Accessibility Options

Definition of Accessibility Options in The Network Encyclopedia.

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Accessibility Options (in computer networking)

A utility in Control Panel for most versions of Microsoft Windows that allows you to adjust the behavior of the keyboard, mouse, and display to suit the needs of individuals with impaired eyesight, hearing, or motor skills. Accessibility Options are part of Microsoft’s initiative to provide access to computer technology to all individuals, regardless of their physical impairments.

Settings for Accessibility Options include the following:

  • StickyKeys:
    Makes it possible to use a key combination such as Ctrl+Alt+Delete without pressing more than one key at a time


  • FilterKeys:
    Makes it more difficult to bounce keys by telling the system to ignore brief or repeated keystrokes


  • ToggleKeys:
    Generates sounds when certain toggle keys, such as Caps Lock, are turned on


  • SoundSentry:
    Flashes a specified part of the screen when the system generates sounds


  • ShowSounds:
    Displays icons or text captions to accompany the sounds that programs generate


  • HighContrast:
    Makes reading text easier


  • MouseKeys:
    Controls the pointer using the numeric keypad


  • SerialKey:
    Enables the use of alternative input devices connected to the computer’s serial port instead of the keyboard and mouse


    Graphic Accessibility Options.
Windows 98 and Windows 2000 include an additional wizard called the Accessibility Wizard that allows you to configure accessibility options on your computer. Additional accessibility utilities include Magnifier, Narrator, and On-Screen Keyboard.
Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press are available in alternative formats from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and Microsoft Accessibility and Disabilities Group at the following Web sites.