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Compaq Presario CQ5810 Desktop PC support

Windows 7 Accessibility Options

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This support document pertains to HP Desktop and Notebook PCs with Windows 7.
Windows 7 offers a variety of accessibility tools to customize your computer to make it easier to use.

Getting familiar with Ease of Access Center

Ease of Access Center is a central location where you can change accessibility options to make your computer easier to see, hear, and use. Ease of Access Center is made up of three sections:
  • The Make your computer easier to use section contains the Quick access to common tools feature, which allows you to try out the most commonly used accessibility tools.
  • The Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use link opens an optional questionnaire to help you determine which tools might be most helpful to you.
  • The Explore all settings section allows you to set up tools and change options by clicking links that address common needs.
When selected from the Quick access to common tools menu, tools will turn off when you log off.
  1. To open Ease of Access Center when starting your computer, click the Ease of Access icon in the lower-left corner of the Welcome screen. To open Ease of Access Center from Windows, press the Windows + U keys.
    Figure 1: Ease of Access Center
     Ease of Access Center menu
    Ease of Access Center opens, and the four choices in Quick access to common tools are highlighted one by one. Narrator, a basic screen reader, reads the content aloud as it is highlighted and describes the on-screen activity.
  2. To select a tool, press the SPACE BAR when the tool is highlighted.
    • If you do not want Windows to scan and highlight tools in Ease of Access Center in the future, remove the selection from Always scan this section.
    • To stop Narrator from starting automatically when opening Ease of Access Center, remove the selection from Always read this section aloud.
  3. You can also use your mouse pointer to select tools:
    • Selecting Start Magnifier makes it possible to enlarge the entire screen (full-screen mode), the area around the mouse pointer (lens mode), or a part of the screen (docked mode).
    • Selecting Start Narrator starts a basic screen reader.
    • Selecting Start On-Screen Keyboard opens a keyboard on the screen. Use On-Screen Keyboard to type on the screen with a mouse pointer or joy stick, or, if you have an HP TouchSmart Computer or a computer with a touch screen, with a stylus, mouth stick, or a finger.
    • Selecting Set up High Contrast opens the Make the computer easier to see menu. The High Contrast function eliminates many of the colors on the screen, and white or colored text is displayed on a black background in many areas.
If you want specific tools to start automatically when you log on, follow the steps below to change the settings using the Explore all Settings options in the Ease of Access Center.

Using the computer without a monitor

When enabled, Narrator is a basic screen reader that reads on-screen text aloud in some applications and programs. Where available, Audio Description describes what is happening in videos. You can also turn off visual effects and set time limits for notifications

Setting up and using Narrator

To use Narrator, you will need headphones, built-in computer speakers, or external speakers. When enabled, Narrator will run when you log in to Windows.
Follow the steps below to set up Narrator:
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Use the computer without a display link.
    Figure 2: Use the computer without the display menu
    Menu of options for using a computer without a display
  3. Under Hear text read aloud, select the check box next to Turn on Narrator, and then click Apply.
    The Microsoft Narrator window opens.
  4. Under Main Narrator Settings on the Microsoft Narrator window, choose options by selecting the check box next to:
    • Echo User's Keystrokes if you want Narrator to announce the keys you type.
    • Announce System Messages if you want Narrator to announce events, such as system notifications.
    • Announce Scroll Notifications if you want Narrator to tell you when the screen scrolls.
    • Start Narrator Minimized if you want Narrator displayed as an icon on the taskbar, instead of as a full-sized window.
    Figure 3: Settings in Microsoft Narrator
     Narrator preferences with Main Narrator Settings options highlighted
  5. To change how Narrator sounds, click the Voice Settings button on the Microsoft Narrator preferences window.
    Figure 4: Voice Settings button in Microsoft Narrator preferences
    Microsoft Narrator preferences window with Voice Settings button selected
    You can change the way the Narrator voice sounds by changing Voice Settings options:
    • From the Select Voice list, choose an alternate voice (where available) for Narrator.
    • From the Set Speed drop-down, select a speed for the Narrator voice.
    • From the Set Volume drop-down, increase or decrease the volume of the Narrator voice.
    • From the Set Pitch drop-down, change the pitch of the Narrator voice.
    • Click OK.
      Figure 5: Voice Settings - Narrator
       Narrator Voice Settings window with OK button selected
  6. To hear Narrator read a list of keyboard shortcuts aloud, click the Quick Help button in the Microsoft Narrator preferences window.
    Figure 6: Quick Help button in Narrator preferences
     Narrator preferences window with Quick Help button selected

