This guide shows you how to access and utilise each of Windows 10 accessibility functions on library PCs.

You can print or download this Accessibility helpsheet [564 KB].

Windows 10 has a number of Accessibility options: Magnifier, Narrator, On Screen Keyboard and High Contrast.

Once the library PC has logged in, and the display tiles have all loaded, look to the top left of the blue part of the screen where you will see the Accessibility icon. Double click on it to load.

On the next screen double click on Ease of Access Center to view the Accessibility Tools menu: Start Magnifier, Start On-Screen Keyboard, Start Narrator or Set up High Contrast.

Screenshot of magnifier function


This tool magnifies from the standard 100% to 400% of screen size. When you select this option a magnifying glass icon will appear on screen.
Screenshot of magnifying glass

This tool increases the screen image to the point where it is, in effect, too big for the screen so you will need to use the mouse carefully to navigate. Move the cursor up and away from you to see the top of the screen, down and towards you for the foot of the screen. For left or right of the screen move the mouse left or right.

Note that, wherever you are on the screen, the magnifying glass will be visible. To increase or decrease the screen display simply click on it, then adjust by clicking the plus symbol, to increase size, or the minus symbol to reduce it.


Narrator is a text to speech screen reader tool. To access it click the Speech Bubble and Monitor icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. You will need to have headphones to use it in the library. When you plug in headphones a pop-up box will appear on the screen, asking “Which device did you plug in?” Highlight headphones and click OK.

Screenshot of narrator function
Narrator will now create an audio version of everything that appears on screen. Among the options available are: changing the default voice, minimising the window or exiting Narrator.

Screenshot of audio function
When Narrator is running a blue border will be visible around the text being read. To close the tool click Exit.

On Screen keyboard

This tool is for users who prefer to work with an on-screen keyboard rather than a physical one. Select this option from the Ease of Access Center menu. A keyboard will then appear on the screen. To use it you can either use the mouse to select keys or you can touch the actual screen. The keyboard can be moved around the screen by clicking its edges and then dragging. To exit On Screen Keyboard click on the x in the top right hand corner.

Screenshot of onscreen keyboard

High Contrast

High Contrast enables the user to select from several alternative screen displays which use different font colours and backgrounds. To access double click Set up High Contrast from the Accessibility Tools, then click the link circled on the next page to Choose a High Contrast Theme.

Screenshot of contrast options

The next screen invites you to Change the visuals and sounds on your computer. You will first need to maximise the screen display by clicking the box in the top right corner. Now you will be able to see the template options at the foot of the window.

Screenshot of visual themes

Click to choose the template you wish to use. The screen and all the programs that you then run will use the same font and screen background combination. To return to the default template screen, navigate back to the option Windows Default Theme.

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This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2021.

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