Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility

Windows 10

Accessibility shortcuts can help you use your PC with a keyboard or assistive device.

The following is a list of keyboard shortcuts for assistive technologies in Windows 10, including Magnifier, High Contrast, and others.

To see a list of keyboard shortcuts and touch gestures for Narrator in Windows 10, see Narrator keyboard commands and touch gestures.

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key  + plus (+) or minus (-)Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Alt + SpacebarPreview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + DSwitch to docked mode
Ctrl + Alt + FSwitch to full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + IInvert colors
Ctrl + Alt + LSwitch to lens mode
Ctrl + Alt + RResize the lens
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keysPan in the direction of the arrow keys
Windows logo key  + EscExit Magnifier

Additional accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Press this key To do this
Right Shift for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + left Shift + Print ScreenTurn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + left Shift + Num LockTurn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five timesTurn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key + UOpen the Ease of Access Center

Additional keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8.1


Keyboard shortcuts to help control Windows 8.1 with the keyboard.

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your PC easier to use.

Press this keyTo do this
Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen
Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock
Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times
Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds
Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key  + U
Open the Ease of Access Center


Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Magnifier.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key  + plus (+) or minus (-)
Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar
Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + D
Switch to docked mode
Ctrl + Alt + F
Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + I
Invert colors
Ctrl + Alt + L
Switch to lens mode
Ctrl + Alt + R
Resize the lens
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Windows logo key  + Esc
Exit Magnifier


Narrator keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Narrator.

Press this keyTo do this
Spacebar or Enter
Activate current item
Tab and arrow keys
Move around on the screen
Ctrl
Stop reading
Caps Lock + D
Read item
Caps Lock + M
Start reading
Caps Lock + H
Read document
Caps Lock + V
Repeat phrase
Caps Lock + W
Read window
Caps Lock + Page Up or Page Down
Increase or decrease the volume of the voice
Caps Lock + plus (+) or minus (-)
Increase or decrease the speed of the voice
Caps Lock + Spacebar
Do default action
Caps Lock + Left or Right arrows
Move to previous/next item
Caps Lock + F2
Show commands for current item
Press Caps Lock twice in quick succession
Turn Caps Lock on or off
Caps + EscExit Narrator


Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Narrator on a four-point tablet.

Press this keyTo do this
Tap once with two fingers
Stop Narrator from reading
Tap three times with four fingers
Show all Narrator commands (including the ones not in this list)
Double-tap
Activate primary action
Triple-tap
Activate secondary action
Touch or drag a single finger
Read what’s under your fingers
Flick left/right with one finger
Move to next or previous item
Swipe left/right/up/down with two fingers
Scroll
Swipe down with three fingers
Start reading on explorable text


Additional keyboard shortcuts



Windows 7


Keyboard shortcuts to help control Windows 7 with the keyboard.

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your PC easier to use.

Press this keyTo do this
Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen
Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock
Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times
Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds
Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key
Picture of the Windows logo key
+ U
Open the Ease of Access Center


Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Magnifier.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key
Picture of the Windows logo key
+ plus (+) or minus (-)
Zoom in or out
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar
Preview the desktop in full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + D
Switch to docked mode
Ctrl + Alt + F
Switch to full-screen mode
Ctrl + Alt + I
Invert colors
Ctrl + Alt + L
Switch to lens mode
Ctrl + Alt + R
Resize the lens
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys
Windows logo key
Picture of the Windows logo key
+ Esc
Exit Magnifier


Create keyboard shortcuts to open programs

You can create keyboard shortcuts to open programs. Before you get started, you need to create a shortcut for the program to which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut. To do this, open the folder that contains the program's executable file, right-click it, and then click Create Shortcut.

For more information about creating shortcuts to programs, see Create or delete a shortcut.

  1. Locate the shortcut to the program that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for.
  2. Right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Shortcut Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab.
  4. Click in the Shortcut key box, press the key on your keyboard that you want to use in combination with Ctrl + Alt (keyboard shortcuts automatically start with Ctrl + Alt), and then click OK.
    Administrator permission required
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    If you're using a program that also has a keyboard shortcut using the same key combination as the shortcut you just created, then your shortcut might not work.


Additional keyboard shortcuts

Properties

Article ID: 13810 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 67

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