Using Narrator shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can make using Narrator faster and easier.
  • Press the CTRL key to pause Narrator.
  • Press the CTRL + SHIFT + SPACE BAR keys if you want Narrator to read the entire selected window.
  • Press the CTRL + ALT + SPACE BAR keys if you want Narrator to read items that are selected in the window.
  • Press the INSERT + F3 keys if you want Narrator to read the current character.
  • Press the INSERT + F4 keys if you want Narrator to read the current word.
  • Press the INSERT + F5 keys if you want Narrator to read the current line.
  • Press the INSERT + F6 keys if you want Narrator to read the current paragraph.
  • Press the INSERT + F7 keys if you want Narrator to read the current page.
  • Press the INSERT + F8 keys if you want Narrator to read the current document.

Making content readable by Narrator

Narrator is a basic screen reader that is not capable of reading all content in every application. You can, however, make some content readable by Narrator by following these steps:
  1. With Narrator running, click Start , and then type Notepad into the Search field,
  2. Select Notepad from the list.
    An untitled Notepad window opens.
  3. Switch to the application that contains the content that you want Narrator to read, and highlight the content.
  4. Right-click the highlighted content, and select Copy.
  5. In Notepad, right click and select Paste.
  6. In the Notepad, press the INSERT + F8 keys to read the entire document.

Setting up and using Audio Description (where available)

Where available, Audio Description describes the action in videos.
To turn on Audio Description:
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Use the computer without a display link.
  3. Under Hear text read aloud, select the check box next to Turn on Audio Description.
  4. Click OK.

Turning off visual effects and setting time limits for notifications

  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Use the computer without a display link.
  3. To turn off some visual effects, such as fading, select the check box next to Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible), and click Apply.
  4. To determine how many seconds Windows notification dialog boxes should stay open, make a selection from the drop-down menu, and click Apply.

Making the computer screen easier to see

You can increase the size of text and images or change the way items appear on the screen.
Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys, and then click the Make the computer easier to see link under Explore all settings.
  • To change the size of items on the screen, click the Change the size of text and icons link, select the radio button next to the desired size, and click Apply.
  • To make window borders easier to see by changing the color, click the Adjust the color and transparency of the windows borders link, select a color, and click the Save changes button.
  • To make window borders easier to see by making them opaque, click the Adjust the color and transparency of the windows borders link, remove the selection from the check box next to Enable transparency, and click the Save changes button.
  • To make the rectangle around selected items in dialog boxes easier to see, select the check box next to Make the focus rectangle thicker, and click Apply.
  • To make the cursor easier to see, select a number from the Set the thickness of the blinking curser drop-down, and click Apply.
  • To turn off some visual effects, such as fading, select the check box next to Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible), and click Apply.
  • To turn off unneeded images or content, select the check box next to Remove background images (where available), and click Apply.

Turning on High Contrast

By intensifying the color contrast of some of the text and images on the computer screen, the High Contrast feature makes items more distinct and easy to identify.
  1. Under Explore all settings in Ease of Access Center, click the Make the computer easier to see link.
  2. Under High Contrast, to permanently change the visual theme on your computer, click the Choose a High Contrast theme link.
    The Personalization window opens.
  3. Under Basic and High Contrast Themes, select the desired color combination.
    The computer changes to the new color scheme.
  4. To be able to turn on High Contrast without opening Ease of Access Center, select the check box next to Turn on or off High Contrast when left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN is pressed.
  5. Click OK.
    Figure 7: Example of desktop with High Contrast off
    Example of a desktop with High Contrast turned off
    Figure 8: Example of desktop with High Contrast turned on
    Example of a desktop with High Contrast turned on

