Jan 2017


how to use accessibility options in windows xp ?

If you have a disability such as a visual impairment, a mobility impairment, a hearing impairment, or cognitive and language impairments, you can use the accessibility options to make your computer easier to use. To make modifications, you can use two tools: the Accessibility Options applet in Control Panel and the Accessibility accessories.



If you or someone in your office needs assistive technology beyond the                   options provided in windows XP Professional, go to the Microsoft                               Accessibility site(WWW.microsoft.com/enable/). This site is a gold mine of               information. Scroll down to the bottom of the opening page to click on a link         that will take you to accessibility newsgroups.

Using the Accessibility Options Applet

To access the Accessibility Options, click Accessibility Options in Control Panel.

If you have difficulty seeing screen elements, you can display Windows colors in high contrast. Clicking the first task in the Accessibility Options folder, Adjust The Contrast For Text And Colors On Your Screen, opens the Accessibility Options dialog box at the Display tab, Click the Use High Contrast check box to turn on high contrast. Click the Settings button in the High Contrast section to open the Settings For High Contrast dialog box, in which you can enable a keyboard shortcut that turns on high contrast and select a high-contrast appearance theme. You use the Cursor Options section of the Display tab to change the blink rate and width of the cursor.

Clicking the Configure Windows To Work For Your Vision, Hearing And Mobility Needs link in the Accessibility Options folder starts the Accessibility Wizard, which is an easy way to set up Accessibility Options, including some that you can also set in the Accessibility Options dialog box, which we’ll look at next. You can tell the wizard what your particular disability is, and then you can follow simple on-screen instructions for ways to modify your computer for Windows XP Professional accordingly.

For example, start the wizard and click Next until you reach the Set wizard Options screen, Click the I Am Blind Or Have Difficulty Seeing Things On Screen check box, and then click Next. The wizard will then step you through selecting how you want to view components such as scroll bars, icons, colors, the mouse cursor, and so on.

TIP                  When you select to save your settings in the Wizard, you can take the file and apply those settings to another computer.

Clicking the Accessibility Options link in the Or Pick A Control Panel Icon section of the Accessibility Options folder opens the Accessibility Options dialog box at the Keyboard tab,


In the Keyboard tab, you can customize your keyboard in the following ways:

  • Click the Use StickyKeys check box if you have difficulty pressing two keys at once, such as Ctrl +Alt. To fine-tune the use of StickyKeys, click the settings button, and use the options in the Settings For StickyKeys dialog box.


  • Click the Use FilterKeys check box if you want Windows XP Professional to ignore short or repeated keystrokes or to slow the repeat rate. To fine-tune the use of FilterKeys, click the Settings button, and use the options in the Settings For FilterKeys dialog box.


  • Click the Use ToggleKeys check box if you want to hear a sound when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock. Click the Settings button to open the Settings For ToggleKeys dialog box, in which you can enable or disable a shortcut that activates ToggleKeys.

Earlier you saw how to use the Display tab to adjust contrast and cursor options. You can use the other tabs in the Accessibility Options dialog box to adjust the sound and the mouse as follows:

  • Click the Sound tab, and then click the Use SoundSentry check box if you want a visual cue when your system generates a sound. Click the Use ShowSounds check box if you want captions for speech and sounds that an application makes.


  • Click the Mouse tab, and then click the Use MouseKeys check box if you want to control the mouse pointer from the numeric keypad.


  • Click the General tab to specify and idle time interval after which accessibility features are turned off, to enable warning messages or sounds that signal the turning on or off of a feature, to enable an alternative mouse or keyboard device, and to select administrative options.


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