Both MacOS and Windows offer plenty of built-in assistive features so devices work specifically for YOU.
Here are a few options you can implement right now to make your devices more user friendly:
Open your laptop’s system preferences and choose Accessibility or tap your mobile’s Settings icon, then General to open the Accessibility category. Below are just a few of the features you’ll find:
- Display. Configure the display contrast that works best for you. There is also an option to “shake the mouse pointer” to make it easier to locate on the screen. The Display Preferences button allows quick access to your resolution settings.
- Zoom. Set your zoom range and configure keyboard shortcuts to zoom in or out as you need.
- VoiceOver. Provides spoken and brail descriptions of items on the screen. Try it out in the Apple Accessibility Support site’s Open Voiceover Training section to learn the basics.
- Dictation. Edit text and interact with your device using your voice.
- Use your mobile’s camera to magnify objects.
Visit the Apple Accessibility Support site to read about the featured topic or search an accessibility topic. You can also join the accessibility community to hear how others use these features. Apple Support is also available online to offer a suggestion or solution.
Like Apple, Windows offers a variety of assistive features to make your computing life richer. When you open the Windows Accessibility website, just choose your Windows version to find available features. Let’s take a look at a few options from Windows 10:
- Vision. Customize your display with high-contrast themes, text and pointer sizing and the option to turn off animations and backgrounds. Narrator, the Windows built-in screen reader, allows you to interact with apps and control your device without seeing the screen.
- Auditory. Replace audible alerts with visible alerts or customize your closed captions to make them easier to read.
- Physical. Your digital assistant, Cortana, can set reminders, open apps, search or send emails and texts or use speech recognition to dictate your documents.
- Cognitive. The Edge browser’s Edge Reading View option blocks distracting content from web pages so you stay focused.
To configure the Windows 10 assistive settings, open the device’s Settings area. Windows 7 and 8 systems can be accessed through the system’s Control Panel.