Using Magnifier

The Magnifier feature makes it possible to enlarge the entire screen, the area around the mouse pointer, or a part of the screen.
To access a menu of Magnifier tools:
  1. Under Explore all settings in Ease of Access Center, click the Make the computer easier to see link.
  2. Under Make things on the screen larger, select the check box next to Turn on Magnifier, and click OK.
  3. Click the magnifying glass icon on the screen to open the Magnifier toolbar.
    Figure 9: Selection to open the Magnifier toolbar
    The magnifying glass icon being selected.
  4. Select the viewing mode by clicking the Views down-arrow:
    Figure 10: Magnifier toolbar
    Magnifier toolbar with Views down-arrow selected
    To enlarge the entire screen, select Full screen from the drop-down.
    To enlarge the area around the mouse pointer, select Lens from the drop-down.
    Figure 11: Example of Magnifier in Lens mode
    An example of Magnifier in Lens mode
    When in Lens mode, customize the lens size by clicking the Options icon in the Magnifier toolbar to open the Magnifier Options menu.
    Figure 12: Options icon in the Magnifier toolbar
    The Options icon in the Magnifier toolbar
    Use the mouse pointer to move the height and width sliders until the lens is the desired size.
    Click OK.
    Figure 13: Magnifier lens size adjustment options
    Magnifier lens size adjustment sliders
    To enlarge a part of the screen, select Docked from the drop-down.
    Figure 14: Example of Magnifier docked at the top of a screen at 150 percent enlargement
    An example of the Magnifier tool being used in Docked mode at 150 percent enlargement, with the magnified area docked at the top of the screen
  5. To select general Magnifier options, click the Options icon on the Magnifier toolbar.
    • To alter how much the view changes when zooming in or out, select the desired percentage of enlargement by using the mouse pointer to move the slider between Less and More, and click OK.
      Figure 15: Magnifier Options menu
      The Magnifier Options menu with the zoom options slider selected
    • To reverse the color scheme within the magnified area, select the check box next to Turn on color inversion.
    • To show the area around the mouse pointer in the magnified area, select the check box next to Follow the mouse pointer, and click OK.
    • To have the area of magnification shift to the areas that are moved to when the Tab or arrow keys are pressed, select the check box next to Follow the keyboard focus, and click OK.
    • To display the area around the text being typed in applications such as Notepad or Microsoft Word, select the check box next to Have the Magnifier follow the text insertion point, and then click OK.
    • To optimize the appearance of text, click the Fine tune what my screen fonts look like link, follow the on-screen prompts on the ClearType Text Tuner, and then click Finish.
  6. On the Magnifier menu, click the minus or plus buttons to decrease or increase the level of magnification.

Using Magnifier shortcuts

Make using Magnifier easier and faster with keyboard shortcuts.
  • While holding down the Windows key, press the + (plus) key to zoom in or the - (minus) key to zoom out.
  • Exit Magnifier by pressing the Windows + ESCAPE keys.
  • To preview the desktop in full-screen mode, press the CTRL + ALT + SPACE BAR keys.
  • To switch to full-screen mode, press the CTRL + ALT + F keys.
  • To switch to docked mode, press the CTRL + ALT + D keys.
  • To switch to lens mode, press the CTRL + ALT + L keys.
  • To resize the lens, press the CTRL + ALT + R keys, move the mouse pointer up, down, left, and right until you get the shape and size that you want, and then left-click to make the size permanent.
  • To invert background and text colors, press the CTRL + ALT + I keys.
  • To pan up, down, left, or right within the magnified area, press the CTRL + ALT + up arrow, down arrow, left arrow, or right arrow keys.

Using the computer without a mouse or keyboard

On-Screen Keyboard and Speech Recognition can make using the computer without a mouse or keyboard possible.
If using a mouse is difficult, press the TAB key to navigate in Ease of Access Center menus. To open a link, press the TAB key until the link is highlighted, and then press ENTER. To move slider bars, press the TAB key until the slider bar is highlighted, and then press the left arrow or right arrow keys. To select or remove a selection from a check box or radio button, press the TAB key until the item is selected, and then press the SPACE BAR key.
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard link.

