Hints, tips and advice.
Looking for some useful tips to make your computer more accessible?
We have some great tips for you; from increasing font sizes to navigating around Windows without a mouse...look no further!
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Navigate around Windows without a mouse
It is possible to activate Windows Explorer by holding down the Window key and the ‘E’ key. Use the arrow and keys to move up and down between files. Press the Tab key to move between the right and left hand panes.
To select a folder or file simply press the Enter or Return key. To close the file hold the keys Alt + F4.
Don't forget that you can control your computer by using one hand or finger by activating StickyKeys in Accessible Options. To activate StickyKeys press the Shift key 5 times in quick succession.
Expand drop down menus in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Beginners to MS Word and Excel sometimes find the drop down menu bars confusing, particularly when they do not reveal all the relevant sub menus, for example in the File menu, the Print, Page Setup, Close and Exit menus are hidden.
Increasingly drop down menus are set at default to only show some of the sub menus. Users need to click the down facing double arrows at the bottom of the menus. However it is possible to enable Word and Excel to show all the commands in the sub menus.
To do this go to Tools, Customise, select the Options tab and select the 'Always show full menus' checkbox.
See your fonts
By following the same steps for the Expanding menus (above) it is also possible to show font types, e.g., the shape and style of the font, in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
To activate this feature select Tools, Customise, select the Options tab and finally select the 'List font names in their font' checkbox.
Short-cut to shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are an excellent way of becoming more efficient when using your PC (and a great way to learn screen reading software such as JAWS).
MS Word has an extremely useful feature that allows you to see at a glance all the standard keyboard shortcuts.
Open Word and then click on the View menu. Now select Customise (similar to the two examples above). When the dialogue box appears, click on the Options tab and tick the 'Show shortcut keys in Screen Tips' checkbox.
Open Word and then click on the View menu. Now select Customise (similar to the two examples above). When the dialogue box appears, click on the Options tab and tick the ‘Show shortcut keys in Screen Tips’ checkbox.
After you have closed the Customise dialogue box you will find that when you hold the pointer (or tab) over any of the toolbar buttons, the keyboard shortcut will be clearly displayed.
The F4 key is a great keyboard shortcut if you need to repeat words, sentences or commands when working on documents in Word.
Simply, type in a phrase, press the F4 key and the action will repeat as many times as you want.
The F4 key can be used to do the same tasks when using tables and formatting, borders and shading and so on.