Eye control lets you use eye tracking technology to control your mouse pointer, type using an on-screen keyboard, and communicate with people using text-to-speech.
To turn on eye control, connect a supported eye tracking device to your PC and set it up. Then select Start > Settings > Ease of Access > Eye control (preview) and select Turn on eye control.
Use the launchpad
When you turn on eye control, the launchpad appears on the screen.
To select a button on the launchpad, rest—or dwell—your eyes on it until it activates. Dwelling is the act of fixing your eyes on part of the screen, and keeping your eyes there for a specific amount of time. The amount of time is called dwell time.
Launchpad buttons let you:
- Move the launchpad to the top or bottom of the screen.
- Control the mouse cursor, including buttons to select the left and right mouse buttons.
- Control the mouse scroll wheel to move through a webpage or app.
- Type using the eye control keyboard.
- Use eye control text-to-speech (TTS) to type words on the screen and have them read aloud.
- Quickly access Start, Task view, eye tracker device calibration, and eye control settings.
- Pause eye control if you're doing something like watching a movie and don't want your eye movements to accidentally select buttons on the launchpad.
Control the mouse
To control the mouse with precision, dwell on the Precise mouse button on the launchpad. Then position your eyes on the screen where you want the cursor to be placed. You can then fine-tune the position and select the action you want to take (left-click, double left-click, right-click, or close).
You can also control the mouse more directly by dwelling on the Left click or Right click buttons on the launchpad and then positioning your eyes on the screen where you want the mouse action to occur.
To cancel a mouse interaction after selecting it, look off-screen to return to the launchpad.
Scroll through webpages and apps
To scroll through webpages and apps, dwell on the Scroll button on the launchpad. Then position your eyes on the screen where you want the cursor to be placed. You can then dwell on the up, down, left, or right buttons to scroll in that direction. The longer you dwell on any of these buttons, the more quickly you’ll scroll.
To cancel a scroll interaction after selecting it, look off-screen to return to the launchpad.
Some apps, like Windows Maps, will zoom in and out when you use the Scroll button.
Type using the eye control keyboard
To open and type on the keyboard, dwell on the keyboard button on the launchpad, then dwell on the characters you want to type.
As you dwell on each letter, text suggestions appear at the top of the keyboard. Dwell on a word to select it.
To type numbers and symbols, select the &123 key. To type other keys, select the Fn key.
Eye control only supports US English keyboard layout.
Use shape writing
Type words faster with shape writing. Shape writing lets you form words by dwelling on the first and last letter of a word and glancing at letters in between. A hint of the word will appear on the last letter. If the prediction isn’t right, you can select another prediction.
To turn on shape writing, dwell on the Eye control settings button on the launchpad. Then dwell at the Shape writing toggle to turn it on. When shape writing is turned on, you can toggle it on and off with the shape writing button on the keyboard.
Change eye control settings
Eye control has different settings to help suit your needs. To change them, dwell on Eye control settings on the launchpad. You can change the following settings:
- Typing dwell time. Set the dwell time for letters, numbers, and symbols.
- General dwell time. Set the dwell time for function keys, word predictions, and mouse cursor controls.
- Shape writing. Turn shape writing on and off.
- Gaze cursor. Turn on a cursor that shows where your eyes are pointing when dwelling on eye control features like the launchpad.
Have your words read aloud with eye control text-to-speech
Communicate with friends and family using text-to-speech. To use it, dwell on the Text-to-speech button on the launchpad. Then use the keyboard to type sentences and select the Play button to have them read out loud.
At the top of the screen are quick phrases that will be spoken immediately when you select them. To change quick phrases, dwell on the Edit button to the left of the quick phrases.
To change the voice that Windows uses to read text aloud, select Start > Settings > Time & language > Speech and choose a voice from the menu under Text-to-speech.
Eye control supports the following eye tracking devices:
- Tobii Eye Tracker 4C
- Tobii EyeX
- Tobii Dynavox PCEye Plus
- Tobii Dynavox EyeMobile Mini
- Tobii Dynavox EyeMobile Plus
- Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini
- Tobii Dynavox PCEye Explore
- Tobii Dynavox I-Series+
- Selected laptops and monitors that include eye tracking integrations
- TM5 Mini
What versions of Windows work with eye control?
Eye control is available in Windows 10, beginning with the Fall Creators Update (Version 1709). It works on all Windows 10 PCs, including tablets. Eye control isn’t supported in Windows 10 S. Get more info about using Windows 10 S with assistive technology.
Which languages does eye control support?
Eye control is available in all markets. However, the eye control keyboard only supports the US English keyboard layout. Additionally, some of the text in eye control settings is available in English only.
Does Microsoft collect eye tracking data?
Microsoft doesn’t collect, store, or share eye tracking information.
Does eye control work if I wear glasses, or have my PC next to a window?
Depending on your eye tracking device, eye control may not work well in locations with a lot of sunlight. Additionally, eye tracking works differently depending on eye color, eye size, or eye shape. Other factors can also affect eye tracking accuracy.
To better understand the limitations of your eye tracking device, review the documentation that came with your device.
For additional assistance with Windows eye control, contact the Disability Answer Desk.