Setting up and using On-Screen Keyboard

On-Screen Keyboard is a visual keyboard that opens on your screen and takes the place of a physical keyboard. You can type using a mouse pointer or joystick. If you have an HP TouchSmart computer or a computer with a touch screen, you can also type using a stylus, mouth stick, or your finger.
  1. On the Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard window, select the check box next to Use On-Screen Keyboard, and click OK.
    The On-Screen Keyboard opens.
  2. To change the settings, click the Options key on the On-Screen Keyboard.
    Figure 16: On-Screen Keyboard with Options key highlighted
    Image of On-Screen Keyboard with Options key highlighted
    On the Options menu, to hear an audible click when a key is selected, select the check box next to Use click sound, and then click OK.
    Figure 17: On-Screen Keyboard Options menu
    The On-Screen Keyboard Options menu
    To add a numeric keypad to the On-Screen Keyboard, select the check box next to Turn on the numeric key pad and click OK.
    To type text by clicking on-screen keys with a mouse pointer, select the radio button next to Click on keys, and click OK.
    If you do not choose the click on keys option, follow the steps below to use hover over keys mode or scan through keys mode.

Using the hover over keys mode

In hover over keys mode, you can type characters without pressing keyboard keys or clicking with a mouse. Using On-Screen Keyboard and a mouse or joystick, you can type by pointing to and hovering over a character for a predetermined amount of time.
  1. On the Options menu, select the radio button next to Hover over keys.
  2. To set the amount of time you have to hover over a key to type a character, use the mouse pointer to move the hover duration slider bar.
    Figure 18: On-Screen Keyboard hover over keys mode
    On-Screen Keyboard with Hover over keys selected and hover duration set to 3 seconds
  3. Click OK.
    Figure 19: Example of the letter "h" being selected using hover over keys mode
    Example of the letter

Using the scan through keys mode

When in scan through keys mode, On-Screen Keyboard scans and highlights areas of the keyboard. Selections are made by pressing the space bar. The On-Screen Keyboard is scanned line-by-line until the space bar is pressed. Groups of keys within the selected line are scanned and highlighted until the space bar is pressed again. Keys are then scanned one at a time until the space bar is pressed, which types the character.
To type text by scanning keys, select the radio button next to Scan through keys.
  1. On the Options menu, select a scanning speed by using the mouse pointer to move the slider bar.
  2. Under To select a key, select the check box next to the input device or devices that you will be using.
  3. To change the keyboard shortcut key, select the desired key from the Space Bar Key drop-down menu.
    Figure 20: On-Screen Keyboard scanning mode
    On-Screen Keyboard with Scan through keys selected, scanning speed set to 2 seconds, and the space bar key selected from the drop-down
  4. Click OK.
    Figure 21: Example of the On-Screen Keyboard scanning through the keys
    An example of the On-Screen Keyboard being scanned by groups of letters.

Setting up and using Speech Recognition

With Speech Recognition, you can control your computer using spoken commands, as well as dictate text. If the computer does not have a built-in microphone, you will need a microphone that you can connect to the computer.
To set up basic Speech Recognition features.
  1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Speech Recognition.
  4. In the right pane, click Start Speech Recognition.
    Figure 22: Start Speech Recognition
    The link to start Speech Recognition
  5. On the Welcome to Speech Recognition window, click Next.
  6. When prompted, select the type of microphone you will be using from the list, and then click Next.
    Figure 23: Microphone type options
    Microphone type options in the Ease of Access Speech Recognition setup wizard
  7. Review the microphone placement information on the Set up Speech Recognition window, and then click Next.
  8. Read from the script on the Adjust the volume window, and then click Next.
  9. On the Your microphone is now set up window, click Next.
  10. On the Improve speech recognition accuracy window, click the Read our Privacy Statement online link.
  11. Review Microsoft's Windows 7 Privacy statement to determine if you want to allow Windows to review your documents and email:
    • To allow Windows to review your documents and email to determine which words and phrases you use the most, select the radio button next to Enable document review, and then click Next.
    • If you do not want Windows to review documents or email, select the radio button next to Disable document review, and then click Next.
  12. On the Choose an activation mode window, select the preferred option for reactivating Speech Recognition once the feature has been deactivated.
  13. On the Print Speech Reference Card page, click the View Reference Sheet if you would like to read and print a list of Speech Recognition commands, and then click Next.
  14. On the Run Speech Recognition every time I start the computer page, select the checkbox next to Run Speech Recognition at startup.

