How to Adjust Windows 10 Ease of Use Settings

By Andy Rathbone

Nearly everybody finds Windows 10 to be particularly challenging, but some people face special physical challenges, as well. To assist them, the Control Panel’s Ease of Access area offers a variety of welcome changes.

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If your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, you may appreciate the ways to increase the text size on your computer screen.

Follow these steps to modify the settings in Windows:

  1. Load the Windows Settings app.

    You can fetch the Settings app any of several ways:

    • Mouse: Click the Start button and then click Settings from the Start menu.

    • Keyboard: From the desktop, press the Windows key + I, scroll up to the words Settings, and then press Enter.

    • Touchscreen: Slide your finger inward from the screen’s right edge inward and tap the All Settings icon.

  2. When the Settings app appears, select the Ease of Access icon.

    The Ease of Access Center appears, as shown here.

    The Ease of Access Center contains a wide variety of ways to help users with physical limitations.

    The Ease of Access Center contains a wide variety of ways to help users with physical limitations.
  3. Change the settings according to your needs.

    The Ease of Access window offers several categories to make your computer easier to control. To turn a feature on or off, click its toggle button in these categories:

    • Narrator: The awful built-in narrator in Windows reads onscreen text for people who can’t view it clearly. It also tells you what button you’ve pressed. Be prepared to hear a lot of information as you touch a tablet or move a mouse.

    • Magnifier: Designed for the visually impaired, this option magnifies the mouse pointer’s exact location.

    • High Contrast: This setting eliminates most screen colors but helps vision-impaired people view the screen and cursor more clearly.

    • Closed Captions: Designed to help the hearing impaired, this option helps you place captions in movies that support Closed Caption technology.

    • Keyboard: This setting places a clickable keyboard along the screen’s bottom, letting you type by pointing and clicking. It also manipulates the keyboard in other ways, making it easier for people with limited typing ability.

    • Mouse: Head here to enlarge the mouse pointer and make it easier to view.

    • Other options: This offers a variety of options for the vision impaired, from enlarging cursor width to whether Windows should show animations when opening and closing windows.

    Choose any of these options to turn on the feature immediately. If it makes matters worse, choose it again to toggle it off.

    If you’re still not happy, proceed to Step 5.

  4. Visit the Control Panel’s Ease of Access Center.

    Windows 10 still offers the desktop Control Panel’s Ease of Access Center, which has been a Windows staple for many years.

    To reach it, right-click the Start button, choose Control Panel, and click the Ease of Access Center icon.

    Some centers that assist physically challenged people may offer software or assistance for helping you make these changes.