Introduction to the Ease of Access Center

The 'Ease of Access Center' has replaced 'Accessibility Options' (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the 'Control Panel' of Windows Vista. The Ease of Access Center is the central location in Vista for finding the tools to help you adapt your settings and make changes quickly to improve accessibility.

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Introduction to the Ease of Access Center

Navigating the Ease of Access Center

Step 1: Open the 'Ease of Access Center' window

To open the 'Ease of Access Center' window, press the Windows key + U, or click the 'Start' button, followed by 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'.

In Vista you can also access the 'Ease of Access Center' at the login prompt.

Step 2: Explore the options

'Quick access to common tools' (Fig 1), lets you quickly start and run the Magnifier, Narrator and On-screen Keyboard and switch on High Contrast, until you log out.

Fig 1Detail from 'Make the computer easier to see' window

The Ease of Access Centre can also present you with a series of personalised recommendations (based on a questionnaire) of tools and changes to settings that might help you improve accessibility. Select 'Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use' (Fig 2) to start the wizard.

Fig 2'DPI Scaling' window

'Explore all settings' (Fig 3) allows you to configure and turn on the different accessibility tools so that they start automatically when you log in.

Fig 3'DPI Scaling' window

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