Make your PC easier to use

Applies to: Windows 8.1

There's more than one way to set up a PC to make it more accessible, depending on your needs. Everybody works differently, and there are lots of settings you can change so you can use your PC the way you want.

The most commonly used accessibility options are available in PC settings. To get to them, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings (or if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Settings), tap or click Change PC settings, and then tap or click Ease of Access.



Make it easier to see what's on the screen


To make your screen easier to see, you can change some common settings under Ease of Access.

  • Magnifier. This is a tool that enlarges part—or all—of your screen so you can see the words and images better.
  • High contrast. If it’s hard to read text on your screen because you need more color contrast, you can turn on high contrast.
  • Other options. Here you can turn off animations in Windows, adjust cursor thickness, and make other selections to customize your visual experience.

You can also change the size of apps, text, and other items on the screen:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  2. Tap or click PC and devices and then tap or click Display.
  3. Under Change the size of apps, text, and other items on the screen (only applies to displays that can support it, make your selection.

You can also change the Start screen tile size:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
  2. Tap or click Tiles and then move the slider under Show more tiles.

For more info about other assistive technologies, go to the Microsoft Accessibility website.