Setting up advanced Speech Recognition options

Make Speech Recognition work better with advanced options.
  1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Speech Recognition.
  4. Click the Advanced speech options link on the upper left side of the window .
    Figure 24: Speech Recognition advanced speech options
    The advanced speech options link in Ease of Access Speech Recognition
    The Speech Properties window opens.
Adding a new profile
You can create different profiles on the computer for everybody using speech recognition, or different profiles for each noise environment.
  1. On the Speech Properties window, click the New button under Recognition profiles.
    Figure 25: New profile setup in Speech Properties
    New profile setup in Speech  Properties with the  New button highlighted
  2. On the Add a profile window, name the profile, and then click OK.
  3. Follow the on-screen directions in the Microphone Setup Wizard.
  4. To change the default microphone, click the Advanced button in the Speech Properties window.
    • On the Audio Input Settings window, select the radio button next to Use this audio input device.
    • Select the desired microphone input from the drop-down menu.
    • Click OK.
Setting up user settings
Enhance the ability of Speech Recognition to understand your speech.
  1. On the Speech Properties window, highlight your profile name.
  2. Click the Train Profile button and follow the on-screen directions in the Speech Recognition Voice Training wizard.
  3. On the Speech Properties window, if you want Speech Recognition to start automatically when you log on, select the checkbox next to Run Speech Recognition at startup (optional).
  4. On the Speech Properties window, select the check box next to Enable voice activation (optional).
  5. To change the spacing between sentences, select the desired number from the Number of spaces to insert after punctuation drop-down.
Setting up Sound themes
The computer makes sounds to alert you when certain events occur, such as the receipt of a new email. You can change the sounds for Speech Recognition events.
  1. On the Speech Properties window, click the Audio Input button.
  2. On the Sound window, click the Sounds tab.
  3. Under Program Events, scroll down to the Windows Speech Recognition program events.
  4. Click the program event that you want to change.
  5. Select a new sound from the Sounds drop-down menu.
    Figure 26: Sound options for Speech Recognition program events
     Sound options for Speech Recognition program events  in the Sound menu
  6. Click the Test button to preview a sound.
  7. Click Apply.
Enhancing microphone performance
Improve the ability of Speech Recognition to understand your speech by muting or reducing background sounds.
  1. On the Speech Properties window, click the Audio Input button.
  2. On the Sound window, click the Communications tab.
  3. Select the radio button next to your preferred option, and then click Apply.
    Figure 27: Options to mute or reduce sounds
    Options to reduce or mute other sounds while using the microphone

Making the mouse easier to use

Make the mouse pointer more visible by changing the way it looks, and turn on features that make the mouse easier to use.
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Make the mouse easier to use link.

Changing the color and size of mouse pointers

If you have trouble seeing the mouse pointer on your screen, you can make it more visible by following the steps below.
  1. Under Mouse pointers, select the radio button next to the desired color and size combination.
    Figure 28: Options for changing the mouse pointer
    Options for changing the color and size of the mouse pointer
  2. Click Apply.

