Training your computer
Part of Janet Elizabeth's computer help
Accessibility is not just for older people or disabled people - everyone can benefit from a screen that is easier to read, a computer keyboard that is easier to type with and a mouse or touchpad that is easier to handle.
Want to make this text a bit bigger?
You can make this text bigger using ctrl plus (cmd-plus on a Mac). Using ctrl-plus means ...
While holding down the ctrl key ...
... briefly press the plus (+) key.
Try ctrl-plus now and watch what happens.
Try ctrl-plus a second time.
You can make the text smaller again using ctrl minus (hold down ctrl and press the minus or hyphen key).
This helpful technique should work for all web sites.
A note about the links on JE's web pages
Images, icons or pictures on these pages, will open the new web page in a new window.
Text links (blue clickies) will open the new web page in the same window as the old one.
What is your computer's Operating System?
Each time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, they like to make it look and behave somewhat differently from earlier versions. Before you can find help appropriate to your own computer, you must be aware of which version your computer is running -
* Windows 8 .. may have a plain Windows start button in
blue , bottom left,
or if the default Start Screen has been kept it will display a start screen full of "tiles", making it look rather like a smartphone ...
* Windows 7 .. has a colourful, blurry Windows start button
, bottom left
* Vista .. has a colourful, circled Windows symbol
, bottom left
* Windows XP .. has "start" written on a green rectangle
, bottom left
* Apple OS X (O S ten) .. has an apple silhouette
, top left, just before the menus
Excellent accessibility help from AbilityNet - My Computer My Way
I recommend the help created in a project by AbilityNet called My Computer My Way. Get on-screen help with Seeing the screen, Hearing sound, Keyboard and Mouse or Reading and Spelling. My favourites are:
AbilityNet's Factsheets are laid out in pages suitable for printing so you can print them for future reference or to read at leisure. Subjects include keyboard shortcuts, an overview of voice recognition and Vision impairment and computing.
Microsoft's Accessibility Tutorials and Videos
You can try the guides published by Microsoft. Don't forget when you see a lot of information on one page, you can print the page and study it at leisure. Try:
Windows 8.1 help on making your PC easier to use
Windows 7 accessibility tutorials
Windows Vista accessibility tutorial
Demos (videos) of accessibility in Windows Vista
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 accessibility tutorials
Accessibility in Internet Explorer 7.
Other useful pages from Janet Elizabeth
See my introductory page, Janet Elizabeth's Computer help, my advice on how to use a computer without developing painful conditions like RSI, how to be safe from criminals and fraudsters as well as from malicious software.
For information about me, click on the grey link to read about Janet Elizabeth's computing activities
or visit Janet Elizabeth's home page