Windows keyboard shortcuts for accessibility

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 key

To do this

Windows logo key  + Plus sign (+)

Turn Magnifier on

Windows logo key  + Esc

Turn Magnifier off

Windows logo key  + Plus sign (+) or Minus sign (-)

When Magnifier is on, zoom in or out

Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll wheel

Zoom in and out using the mouse scroll wheel

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + M

Open Magnifier settings

Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys

Pan in the direction of the arrow keys

Ctrl + Alt + I

Invert colors

Ctrl + Alt + F

Switch to full screen view

Ctrl + Alt + L

Switch to lens view

Ctrl + Alt + D

Switch to docked view

Ctrl + Alt + M

Cycle through views

Ctrl + Alt + R

Resize the lens with the mouse

Shift + Alt + arrow keys

Resize the lens with the keyboard

Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar

Quickly see the entire desktop when using full screen view

Magnifier reading commands

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key  + Plus sign (+)

Turn Magnifier on

Start, pause, and resume reading

Modifier key + Enter

Stop reading

Any key

Read from mouse pointer

Modifier key + Left Mouse click

Read previous sentence

Modifier key + H

Read next sentence

Modifier key + K

For more info about Magnifier reading, see How to use Magnifier reading

Additional accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Press this key

To 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

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + C

Turn color filters on or off

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + N

Open Narrator settings

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + S

Turn on Windows Speech Recognition

Windows logo key  + Ctrl + O

Turn on the On-Screen Keyboard

Additional keyboard shortcuts

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 key

To 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 key

To 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 key

To 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 + Esc

Exit Narrator

Narrator touch keyboard shortcuts

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

Press this key

To 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

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 key

To 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 key

To 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

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. 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.

Notes: 

  • The word None appears in the Shortcut key box until you press a key; then it's replaced with Ctrl + Alt + the key that you pressed.

  • You can't use the Esc, Enter, Tab, Spacebar, PrtScn, Shift, or Backspace keys to create a keyboard shortcut.

Additional keyboard shortcuts

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