Eye control lets you use eye tracking technology to control the mouse, 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 > Other options and turn on Control your PC and type with an eye tracking device.
- Eye control is currently in beta, and your feedback can help make it better. Use the Windows 10 Feedback Hub app to provide feedback. For help with eye control, contact the Disability Answer Desk.
- Eye control isn’t supported in Windows 10 S. Get more info about using Windows 10 S with assistive technology.
Use the launchpad
When you turn on eye control, the launchpad appears on the screen.
The launchpad has four buttons. These buttons let you:
- Control the eye control mouse cursor to click and open things on your PC.
- Type using the eye control keyboard.
- Use eye control text-to-speech (TTS) to type words on the screen and have them read aloud.
- Move the launchpad to the top or bottom of the screen.
To select one of these buttons, 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.
Control the mouse
To control the mouse, dwell on the eye control 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 cancel).
Type using the eye control keyboard
To open 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, word predictions 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, select another prediction.
To turn on shape writing, open keyboard settings on the on-screen keyboard. Select the Fn key on the keyboard. Then select the Settings key and turn on Shape writing. 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, select the Fn key on the eye control keyboard and then select the Settings key. 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 on the screen.
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.
Which eye tracking devices are supported?
Eye control supports the following eye tracking devices:
- Tobii Eye Tracker 4C
- Tobii EyeX
What versions of Windows work with eye control?
Eye control is available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Version 1709). See what version of Windows you’re running. 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?
No, Microsoft doesn’t collect 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.