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Windows 7

Adjusting your screen within Windows 7

Colour Schemes

Place your cursor on a blank area of your computer desktop and click the right mouse button. A menu list will appear. Click on ‘Personalize’ and a box will appear.

If you scroll down the ‘My Themes’ you will come to ‘Basic and High Contrast Themes’ which are useful styles settings for those with a visual impairment.

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If you then click on the icon ‘Window Color’ and then on the Advanced appearance settings at the bottom of the screen.

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In the following box if you click on the ‘Item’ drop down bar you are then able to choose a colour scheme for each by clicking on the ‘Color 1’option and then the ‘Other’ button you can then select either from the ‘Basic Colors’ colour palette or you can create your own custom colour using the colour area to the right of it and saving it into the ‘Add custom colors’ box then click ok and apply. Do this with each area you need to change. For example, ‘Window’ or ‘Application Background’. *Apply each one separately to know that they are changing as you want them.


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Ease of Access Center – Accessibility Tools

Go to the ‘Personalization’ settings (Figure 1) and click on Ease of Access Center’

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Here you have a range of tools to use including, ‘Magnifier’, the screen reader ‘Narrator’, ‘On Screen Keyboard’ and ‘Adjust settings for keyboard’. All these different tools will enable the user with a disability an easier way to work with their PC. All settings changed and saved will be there each time you log on after.