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HP PCs - Windows 10 Accessibility Options

This document is for HP computers with Windows 10.
Windows 10 offers a variety of accessibility tools to customize your computer so it is easier to use.

Ease of Access

Accessibility tools provide options for people who have learning, vision, hearing, and mobility impairments. Use the narrator feature to have text read to you. Use the speech recognition feature to control your computer with voice commands or convert speech to text so you do not need to type. Activate keyboard and visual features to make navigating your computer easier.
You can turn on several accessibility options from Ease of Access settings, a central location for features such as Narrator, Magnifier, Closed captions, and High contrast. See the following sections for these and other accessibility options.

Open Ease of Access

Open Ease of Access before signing in for common access settings like Narrator, Magnifier, and On-Screen keyboard. Open Ease of Access settings after signing in for a full menu of access options.

Set up the computer to read on-screen text aloud with Narrator

Narrator is an app that reads on-screen text aloud in some applications and programs. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the Internet, use apps, and work with documents. Where available, Audio Description describes what is happening in videos.
For additional information about using Narrator, go to Microsoft document Complete guide to Narrator (in English).

Use Cortana personal digital assistant with speech recognition

Cortana personal digital assistant with speech recognition can help you perform a variety of tasks. In addition, if you have a Windows phone or the Cortana app for Android or Apple iOS devices, you can set Cortana to sync notifications between your computer and your mobile device.
For Business computers on IT managed systems, Cortana might be disabled. To confirm, contact your company's IT department or your local IT service.
Use Cortana to perform the following functions.
  • Add appointments to your calendar.
  • Send emails or texts.
  • Get reminders of appointments.
  • Perform calculations.
  • Search the web.
In addition, Cortana can provide the following types of current and relevant information.
  • Headline news items and local weather information
  • Directions and a map to your favorite places
  • Traffic conditions to help with your commute
  • Scores for your favorite sports teams
  • Stock market gains and losses
To use Cortana, type in the search box on the taskbar or talk to Cortana. You can teach Cortana to recognize your voice and activate when you say, "Hey Cortana." For example, you can say "Hey Cortana, wake me up at 6 AM."
If you choose to talk to Cortana and use Cortana's hands-free speech recognition, enable the Hey Cortana feature.
For more information about using Cortana, go to Using Cortana Personal Digital Assistant (Windows 10).

Increase the size of text and images with Magnifier

Use Magnifier to increase the size of text and images or change the way items display on the screen. Enlarge the entire screen, the area around the mouse pointer, or just a part of the screen.
  1. In Windows, search for and open Ease of Access settings.
  2. On the Ease of Access menu, select Magnifier, and then turn on Magnifier.
    The Magnifier toolbar displays.
    If you open Ease of Access before you sign in, Magnifier automatically turns on when you select it.
    When you turn on Magnifier, the magnifying toolbar displays
  3. Click the plus or minus icons in the Magnifier tool bar to zoom in or out.
    Clicking the plus sign icon to zoom in
  4. If you want Magnifier to follow Narrator around the screen, scroll down to Have Magnifier follow, and then select Narrator cursor.
    Using Magnifier with Narrator
  5. On the Magnifier toolbar, click Views.
    Magnifier toolbar with the Views options displayed
  6. Select Full screen, Docked, or Lens view.
    • Full screen: enlarges the entire screen.
      An example of Magnifier in Full screen view
    • Lens: Enlarges the area around the mouse pointer.
      An example of Magnifier in Lens view
      You can click the Settings icon on the Magnifier toolbar to open Ease of Access Settings, and then use the slider bars to adjust the Lens size.
      Use the slider bars to adjust the Lens size
    • Docked: Enlarges part of the screen.
      An example of Magnifier in Docked view, with the magnified area docked at the top of the screen

Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard

Use On-Screen Keyboard, Speech Recognition, and Dictation to use the computer without a mouse or keyboard.

Use Dictation to talk instead of typing

Use Dictation on the desktop to convert spoken words into text, inputting English text on the desktop. You can also use voice commands to add punctuation or edit text.
Dictation is available in U.S. English only. To use it, your computer must be connected to the Internet. To dictate in other languages, use Windows Speech Recognition.
  1. To start dictating, select a text field, and then press the Windows key + H to open the dictation toolbar. For example, to send an email message from the Mail program, open Mail, and then click New Mail. Select a text field, and then press the Windows key + H to open the dictation toolbar.
    If you are using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation.
    Example of using Dictation to create an email
  2. Start talking. Dictation converts your speech to text and inputs it into the email.
    If you are using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation. To stop dictating, say, "Stop dictation."
  3. To do basic editing or to insert punctuation, tell your computer what to do. For example, say, "Select the previous word"" or "Question mark." For a complete list of dictation commands, go to Microsoft's Dictation support page (in English).

Make 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.

Make the keyboard easier to use

Change the keyboard settings to make the keyboard easier and more comfortable to use.

Set up and use closed captions

Turn on captions to display system sounds and spoken dialogue as text (where available).
  1. In Windows, search for and open Control Panel.
  2. Type Ease of Access Center in the search field, and then select Ease of Access Center from the search results.
  3. Under Explore all settings, select Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.
  4. Check the box next to Turn on text captions for spoken dialog (when available), and then click Apply.
    Turning on closed captions
  5. Check the box next to Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry).
    Turning on visual notifications for sounds
    • Flash active caption bar: Select to allow the caption bar at the top of a dialog box or window to flash during an audio event.
    • Flash active window: Select to allow the entire window to flash during an audio event.
    • Flash display: Select to allow the entire desktop to flash during an audio event.
  6. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  7. To modify settings for text captions, such as color, size, and style, search for and open Ease of Access settings.
  8. Under the Hearing section, click Closed captions, and then select the settings you want from the drop-down menus.
    Closed captions settings

Make the computer screen easier to see

You can increase the size of text and images or change the way items display to make the computer screen easier to see.

Accessibility options with Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge supports tagged PDF files, and includes improvements to features such as the address bar, tabs, windows, and Favorites. You can also sign PDFs, highlight books that you are reading, add comments, and add virtual sticky notes. A new virtual narrator feature called Read aloud works on PDFs, eBooks, and some webpages.
In addition, Learning Tools is a set of features that make it easier for people with dyslexia. For example, the text in Microsoft Edge can be spaced and highlighted. Change the background to a darker shade to help reduce eye strain and change the size and type of font for near or far-sightedness.
In Windows, search for and open Microsoft Edge, or click the Edge icon on the taskbar.

Accessibility options with Windows 10 apps

With the latest updates, Microsoft improved the accessibility functionality of many core Windows 10 apps. The following are examples of accessibility features with some Windows 10 apps:
  • Mail: Mail introduced an improved account setup experience when using a screen reader.
  • Cortana: Cortana includes more reliable search and navigation when using a keyboard, improved high contrast mode support, and general fixes that improve the Cortana experience when used with accessibility tools such as Windows Speech Recognition, Narrator, and other screen readers.
  • Groove: Groove now provides better support for high-DPI scaling and high contrast, better color combinations and text boxing, and enhancements that improve the app's function when used with a screen reader.

Additional resources

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