Turning on Mouse Keys

Enabling Mouse Keys makes it possible to use the numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer around on the screen.
If using a mouse is difficult, press the TAB key to navigate in Ease of Access Center menus. To open a link, press the TAB key until the link is highlighted, and then press ENTER. To move slider bars, press the TAB key until the slider bar is highlighted, and then press the left arrow or right arrow keys. To select or remove a selection from a check box or radio button, press the TAB key until the item is selected, and then press the SPACE BAR key.
To set up Mouse Keys:
  1. Click the Make the mouse easier to use link under Explore all settings in the Ease of Access Center menu.
  2. Select the check box next to Turn on Mouse Keys, and then click Apply.
  3. Click the Set up Mouse Keys link.
  4. Under Other settings, choose whether you want to use Mouse Keys when NUM LOCK is on or off by selecting the radio button next to On or Off, and then click Apply.
  5. Under Pointer speed, set a top speed and/or rate of acceleration for the mouse pointer by moving the slider bar to the desired level, and then click Apply.
  6. To control the mouse pointer speed, select the check box next to Hold down CTRL to speed up and SHIFT to slow down.
  7. While in Set up Mouse Keys, choose the desired functions:
    • To be able to turn on Mouse Keys without opening Ease of Access Center, select the check box next to Turn on Mouse Keys with left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK, and then click Apply.
    • To see a warning message when turning Mouse Keys on, select the check box next to Display a warning message when turning a setting on, and then click Apply.
      Figure 29: Warning message that appears when Mouse Keys are turned on
      The warning message that appears when Mouse Keys are turned on
    • If you want to hear a sound when turning Mouse Keys on or off, select the check box next to Make a sound when turning a setting on or off, and then click Apply.
    • For a visual reminder that the Mouse Keys feature is on, select the check box next to Display the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar, and then click Apply.

Using Mouse Keys

Move the mouse pointer using the numeric keypad.
  • Move the pointer up and left by pressing 7.
  • Move the pointer up by pressing 8.
  • Move the pointer up and right by pressing 9.
  • Move the pointer left by pressing 4.
  • Move the pointer right by pressing 6.
  • Move the pointer down and left by pressing 1.
  • Move the pointer down by pressing 2.
  • Move the pointer down and right by pressing 3.
  • Drag an item by pointing to it, pressing 0, and then pressing the desired directional button.
  • Drop an item that is being dragged by pointing to it, and then pressing the . (decimal) key.
  • On the numeric keypad, press the / (forward slash) plus the 5 keys to left-click.
  • On the numeric keypad, press the - (minus symbol) plus the 5 keys to right-click.
  • On the numeric keypad, press the / (forward slash) plus the + (plus symbol) keys to double-click.
  • On the numeric keypad, press the * (asterisk) plus the 5 keys to select an item and right-click it.

Changing the way you switch between windows

If clicking with a mouse is difficult, you can change options in Ease of Access Center to make it possible to select windows by hovering over them with the mouse or a joy stick.
  1. Click the Make the mouse easier to use link under Explore all settings in Ease of Access Center.
  2. Under Make it easier to manage windows, select the check box next to Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse.
  3. Click Apply.

Disabling Aero Snap

Aero Snap, a Windows 7 feature that makes it possible to resize an application by dragging the window to the edge of the screen, can be disabled in Ease of Access Center.
  1. Click the Make the mouse easier to use link under Explore all settings in Ease of Access Center.
  2. Under Make it easier to manage windows, select the check box next to Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.
  3. Click Apply.

Making the keyboard easier to use

Changing the settings in Windows 7 can make the keyboard easier and more comfortable to use.

