Best Windows 10 Features Easier to Use!

If you have an impairment that makes using a computer a challenge. Windows 10 includes many built-in accessibility features that can make it easier to use. I will show you Best Windows 10 Features Easier to Use. Every feature at setting that I'm aware of and hopefully you'll find at least one or two of these could be useful and giving you a better experience when using Windows 10. 

Best Windows 10 Features

There's more than a dozen features I'll be showing you. So we're going to dive right in and open the Settings app you could use the keyboard shortcut which is the Windows key + I or in the lower-left corner. Let's click the Windows Start menu icon and select settings from here go to ease of access in the left pane. 

You'll see that they're grouped into three categories. Let's start at the top:

1. Vision:

  • Display

If you're finding the thought size to be too small but reading any text. You can make the text bigger with this handy slider just left-click on it and move it from left to right to make it bigger. You'll see a preview above the bar and when you've got it where you want it to. Click on apply to immediately make the change. This will only change the size of the text icons images and other items will remain their current size.

Best Windows 10 Features Easier to Use!

Below that there's a drop-down menu that will make everything bigger only use this if you need to. For most people increasing the size of the text should be sufficient. If you scroll down you'll find additional settings to experiment with. If your eyes have difficulty focusing and you actually want to read the notifications. You might want to go to show though the patient's for and increase the time the default is 5 seconds.

  • Cursor & pointer Size

If you sometimes have difficulty finding the mouse pointer on your screen these settings of cursor/pointer can help. You can change the pointer size with the slider. Let's move it all the way to the right and make it big. Sometimes bigger is better you can change the pointer color your choices are white, black inverted which is awful. There's also a slider to change the thickness of the cursor.

  • Magnifier

A magnifier is quite useful if you have trouble reading your screen or if you're creative watching a close-up view when working with Photoshop or any other design program. While there is a toggle to turn it on. It's more convenient to use the keyboard shortcuts which are listed right below it the Windows key and the plus key will turn it on using that same combination of the Windows key. The plus key will let you zoom. in the Windows key and the minus key will let you zoom out. Pressing the Windows key and the Escape key will turn the magnifier off. I'll turn it back on again here. Let's go to the magnifier box and go to views. we're currently in full screen there's a couple of other options including lens and docked I'm not a big fan of docked but let me show you lens. it will give you a magnifying glass using the windows key. With the plus or minus key will let you zoom in or zoom out on a specific area.

  • Colour Filters

If you suffer from sensitivity from light or color blindness. there's a switch to turn on the color filters. I should probably be using this but I don't. I once bought a brown truck. everyone tells me it's a gray huge mistake on my part because I don't like the color grey. Moving on let's scroll down. It's best to experiment with the various filters to find out what works best for you. You'll be able to see the changes in the color wheel below.

  • High Contrast

Another useful one for people with colorblindness or impairment issues is high contrast it can make it easier to view images text and other items on your screen. toggle the switch to turn it on. once that's done you'll see that this drastically alters the overall color scheme for windows. selecting the drop-down menu will let you select from various themes. you can also customize the colors for text hyperlinks and other stuff.

  • Narrator

The narrator is a read a lot feature that is extremely beneficial for those that have low vision issues or even blindness. In short, it describes what is on your screen breathes selected items, and even reads text as you type. I'll leave it turned off for now while we go through its settings. and startup options if you plan to use this on a regular basis check the box next to Allow the shortcut key to start the narrator. having this checked lets you turn the narrator on or off using the keyboard shortcut which is the Windows key + Ctrl + Enter. Scroll down you can change the narrator's voice the speed pitch and volume. If you keep scrolling there are dozens of other settings that you can change. Let's go back to the top it will start reading once turn it on. If it's your first time using narrator I'd recommend clicking the link open narrator home. This will give you additional help using it.

2. Hearing:

The first of two in the hearing category is audio. The changes device volume to the right is the same as the system sound settings so we'll skip over that one.

Best Windows 10 Features Easier to Use!

If you have a loss of hearing in just one ear turning on mono audio will convert these stereo sound from both channels into a single channel letting you hear everything. If you struggle to hear audio alerts you can have them visually displayed on your screen. If you click on the drop-down menu your choices are flash the title bar of the active window flash the active window and flash the entire screen. There may be times when reading subtitles on a video is difficult. Especially when the background is light color in closed captions there are several settings that you can change including the color transparency style size and effects. When you make any change get a preview in the window above. You scroll down the page there are background settings for you to play around with to improve the readability of the text.

3. Interaction: 

  • Speech

If you want to use dictation in Microsoft Word or any other text field on your computer press the Windows key + H to begin. We'll skip over Cortana and go down to dictate text and control your device using only your voice. With this turned on you can even open programs on your computer with your voice. 

Best Windows 10 Features Easier to Use!

  • keyboard 

There's just a couple of things to point out. for those times you need an on-screen keyboard just toggle the switch to turn it on. If you prefer there's a Windows keyboard shortcut shown on the screen that will turn it on or off. It's the Windows key + Ctrl + O. Below that if you have finger dexterity issues that make using keyboard shortcuts a difficult task enables sticky keys. this lets you press the keys on your physical keyboard one at a time for keyboard shortcuts. For example, we'll do this now for the shortcut to open the on-screen keyboard and now we'll close it.

  • Mouse

There's just one setting and it's a cool one. Turning it on gives you the ability to use your numeric keypad on your keyboard to move the mouse pointer on your screen. you have a couple sliders here below change the pointer speed and acceleration.

  • Eye Control

The last one in this category is eye control. If you have a supported eye tracking device that I don't this will let you control your mouse cursor. Type using the on-screen keyboard and perform other functions with the movement of your eyes. I'm not sure how well it works if you're using one of these supported devices. 

Let me know how well it works for you. What features do you use to improve your experience on Windows 10?

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