New Ease of Access Settings in Windows 10 v1803

Ease of Access Settings in Windows 10 allows users who face some physical challenges, to tweak the operating system so as to make it easy for them to use. The setting makes it simple to use their PC without a display, adjust settings and configure different options. Windows 10 v1803 Spring Creators Update gets more Ease of Access settings to the table. Let us take a look at them.

Ease of Access Setting improvements in Windows 10 v1803

Ease of Access Settings in Windows 10 v1803

We can categorize the improvements made in the setting via three easily recognizable attributes. These include-

Easier to find

Customers can now easily find the settings they frequently access by simply asking Cortana to find a setting and activate it. Some of the new settings for Ease of Access include the following:

  1. The ability to zoom or magnify (make everything bigger)
  2. Make things appear much brighter on a new Display page in the Vision group
  3. A dedicated audio page in the Hearing group
  4. Speech and eye controller page in the Interaction group

Easy to Learn

For customers who are primarily dependent on the keyboard and strongly rely on it to get their work done, Ease of Access settings has introduced common keyboard shortcuts that are in line with the controls with which they work.

Apart from keyboard shortcuts, some pages, like the Color Filters page in the Vision group too, have been redesigned to aid quicker identification of settings that works best for you. Individuals who have a partial visual disability (color blindness) can’t differentiate between few colors, Red-Green color specifically. The “Color filters” in Windows 10 has been designed to help such people.

Ease of Use

Finally, customers who rely on Narrator can navigate the Settings app using Landmarks and Headings. While Heading navigation was previously limited to the web, it is now available in few of the supported applications. Also, some new controls have been added. For example,

  1. Ability to turn off hidden scrollbars in Windows on the Display page automatically
  2. Option to select the audio output channel in Narrator.

In addition to above, there have been improvements made to

Narrator – for focus handling,  synchronizing system.

Changes to the Edge browser –   Narrator will now use speech to announce the loading of a page by uttering words like “Loading page”, “Still Loading” if the page is taking more time than usual to load and  “Loading complete” when the process has just finished. Few keyboard shortcuts have also been added to UI tooltips so as to enable the screen reader to learn how to quickly invoke different features.

Audio improvements – Narrator users can now specify text formatting like bold, italics, underline or all caps without adding verbosity.  Support for new languages like Urdu, Farsi, Ukrainian, and Telugu will also be added.

Braille improvements – Braille devices will be displayed on the logon screen after powering on a device. Moreover, it will be a lot easier to re-configure the braille display when switching between Narrator and other screen readers.

While Eye control is still in preview stage or early stages of development, Microsoft has announced upcoming improvements to the built-in eye control experience. These include,

  • Support for easier navigation with the addition of scrolling and direct left and right click capabilities
  • Shortening the time required to retrieve common tasks and enabling quick access to Windows Start, Timeline, Settings, and device calibration
  • Flexibility to pause eye control

Microsoft welcomes suggestions from users to help improve the experience. For more information, visit windows.com.

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