Setting up and using Sticky Keys

Sticky Keys allows you to press one key at a time to use key combinations, such as CTRL + ALT + DELETE.
If using a mouse is difficult, press the TAB key to navigate in Ease of Access Center menus. To open a link, press the TAB key until the link is highlighted, and then press ENTER. To move slider bars, press the TAB key until the slider bar is highlighted, and then press the left arrow or right arrow keys. To select or remove a selection from a check box or radio button, press the TAB key until the item is selected, and then press the SPACE BAR key.
To configure Sticky Keys:
  1. Click Start , and select Control Panel from the list on the left.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Ease of Access Center.
  4. Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings in Ease of Access Center.
  5. In the Make the keyboard easier to use menu, select the check box next to Turn on Sticky Keys, and click Apply.
    Figure 30: Sticky Keys settings in the Make the keyboard easier to use menu
    Sticky Keys settings in the Make the keyboard easier to use menu
  6. Click the Set up Sticky Keys link and chose the desired functions:
    • To be able to turn on Sticky Keys without opening Ease of Access Center, select the check box next to Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times, and click Apply.
    • If you want to see a warning message when turning Sticky Keys on, select the check box next to Display a Warning message when turning a setting on, and click Apply.
      Figure 31: Warning message that appears when Sticky Keys are turned on
      The warning message that appears when Sticky Keys are turned on
    • If you want to hear a sound when turning Sticky Keys on or off, select the check box next to Make a sound when turning a setting on or off, and click Apply.
    • To make it possible to lock a modifier key, such as CTRL, ALT, SHIFT, or Windows , select the check box next to Lock modifier keys when pressed twice in a row, and click Apply.
    • To make it possible to turn off Sticky Keys when a modifier key and another key are pressed simultaneously, select the check box next to Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys are pressed at once, and click Apply.
    • To hear an audible cue when a modifier key is pressed, locked, or released, select the check box next to Play a sound when modifier keys are pressed, and click Apply.
    • For a visual reminder that the Sticky Keys feature is turned on, select the check box next to Display the Sticky Keys icon on the taskbar, and click Apply.
      Figure 32: Settings for Sticky Keys
       The Set Up Sticky Keys menu with the Apply button highlighted

Setting up and using Toggle Keys

Enabling Toggle Keys makes it possible to hear sound cues when pressing locking keys such as CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK.
Follow the steps below to use Toggle Keys:
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings in the Ease of Access Center menu.
  3. In the Make the keyboard easier to use menu, select the check box next to Turn on Toggle Keys, and click Apply.
  4. To be able to turn on Toggle Keys without opening Ease of Access Center, select the check box next to Turn on Toggle Keys by holding down the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds, and click Apply.

Setting up and using Filter Keys

Filter Keys stops the computer from processing brief or repeated keystrokes. By turning on Filter Keys, you can also slow the rate at which a key repeats when held down.
Follow the steps below to use Filter Keys:
  1. Click Start , and select Control Panel from the list on the left.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Ease of Access Center.
  4. Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings in the Ease of Access Center menu.
  5. In the Make the keyboard easier to use menu, select the check box next to Turn on Filter Keys, and click Apply.
  6. Click the Set up Filter Keys link and chose the desired functions:
    • To be able to turn on Filter Keys without opening Ease of Access Center, select the check box next to Turn on Filter Keys when SHIFT is pressed for 8 seconds, and click Apply.
    • To see a warning message when turning Filter Keys on, select the check box next to Display a Warning message when turning a setting on, and click Apply.
      Figure 33: Warning message that appears when Filter Keys are turned on
      The warning message that appears when Filter Keys are turned on
    • To hear a sound when turning Filter Keys on or off, select the check box next to Make a sound when turning a setting on or off, and click Apply.
    • To hear an audible cue, select the check box next to Beep when keys are pressed or accepted, and click Apply.
    • For a visual reminder that the Filter Keys feature is turned on, select the check box next to Display the Filter Keys icon on the taskbar, and click Apply.

