Windows XP and the Visually Impaired

Microsoft Windows XP has several features built into the operating system to assist people that are visually impaired.  In addition to these accessibility features, Windows XP supports a variety of hardware that can make your computing experience easier if you are visually impaired.  This article outlines how to enable Microsoft’s accessibility options to assist the visually impaired.

Accessibility options for the visually impaired can be enabled through the Microsoft Accessibility Wizard.  These options include modifying the border sizes for the scrollbar and windows, the size of the desktop icons, high contrast desktop schemes, size and color of the mouse pointer, and the size cursor as well as the blink rate.

The step by step instructions to enable the accessibility options for the visually impaired are shown below.

On the Start menu:

  • Point to All Programs;
  • Point to Accessories;
  • Point to Accessibility; and
  • Select Accessibility Wizard.

In the Welcome to the Accessibility Wizard dialog box:

  • Select Next.

In the Text Size dialog box:

  • Select the smallest text you can read.
  • Select Next.

In the Display Settings dialog box:

  • Ensure that the Change the font size check box is selected.
  • If it is not, select its check box.
  • If you want to use Microsoft Magnifier, select the Use Microsoft Magnifier check box.
  • Select Next.

In the Set Wizard Options dialog box:

  • Select the I am blind or have difficulty seeing things on screen check box.
  • Select Next to continue through the wizard.

In the Completing the Accessibility Wizard dialog box:

  • Select Finish to save your changes and exit the wizard.

Note  To cancel your changes, select Cancel, and then select No.

To move back to change earlier screens, select the Back button.