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Windows XP: Modifying your computer without adding devices

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  1. Windows XP: Modifying your computer without adding devices Presented by: Diane Penn Matthew Press Assistive Technology Educational Network September 26, 2003

  2. GOALS FOR TODAY Participants will: • Independently find the accessibility wizard. • Add a second user to the Windows XP platform. • Make simple adjustment to the mouse functions, keyboard functions, and appearance of the computer. • Become familiar with on-screen keyboard and screen magnifier that come with Windows XP.

  3. AGENDA • Windows XP Operating System • Demonstrations/Tutorials • Discussion • Questions/Paperwork • Evaluation

  4. Overview of Accommodation The process of changing the way information is taught, without compromising the integrity of the content. This allows a student with a disability equal access to the same curriculum as his or her peers.

  5. Microsoft Windows There are built-in accessibility features in Microsoft products that you can adjust to meet your needs and preferences. Step-by-step tutorials and guides by disability are available on these Microsoft websites:

  6. Macintosh There are built-in accessibility features in the Macintosh operating system. Information is available at the Macintosh website:

  7. Organizational Enhancements • Multiple User Files Windows allow you to have multiple “users” with customized setups for each user, stored on the computer. Each student can have their own • Start up You can customize specific programs to be open and running when you start the computer

  8. Accessibility Wizard A guide through making changes to the appearance and functioning of the computer for hearing, vision, and mobility needs.

  9. Accessibility Features to Consider Accommodations • Keyboard Changes • Mouse Changes • Display Changes Software Enhancements • On-screen keyboard • Magnifier

  10. Keyboard Changes • Sticky Keys • Allows a user to execute two handed key presses with one hand • Filter Keys • Helps prevents unintended keystrokes • Toggle Keys • Gives the user auditory feedback when specific keys are pressed

  11. Mouse Changes • Buttons Allows you to adjust the double click speed or switch the left and right click functions • MouseKeys Allows a user to control the mouse using the numeric keypad • Pointers • Pointer Options These two categories allow you to change the visual appearance and movement features of the mouse arrow

  12. Display Changes • Icons This allows you to change the size and layout of the icons on the desktop. • Font Size This allows you to change the size of the font on the desktop. • Contrasting Colors Changing the colors of the active windows and background can allow a user better visibility of the contents of the page.

  13. Software Enhancements • On-screen keyboard This allows the user to enter data using the mouse to click on a virtual keyboard that is viewed on the monitor. • Magnifier This splits the screen into two sections, allowing one section to view enlarged content, up to 9 times the normal size.


  15. Websites