THE LOW VISION LOOK AND OTHER TRICKS OF THE TRADE

Have trouble reading small type? Good50.com is a Google web search page that’s easy on the eyes.  Both the search box and what you type are enlarged. You can also enlarge the type on any page by hitting the control-plus keys.
Speaking of accessibility options, Windows has half a dozen built in, but it’s up to you to turn them on. For instance, Bob says he often hits the caps-lock key without realizing it and then looks up to see several words in all capitals. An alert reader wrote in to say that you can get a beep when cap-locks is turned on and another when you turn it off.
Here’s how: In Windows XP, click “Start” and then “Control Panel.” Double-click “Accessibility Options.” Select “Use ToggleKeys.”  Or, if you’d rather get a visual cue, instead of audible, click the “Sound” tab and select “Use SoundSentry.” Then choose from the visual warning menu.
In Windows 7 and Vista, click “Start” and then “Control Panel.” Then click “Ease of Access Center.” Click “Change how your keyboard works.” Then click “Turn on Toggle Keys.” To get a visual cue, go back to the “Ease of Access Center” and choose “Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.”
Windows has a lot of other accessibility features you may want to explore. To find them, click “start” and “help and support.” Then type ”Accessibility.” You’ll learn how to turn on the magnifier, change the font size, or, in Windows 7 and Vista, hear the text read to you.

imageHave trouble reading small type? Good50.com is a Google web search page that’s easy on the eyes.  Both the search box and what you type are enlarged. You can also enlarge the type on any page by hitting the control-plus keys.

Speaking of accessibility options, Windows has half a dozen built in, but it’s up to you to turn them on. For instance, Bob says he often hits the caps-lock key without realizing it and then looks up to see several words in all capitals. An alert reader wrote in to say that you can get a beep when cap-locks is turned on and another when you turn it off.

Here’s how: In Windows XP, click “Start” and then “Control Panel.” Double-click “Accessibility Options.” Select “Use ToggleKeys.”  Or, if you’d rather get a visual cue, instead of audible, click the “Sound” tab and select “Use SoundSentry.” Then choose from the visual warning menu.

In Windows 7 and Vista, click “Start” and then “Control Panel.” Then click “Ease of Access Center.” Click “Change how your keyboard works.” Then click “Turn on Toggle Keys.” To get a visual cue, go back to the “Ease of Access Center” and choose “Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.”

Windows has a lot of other accessibility features you may want to explore. To find them, click “start” and “help and support.” Then type ”Accessibility.” You’ll learn how to turn on the magnifier, change the font size, or, in Windows 7 and Vista, hear the text read to you.

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