Welcome to our Windows 10 tutorial series.
We will be spending time walking you through the ins and outs of Windows 10.
A look at the highly useful accessibility options that are part of the new OS.
Now, this section is a counterpart to the Ease of Access options in Settings that we recently covered, but while that was for customizing the various settings, this one is where the tools are located.
Just open the Start Menu, scroll down to letter W, and there you’ll find Windows Ease of Access.
Four powerful tools are available here — namely Magnifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard as well as Windows Speech Recognition.
Again, these named as appropriately as they can be.
Magnifier enlarges the objects on the screen. Turning it on displays a small window with options to change the magnification level as well as change how Magnifier shows the data.
Narrator is a tool that allows you to hear text and controls on the screen. It will not read all of the content you encounter on the screen, but you will get a good enough idea of what’s happening on the screen as it reads URLs, dialog boxes, text entry boxes and so on.
On-Screen Keyboard is another accessibility option. It is available on all computers, even if they don’t support touch, in which case the virtual keyboard can be used with either a mouse or an input device designed for people with disabilities.
Windows Speech Recognition, like Narrator, takes a little time to master. This usually entails setting the tool up, training it to recognize your voice and then learn the commands for using it.
The setup wizard is a lengthy process and usually takes up to 30 minutes to complete. But once you’ve completed it, you can control your computer using your voice — pretty much anything that can be done with a mouse and keyboard can be done via voice input.
Just make sure you have a quality microphone at hand for the job.