Windows 2000 includes several features to help users who have certain physical requirements more easily access and use their PCs. These accessibility features are installed by default and are available through the Accessories/Accessibility menu on the Start menu. These tools include the following:
- Accessibility Wizard: Configures the system's fonts for window titles, menus, and other features; disables personalized menus; and enables or disables other features for the mouse, keyboard, and display.
- Magnifier: Uses a portion of the desktop to display a magnified view of the area under the cursor. You can set magnification level and other properties.
- Narrator: Converts text to speech. The Narrator can announce on-screen events, and read typed characters, menu commands, dialog box options, and so on.
- On-Screen Keyboard: Acts as a keyboard in place of the physical keyboard attached to the computer.
- Utility Manager: Controls the Magnifier, Narrator, and On-Screen Keyboard tools. You can start and stop each tool and configure them for automatic startup.
The accessibility features included with Windows can significantly improve usability by themselves, but they're even more useful when used in conjunction with alternative input devices and other accessibility hardware designed to address specific user interface needs.
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