For those who have difficulty pressing keys on keyboards or reading onscreen text, Windows 7 includes several other useful accessibility features to make the keyboard easier to use. To access and turn on these features, complete the following steps:
1. Click Starts-Control Panels-Ease of AccesssEase of Access Center. (You can also press Windows-U to quickly open the Ease of Access Center.)
2. In the Ease of Access Center, under Explore All Settings, click "Make the keyboard easier to use." This displays the "Make the keyboard easier to use" page, shown in Figure 13-23.
3. The Mouse Keys feature lets you move the mouse around the screen using the left, right, up, and down arrows on the numeric keypad. To enable Mouse Keys, select the "Turn on Mouse Keys" checkbox.
4. The Sticky Keys feature lets you press key combinations, such as Ctrl-Alt-Delete, one key at a time. Modifier keys are locked and selected automatically if you press them twice in a row. To enable Sticky Keys, select the "Turn on Sticky Keys" checkbox.
5. The Toggle Keys feature plays a warning tone whenever you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock key. To enable Toggle Keys, select the "Turn on Toggle Keys" checkbox.
6. The Filter Keys feature lets you automatically filter unintentional keystrokes. When this feature is enabled, you must press and hold a key for a specific length of time before it is accepted or repeated. To turn on Filter Keys, select the "Turn on Filter Keys" checkbox.
7. Click Save to save and apply your settings.
Make the keyboard easier to use
When you select these settings, they will automatically start each time you log on, Control the mouse with the keyboard I | Turn on Mouse Keys
Use the numeric keypad to move the mouse around the screen. Set up Mouse Keys
Make it easier to type
Press keyboard shortcuts (such as CTRL+ALT+DEL) one key at a time. Set up Sticky Keys
Hear a tone when you press CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK; or SCROLL LOCK, g] Turn on Toggle Keys by holding down the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds
13 Turn on Filter Keys
Ignore or slow down brief or repeated keystrokes and adjust keyboard repeat rates. Set up Fitter Keys
Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts
[rl Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys
Make it easier to manage windows
|n| Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen
Add a Dvorak keyboard and change other keyboard input settings Keyboard settings
Figure 13-23. Making the keyboard easier to use
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