Windows 11 accessibility features that anyone can use

In recent years, Microsoft has made great strides to make Windows more accessible to a wider audience. Windows 11 includes a special Accessibility section designed to help users customize the appearance and behavior of the operating system to their needs. This section is very helpful for users with visual, hearing or physical disabilities, but these accessibility features can be used by anyone to enhance their Windows 11 experience. Here are some worth mentioning.

Make everything bigger

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If you wear glasses, or if you just don’t feel comfortable staring at a small laptop screen all day, try making everything in Windows 11 bigger, from text to the user interface.

Go to SettingsAccessibilityDisplayDish and choose a setting between 100% and 200%. Especially if you’re using a 4K display, the 200% scaling mode makes everything nice and big, while remaining usable.

If you just want to increase the text size, you can do that from SettingsAccessibility Font size

Zoom in quickly on everything with the magnifying glass

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The magnifying glass is an easily accessible zoom tool that you can activate by pressing . to push Windows and the Plus tinkering together. If the Magnifier function is on, press the Plus press again to zoom in on the screen and the mouse to pan around the screen. You can keep zooming in or out with the Plus and Minus keys (while holding down the Windows key). When you are done, press the WindowsEscape button to disable the function.

Use night light to reduce blue light emission

Contrary to popular belief, blue light won’t necessarily keep you up at night, and the best option for preventing light from affecting your sleep is to stop using screens at night. However, some find blue light limiters useful from a comfort perspective. If you’re interested, try Windows 11’s night light feature. It can be accessed from the Wi-Fi menu in the taskbar and instantly adds a warm filter to the entire screen.

Make the mouse bigger or more colorful

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You don’t have to live with the standard mouse cursor. Go to SettingsAccessibilitymouse pointer to change the size and style. To change the color, click on the last option.

You can do the same for the text cursor, from SettingsAccessibilitytext cursor

Using High Contrast Themes

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Windows 11 has many transparent and translucent elements. If you’re having a hard time seeing what a button is and what a link is, try using one of Windows 11’s high-contrast themes. You can try a simple Dessert theme in a sepia tone with blue accents, or the Night Sky theme, which is all black and highlights elements in bright yellow. Or click on the “edit” button to customize your own theme.

Type with your voice

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Speech to text has come a long way, as evidenced by Windows 11’s Voice Typing tool. Windows 11 users use Azure Speech services to generate text for any speech, including punctuation, so what you say should (hopefully) be literal. appear on the page.

press the Windowshuh hotkey or the microphone icon next to the spacebar on the touch keyboard to get started. The Voice Typing feature understands punctuation and special characters so you can say something like “open single quotes” and Windows will start a quoted sentence for you. Read more details about the phrases and supported languages ​​in this document.

Get automatic subtitles for everything

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Windows 11 has automatic captions that work for all types of videos, TV shows, and movies. You can enable it at any time using the WindowsCheckl hotkey, or you can go to SettingsAccessibilityCaptionsLive Captions† You can also edit the subtitle style from here.

After pressing the hotkey, Windows 11 will automatically start converting the spoken word to live text on the screen.

Let Windows be your storyteller

Windows 11’s Narrator feature is pretty cool, letting you do basic tasks without needing a mouse. It is designed for users who are blind or partially sighted, and as a screen reader it reads everything on the screen, including text, buttons and links. You can use the keyboard to navigate and select things.

Get started with the WindowsCheckEnter key. Use the to go to Narrator settings WindowsCheckN Keyboard shortcut.