In general when using a PC there are various ways users can control their computer's work environment.
Operating Systems have many features and settings (Display, Keyboard, Mouse & Sound) that assist people with disabilities. These can be accessed through the Control Panel. There are also features such as the Screen Magnifier, Speech Narrator and On-Screen Keyboard specifically designed to help those with disabilities.
Most monitors can be adjusted to improve contrast and colour – often there is a simple series of buttons on the front or side of the monitor to help you do this.
Some users may find it difficult working with the mouse; the settings of the mouse can be changed such as speed, cursor size and mouse trails. There are often keyboard alternatives for many mouse actions that can help users who have difficulty working with the mouse (such as page up/down to scroll pages).
Some Operating Systems provide various keyboard features such as:
‘On-Screen Keyboard’ – this feature allows users to access keyboard functionality using an on-screen display and a mouse, helpful for people who have difficulty using a keyboard.
'Sticky' keys - this feature allows you to set a modifier key such as SHIFT, ALT or CTRL to stay on until another key is pressed. This helps people who cannot press two keys simultaneously.
'Filter' or 'slow' keys - this feature instructs the keyboard to ignore keys repeatedly pressed or keys touched momentarily. The rate at which the keyboard repeats a pressed key can also be modified from a control panel.
'Toggle' keys - this feature can be set to that the system plays a high sound when any of the LOCK keys are pressed and a low sound when deactivated.
Some Browsers allow you to change the way web sites are viewed. It is possible to change the fonts, font size, colours and accessibility settings.
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