Cool Accessibility Tools in Windows 7

closeup of a woman's eyeWe’re releasing some new color themes for Litmos accounts this week and so I was putting together a high contrast version for partially sighted people. After spending some time working out the right combination of colors needed I stumbled across a very simple way to do it which does not involve me creating a new theme at all.

In Windows 7 you can switch your whole display to high contrast mode and every website is transformed to give you the right view – how cool is that?!

This is how you do it:

  1. Go to your ‘Control Panel’
  2. Then click on ‘Appearance and Personalization’
  3.  Under the ‘Ease of Access Center’ select ‘Turn High Contrast On or Off’
  4. Scroll down the display choices and you’ll find are a number of high contrast options for your screen. Pick one and your screen will automatically adjust.

Also in the ‘Ease of Access Center’ are features for low vision like a magnifier, screen narrator, text or visual alternatives for sounds, onscreen keyboard and other shortcuts to make life a little easier. It’s cool to check out even if you have 20/20 vision as it gives you an idea of what it’s like to look at your website or app through someone else’s eyes.