Setting up and using Bounce Keys or Repeat Keys and Slow Keys

The Bounce Keys function stops the computer from processing repeated keystrokes. You can specify the amount of time you want the computer to wait before processing repeated keystrokes. The Repeat Keys and Slow Keys functions stop the computer from processing all repeat keystrokes, or those that occur within a specific amount of time.
Bounce Keys
When using the Bounce Keys feature, the computer will ignore key presses that are rapidly repeated.
Follow the steps below to set up Bounce Keys:
  1. Click Start , and select Control Panel from the list on the left.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Ease of Access Center.
  4. Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings in the Ease of Access Center menu.
  5. Click the Set up Filter Keys link.
  6. In the Set up Filter Keys menu, select the radio button next to Turn on Bounce Keys, and click Apply.
  7. From the drop-down menu, select the desired amount of time the computer should wait before accepting keystrokes.
    Figure 34: Bounce Keys drop-down in Set up Filter Keys
    The Bounce Keys drop-down menu in Set up Filter Keys
Repeat Keys and Slow Keys
When using Repeat and Slow Keys, you can set a delay for avoiding accidental keystrokes, ignore repeated keystrokes r slow down the rate at which the computer accepts repeated keystrokes.
Follow the steps below to turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys:
  1. Click Start , and select Control Panel from the list on the left.
  2. In Control Panel, click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Ease of Access Center.
  4. Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings in the Ease of Access Center menu.
  5. Click the Set up Filter Keys link.
  6. In the Set up Filter Keys menu, select the radio button next to Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow keys.
  7. Click the Set up Repeat Keys and Slow Keys link.
  8. From the drop-down menu, select the desired amount of time the computer should wait before accepting keystrokes.
  9. To stop the computer from processing repeated keystrokes, select the radio button next to Ignore all repeated keystrokes.
  10. To stop the computer from processing all repeated keystrokes that occur within a specific amount of time, select the radio button next to Slow down keyboard repeat rates.
  11. If Slow down keyboard repeat rates is selected, use the first drop-down menu to set the amount of time the computer should wait before accepting the first repeated keystroke, and then use the second drop-down menu to select the amount of time the computer should wait before accepting subsequent repeated keystrokes.
  12. Click Apply.
  13. To test the settings, enter sample text into the Type text here to test settings field, and click Apply.
    Figure 35: Test settings
    The field to enter text to test Repeat Keys and Slow Keys settings
  14. Click OK.

Making keyboard shortcuts and access keys easier to see

Turning on the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys feature can make keyboard shortcuts and access keys easier to see. For example, the Edit menu in the Internet Explorer Menu Bar can be opened at any time by pressing the ALT + E keys. When the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys feature is enabled, the E in the Edit menu is underlined, providing a visual reminder of which key to use. To open Edit or any other menu, press the ALT key while pressing the underlined key.
Figure 36: The Edit menu being opened using a shortcut key
The Edit menu in the Menu Bar of Internet Explorer being opened by pressing the ALT + E  keys
When the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys feature is enabled, radio buttons and check boxes can be selected, or the selection removed, by pressing the ALT and the underlined keys at the same time. For example, in the Narrator preferences window, the K in Echo User's Keystrokes setting is underlined. To select the check box for Echo User's Keystrokes, press the ALT + K keys.
Figure 37: Example of a check box selected by pressing ALT + K
Echo User's Keystrokes in the Narrator preferences menu, with the check box selected by pressing the ALT and the K keys simultaneously
Follow the steps below to underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys:
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Make the keyboard easier to use link.
  3. Under Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts, select the check box next to Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys, and then click Apply.

Substituting text or visual alternatives for sounds

After turning on visual notifications, system sounds and announcements are replaced with visual cues, such as a flash on the screen, making system alerts visually noticeable. In some applications, you can turn on text captions to display spoken dialog as text.
  1. Open Ease of Access Center by pressing the Windows + U keys.
  2. Under Explore all settings, click the Use text or visual alternatives for sounds link.
  3. To replace system alerts with visual cues, select the check box next to Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry).
    • To make the caption bar at the top of a dialog box or window flash during an audio event, select the radio button next to Flash active caption bar, and click Apply.
    • To make the entire window flash during an audio event, select the radio button next to Flash active window, and click Apply.
      Figure 38: Example of the flash that occurs when flash active windows is enabled
      A flashing dialog box with the flash active window visual warning enabled
    • To make the entire desktop flash during an audio event, select the radio button next to Flash desktop, and click Apply.
      Figure 39: Example of the flash that occurs when flash desktop is enabled
      A flashing desktop with the flash desktop visual warning enabled
  4. To make system sounds and spoken dialog display as text (where available), select the check box next to Turn on text captions for spoken dialog (when available).
  5. Click OK.
For more information on accessibility options, visit Microsoft's Accessibility page .
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