Ease of Access Centre
Many of Windows built in accessibility features are located in the Ease of Access Centre.
Here are 4 different ways to open the Ease of Access Centre on Windows 10.
- Using a mouse, in the Windows search box type Ease. This will display the Ease of Access Centre listing at the top of the search result.
- Using a mouse, bring up the Control Panel and select Ease of Access
- Using a mouse open the Settings app and then select Ease of Access
- Use the Windows Keyboard shortcut by holding down the ‘Windows’ logo key and then pressing ‘U’
Enlarging Text Size
If your level of vision impairment makes it difficult for you to see the size of text and icons on the computer screen, you may want to increase the text size to make the items a better size for you.
- Use the Control Panel to open the Ease of Access Center.
- Windows Search Box > Control > Control Panel > Ease of Access
- Under the ‘Explore all settings’ section either Tab or use the mouse to select ‘Make the computer easier to See’
- Control Panel > Ease of Access Centre > Explore all settings > Make the computer easier to see
- In the ‘Make things on the screen larger’ section either Tab, use the mouse or use ‘Alt’ key + ‘Z’ to select ‘Change the size of text and icons.
- Make the Computer Easier to see > Make things on the screen larger > Change the size of text and icons
- On the Display page, use the drop down box within the Scale and layout section to increase the scale value to 125%
- Settings > System > Display > Scale and layout
Changing Colour Filters and High contrast themes
Colour filters can be customized to create colour contrasts that may better suit your type of vision loss and help you see everything on the screen more clearly.
- Use the Windows Keyboard shortcut to display the Ease of Access settings within the Settings app by holding down the ‘Windows’ logo key and then pressing ‘U’. Click on the Colour and High contrast setting.
- Windows offers 6 different colour filters to choose from in the Colour and high contrast settings, colour filters section
- Settings > Ease of Access > Colour and high contrast > Colour filters
- Once applied, use the keyboard shortcut Windows logo key + Ctrl + C to toggle the filter on and off
High Contrast Themes
You can further set you own text and background colour combinations through high contrast themes
- Choose a default high contrast theme or create your own in the High contrast section
- Settings > Ease of Access > Colour and high contrast > High Contrast
- Use the mouse to apply the settings
Making the Mouse easier to see
You may find it difficult to see the mouse. A mouse typically has 2 shapes – a mouse pointer to indicate a display selection point and an ‘I’ beam pointer to indicate text input. Changing the pointer size and colour may make the mouse easier to see.
- Use the Windows Keyboard shortcut to display the Ease of Access Centre by holding down the ‘Windows’ logo key and then pressing ‘U’. Select the Mouse section.
- Here you can customize the pointer size – regular, large or extra large and pointer colour – white, black or inverted. Select one option from each category.