduce your screen and choose what type of magnification view you want to see (full screen, lens, docked). 

High Contrast

High-contrast themes can make it easier for people with visual impairments to see different items on the screen. In the High contrast section, you can pick and tweak a high contrast theme -- choose a theme from the drop-down menu and you'll see the theme previewed in the box below. Here, you can tweak the theme by changing the colours of each component before you hit Apply to apply the theme to your PC.

Keyboard and Mouse

In the Keyboard section, you can toggle the onscreen keyboard on and off, and you can turn on useful features such as Sticky Keys and Toggle Keys (sounds a tone when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock).

In the Mouse section, you can adjust your pointer size and colour, and turn on Mouse keys, which lets you control the mouse using your numeric keypad.

Closed Captions

The Closed captions section is a handy section that lets you adjust how closed captions appear in Windows apps such as the Xbox Videos app. You can change the colour, transparency, style, size, background colour, background transparency, window colour, and window transparency of your captions. This won't change how closed captions appear in online streaming services, such as Netflix.

Other Ease of Access Settings

The last section in the Ease of Access tab is Other options. Here, you'll find mostly visual options -- you can choose to turn off Windows' animations, the desktop background, and you can also choose how long you want notifications to appear for (5 seconds to 5 minutes). You can adjust cursor thickness, in case the cursor is too slim for you to see properly, and you can turn on visual notifications for sound.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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