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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
Over the years, Microsoft has made some nice improvements in the area of accessibility. So we are going to explore the ease of Ease of Access Center in this lesson and we'll start by opening up a document from the 06_06 folder of the Chapter 06 folder in the Exercise Files if you've got them, or any other document for that matter, if you want to follow along. So with the document opened on our screen, we may have difficulty reading this document because of accessibility issues. So we are going to explore the Ease of Access Center, which we can access from the Control panel.
We'll click the Windows Orb and choose Control panel and now for the Ease of Access Center, we go to the bottom right-hand corner. We've some options here, we can access Ease of Access by clicking the category heading or go directly to letting Windows suggest settings or optimize your visual display. Well, let's go to Ease of Access and click there to see all of the different options. Under the Ease of Access Center, you'll notice that we can let Windows suggest our settings from here. Optimize our visual display from here as well, but there is also replacing sounds with visual cues.
So if you're not going to hear the sounds, you might want visual cues instead. Let's start there with a click, I will turn that on and then down below, we can choose what visual warning we want. So, in this case, it's going to flash the active caption bar, if you'd rather have the entire window flash, you can choose that radio button. We can also turn on text captions for spoken dialog when it's available. So we'll click Apply and let's go back with the Back button. All right. We can also change how the mouse works, select that link and down below you'll notice for most pointers we can change the color and size.
So if you're having difficulty seeing it, we can increase it from our regular white pointer and I Beam to something larger. You can also change to black, even to an inverted color. Another option is to turn on mouse keys. As we scroll down, you can see you can use the Numeric Keypad on your keyboard to move the mouse around the screen, as opposed to grabbing the mouse. Let's click OK here. (automated voice) And you may hear some voices in the background. Notice that from the Ease of Access Center here, there is two check boxes.
Always read this section aloud. That's what's happening and Always scan this section. So you might see each of these items get selected and you'll hear a narrator reading out what's actually been highlighted there. (automated voice: start magnifier.) The magnifier for example. And that's where we're going to go next, the Magnifier is a brand-new feature here in Windows 7, so let's give it a click, and now there are different views to choose from. So let's go back to our document. Let me just move down to the Taskbar and you can notice as we move down everything is kind of magnified for us.
So I am going to switch to the Word document. And this particular view is actually kind of like taking a magnifying glass and moving it across our document, making a little bit easier to read. But this may not be comfortable for you, so you can go to a Magnifying Glass that appears in the top-left corner, click those double arrows and the Magnifier Window opens up. So here we can adjust the zoom level. Right now it's set to 300% for me. Yours might be at 200, but we can knock it down or up. I am going to go down to 200, we can change the views, this is called Lens view, but if you wanted a full screen view, choose Full screen and now everything is magnified.
So you just move your mouse to the right and you are going to see the right-hand side of your screen, move it up. It's as if you've just magnified your entire monitor. Let's go back to the Magnifying Glass and click. Again, we can change the level for that view. Let's go back to Views and choose Docked. This is another option where you've got a little window that can be floated around or docked to a portion of your screen such as at the top. Now as we move our mouse down across the document, we see it zoomed in at the top, if that's where you have docked it and you can click and start working in any of those areas.
Let's go back to our Magnifying Glass and change our view back to Full screen. Magnifier itself is a little tiny window that when we're done with, we can just simply close it up by clicking the Close button and everything returns back to normal. So that's all from the Control panel in the Ease of Access Center, we'll go back there. I am going to deselect these check boxes, so nobody is talking while I am and we'll just examine some of the other options here as well. Notice down below we do have a number of different settings that relate to accessibility.
We can actually use our computer without a display, optimizing it for blindness or Make the computer easier to see, something we just did with the magnifier. We can optimize our visual display from here as well. Use the computer without the mouse or a keyboard, vice-versa, Make the mouse easier to use, the keyboard easier to use. Let's check out making the keyboard easier to use. There's something here called Mouse Keys that we talked about already, allows us to control the mouse, using the Numeric Keypad, but down below we also have things called Sticky Keys.
So for example, keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+Delete is one key at a time. You have to hold down all three. And so when you press the first one, it's as if you are holding it down. Its sticky if you turn this on. We can turn on Filter Keys as well, so you would ignore or slow down at least brief or repeated keystrokes and adjust the keyboard repeat rates. So if people have trouble pressing a key and letting go fast enough, so they don't see repeated characters, we can adjust the speed of those keystrokes.
So lots of options to explore under Ease of Access. Let's just go back using the Back button here and scroll down and we'll just look at one more option, which is to use text or visual alternatives for sound. We've already changed this one, so we are able to access it directly from the Control panel. I am just going to turn that back off and click OK. Now we'll close up Control panel, this returns this to our documents in Normal mode. You can close that up as well.
If accessibility is important to you, it's good to know, Microsoft is on the ball with some nice improvements here to the Ease of Access Center in Windows 7.
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