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This article describes how to save and use the Accessibility Wizard settings (.acw) file. You can use this file to quickly apply multiple accessibility features to a computer running one of the operating systems listed earlier in this article.
The Accessibility Wizard provides an interface for configuring multiple accessibility features for the preceding operating systems, and these settings can be saved in the .acw format. If you double-click this .acw file on a computer with the same operating system installed, it will configure the computer to have your selected accessibility settings. This feature is useful for users who may be visually impaired to save the time of configuring the computer with the wizard each time the user changes computers and uses a shared computer.
After double-clicking the file to make the desired changes, you must then click OK or press ENTER for the settings to take effect. Note that in a shared computer environment, it would be desirable to create the .acw file with the setting to restore system defaults after X number of minutes, where X is a number.
An .acw file can be created that contains the default settings for a computer so another user may restore them by double-clicking that file, instead of waiting for the computer to reset itself with the default settings. For more information about accessibility, please see the following Microsoft Web site: