Make Windows easier to see

Windows 10 includes many features and options for anyone having difficulty seeing the screen. The following settings are just a few of the many ways to customize Windows for better visibility.

Adjust size and color

  • To adjust the size of text, apps, and other items from the display settings, select the Start

    Start symbol
    button, then select Settings > System > Display .

  • To use a high contrast theme, select the Start

    Start symbol
    button, then select Settings > Ease of Access > High contrast .

  • Make your Start menu tiles larger and easier to see. Press and hold (or right-click) the tile you want to resize, select Resize, and then choose the size that you want.

Know where you're pointing

  • Make your mouse more visible by changing the color and size of the mouse pointer. Select the Start

    Start symbol
    button, then select Settings > Ease of Access > Mouse .

  • By adding pointer trails you can see where the mouse is moving on the screen. Select the Start

    Start symbol
    button, then select Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad > Additional mouse options. In the Mouse Properties window, select the Pointer Options tab, and then Display pointer trails.

  • You can also have Windows show visual feedback when you touch the screen. Select the Start

    Start symbol
    button, then select Settings > Ease of Access > Other options , and then select the toggle under Show visual feedback when I touch the screen.

Magnify your screen

Magnifier enlarges part—or all—of your screen so you can see words and images better. It includes a few different settings to help suit your needs.

To open Magnifier quickly, press the Windows logo key

Start symbol
+ Plus (+). While active, use the Windows logo key
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+ Plus (+) or Windows logo key
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+ Minus (-) to zoom the magnified window in or out.

To learn more about Magnifier, see Use Magnifier to see items on the screen.

Use Narrator to read your screen

Narrator is the built-in screen reader that reads text on your screen aloud and describes events, such as notifications or calendar appointments, so you can use your PC with partial or no vision. To start or stop Narrator, press the Windows logo key

Start symbol
+ Enter.

For more information on how to use Narrator, see Hear text read aloud with Narrator.

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Article ID: 27928 - Last Review: Sep 29, 2016 - Revision: 6

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