Getting to Know the Ease of Access Center

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated October 8, 2018)

The Ease of Access settings enable you to make modifications to your system so that it's a bit easier to navigate. The only problem is that it's not so easy to determine which Ease of Access interface you want to use. You can modify settings in the Control Panel, and you can modify settings via Settings.

Control Panel

To go through the Control Panel, press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Control", then press Enter. Now click the "Ease of Access" link. You'll see the following window: (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Ease of Access window.

Now click the Ease of Access Center link. Windows displays the Ease of Access Center window. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Control Panel's Ease of Access Center.

As you can see, this view allows you access to the Magnifier, the Narrator, and the On-Screen Keyboard. You can also set up High Contrast. What's interesting is that if you have "Always Scan this Section" checked, each of the four options will be selected after a few seconds, and you can enable the tool by just pressing the Spacebar when the tool is selected.

Other settings available from this view include display settings, alternate input devices, mouse settings, keyboard settings, alternatives for sounds, settings for reading and typing, and settings for touch and tablets.


The other way to modify settings related to Ease of Access is through the Settings interface. To get there, press the Windows key, type "Settings" (without the quotes) and press Enter. The following window appears: (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Getting to Ease of Access vial Settings.

When you click the Ease of Access category, you are presented with the following window: (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4. Settings' Ease of Access Center.

On the left side you can see that the various settings are grouped according to Vision, Hearing, and Interaction. The settings in each grouping are as follows. Vision: display, cursor and pointer size, magnifier, color filters, high contrast, narrator; Hearing: audio, closed captions; Interaction: speech, keyboard, mouse, eye control.

 This tip (13568) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...


Using the Contact Support App

Windows 10 has a built-in Contact Support app that you can use to look up possible answers to issues you're having and ...

Discover More

Reviewing the Windows Update History

Windows installs updates automatically by default. If you want to review what updates have been installed, seeing the ...

Discover More

Setting a Restore Point

Restore Points let you go "back in time" to a point before you made system changes that could prove harmful to your ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Adjusting Hearing Settings in the Ease of Access Center

If you have hearing difficulties that affect your ability to use your computer, Windows 10's Ease of Access Center can ...

Discover More

Keeping Track Of Your Timeline

Sometimes you need to go back and revisit an activity you were doing from a couple of days ago. With the new Timeline ...

Discover More

Applying Color Filters

Windows 10 Ease of Access settings offer a wide range of settings that are aimed at helping users of all types use their ...

Discover More

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips