Features built into software or a device to allow the greatest number of users to operate them, especially features for people with disabilities. This can also be the extent to which a program or device is accessible.

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Having reading software read cells in excel

I am creating a Excel list template. The people using it are using text reading software - such as ZoomText or NVDI - to read the spreadsheet. How can I have the software read something different then ...
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KDE accessibility applet respawned in my LXDE panel - how to get rid of it?

For some strange reason, whenever I log in to my LXDE desktop, I see the KDE accessibility applet on the panel/taskbar. I can't figure out what's triggering it being run and how I can stop it from ...
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Apache web server not accessible publicly

I have an Apache (2.4.10) web server running on a desktop with Debian (Jessie, 8). The desktop has a static local IP address (192.168.x.x) and my WAN (public) IP address has been fixed as well ...
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Can you change menu background color and font size of the Chrome browser?

I know you can change elements of web pages and some aspects of the outer "chrome" via custom themes, font family settings, etc. What I can't seem to find is any way to change the background of the ...
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How do I decrease the minimum font size in Sublime Text 3

If I use the Ctrl+ and Ctrl- key combinations I can lower my font size down to 8pt, even though if I edit my user preferences I can set this to whatever I like. Problem is once I do that, any use of ...
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Abnormal Shift+Tab Behavior in Mac OS Safari

I designed a web form keeping Accessibility Interface in mind and during the testing phase, one of the tester (who was testing on a Mac Laptop) reported that when he used the Shift+Tab combination, ...
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Automatic conversion of PDF to blind-readable format

I have a friend who's blind, and I have a PDF which I would like to give him to read. The PDF is about 200 pages of beautifully-designed text (with a few pictures and figures containing text, but ...
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How to limit Admin account login?

I would like to set my Windows 7 in such a way that I could only login as an Admin on Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00. How can I do that?
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What is the cleanest way to temporarily disable a keyboard? [duplicate]

I have a strange problem, and it involves my keyboard and a cat. I have a computer in a shared office, and this is my machine. But there’s also a cat in the office, that likes to walk on keyboards. ...
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Folder Options has “-ON” and “-OFF” appended to all options

On one of our user's computers (on Windows 7, Folder Options -> View), I see things like "Don't show hidden, files, folders or drives-ON" (which is selected) "Show hidden files, folders, and ...
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Can I freeze an application's menus for easier selecting?

I have a hard time selecting items from drop-down menus, especially menus with sub-menus. My mouse always goes off the sub-menu. Is there an app or hotkey I can use to freeze, or hold a menu while I ...
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Have Microsoft changed the Magnifier application in Windows 8 or 10?

I do some work with visually impaired and blind people, teaching basic computing skills. I'm interested to know whether Microsoft have made any changes to the Magnifier application that ships with ...
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ignore repeated keystrokes for more than 2 seconds in Windows 7

Windows 7 Pro ease of access center allows you to ignore repeated keystrokes for a maximum of 2.0 seconds. For my purposes, I need repeated keystrokes ignored for upwards of 240 seconds. Is there ...
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How to fix white background of all webpages in all browsers?

For more that 2 years I am facing a screen resolution problem in my laptop computer which uses Win7 x86 (Ultimate). To describe you what exactly happens I will give you some examples. When the pc ...
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ClearType Text Tuner: what exactly do all steps do? [duplicate]

In Windows, when adjusting ClearType text, following the option to turn on/off ClearType & ensuring the monitor is set to native resolution, one is supposed to follow 5 steps. I've already tried ...
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Enabling Classic Long Click Behavior On Windows 8.1 Tablets

I have several programs installed on a new Windows 8.1 tablet, that require a long left-mouse button press to perform certain actions. The problem is, I can't seem to mimic this functionality when ...
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Make Excel 2010 workable under high contrast theme

(started this topic first at answers.microsoft.com, but I have no high hopes it I will get a solution there...) Finally bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1, installed my Office 2010 on it, got all ...
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System-wise large font for Windows modern apps & Start screen

I bought an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet today. The font size for the icons on the Start screen and the Settings, and all modern apps generally, is too small. And there are LOTS of empty margins round the ...
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How to make Shift, Ctrl and Alt toggle like Caps lock

I can't use one hand so it's pretty hard to work with Photoshop and Illustrator. Is there any way how to make Shift, Ctrl and Alt modifiers toggle (like Caps Lock) instead of holding down?
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How to completely disable Subpixel rendering in Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I am - unfortunately - one of the persons, for whom subpixel rendering is a visual burden instead of a help. So I am trying to disable it completely in Windows 8.1, but it still pops up a lot of ...
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Create a Location in Windows where I have full read and write access

As it happens I got a chance to work for a company where every developer gets a Window desktop to work on, without giving the admin rights to run things as Admin. On that I tried installing "Spring ...
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How do I use Windows MouseKeys with Modern apps?

I've enabled mouse keys in my Windows 8 installation, and I've noticed that some modern apps don't properly respond to the mouse events. For instance, the Netflix and Mint apps don't receive the ...
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How to make CTRL+F ignore accents and diacritics when searching on page in Google Chrome?

When I press Ctrl+F in Google Chrome and type for example patnact I want patnáct and patnact to be highlighted on page. Since few week ago this feature has been disabled. Can I enable it again, if so ...
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OS X Yosemite: Make it “really” dark

With the latest release of OS X, 10.10, one is now able to make the menubar, the doc and other smaller components become black - or "dark", as they call it. As a user of the inverse function (an ...
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Make it more obvious to tell which element is in focus when tabbing through elements

In Firefox, there is a dotted border around an element when it has focus. I find this impossible to see sometimes. What, if any, Firefox setting can we use to make focus more obvious. Note that I ...
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How can I play a HTML5 or Flash video with keyboard shortcuts on a system without a mouse?

Original Question The Firefox help pages state: After you click on the media on a web page, to give it focus, you can control the playback with your keyboard. But how can we initially give it ...
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Do POST beep codes also generate a numeric code for a POST test card?

My wife is an American Sign Language interpreter. She is currently interpreting for a student in a computing class. Today they were talking about BIOS and POST beep codes and the student asked the ...
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Keybinding to zoom in/out of flash widget

I'm looking for a keybinding to zoom in/zoom out of flash widgets similar to Ctrl++ and Ctrl+- on webbrowsers default aka increasing font size. I'm aware of the right click option, but from time to ...
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Word 2013: how do I make zoom level sticky?

Word's default display size is almost always too small for me. Because I use Word only at work and most of our documents use a standard template, I can say with a fair degree of certainty what zoom ...
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Color blindness and Windows command prompt

I have a very hard time reading red letters on a black background, a combination that is used frequently by several command line tools that I use on windows. I can remove the colored output by ...
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Is there a way to invert the colors of the images only in Chrome?

I've inverted the colors for everything on my Mac, which makes it much easier to read text. The only downside is the images. It would be nice if there were a way to invert only the pictures in Chrome. ...
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Windows 7: can zoom continuously follow pointer?

Is it possible to make the fullscreen magnifier in Windows 7 follow the mouse continuously, instead of lurching when mouse gets to the edge of the screen?
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Display Green as another color in Windows?

I'm green and red color blind. Is it possibly in Windows 7 to display green as a shade of another color so I can at least somewhat distinguish green and red when they are next to each?
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How do I increase font size in Pidgin's buddy list?

My workplace has me using Pidgin on Windows 7. I am having trouble making it play nicely with my accessibility requirements. Specifically, as a GTK app out of its native habitat it is not following my ...
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Accessibility tools return the error “A referral was returned by the server”

Whenever I try to run the onscreen keyboard (or any other of Windows’ “ease-of-access” utilities), I get the error message A referral was returned by the server, then Windows asks me if I want to ...
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Extra large, high visibility, cursors for windows? [closed]

I'm setting up a computer for my 95 year old mother. Her eyesight's not so good any more and she has a hard time seeing the mouse cursor. I'v got it set to the extra large size that windows has built ...
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Highlight text and have it read back to me in Windows 7? [duplicate]

On my Mac, I can highlight text, hit a keyboard command, and it reads the selected text aloud. Is there an analogue for Windows 7? I've tried enabling Narrator... but it's overkill; it seems to read ...
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Have PDF text read out loud [closed]

I need a program that can read the text in PDF documents out loud, and have basic functionality such as pause/resume, change speed of reading, and it must highlight the word or sentence being red. ...
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OSX accessibility: Allow Skype to control your computer

This question is related to another question: "Google Software Update would like to control this computer..." What? only I'd like to know why Skype would like access to control my computer? ...
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I don't have a monitor; how to play copy-protected content?

Let me preface this with the fact that I am totally blind so do not have a monitor hooked up to my computer. I have a cable card tuner that I would like to use to record and play TV shows. It appears ...
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Mac keyboard shortcut to focus the main HTML document/window in Chrome?

I use the keyboard to navigate webpages, but sometimes the focus will be on some element on the webpage that the keyboard will not respond to mouse down and space bar presses. Is there a global ...
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Can't use tools like window tidy on osx mavericks

I've installed Mac OSX Mavericks. I have Window Tidy installed, but the tool says, that it is blocked by the operating systems. How can I continue using the tool on mavericks?
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One finger scrolling on a Macbook touchpad

After an accident that damaged my hands, I am no longer able to do the two finger scrolling gesture on Macbook touchpad. On Windows I set up so called "scrollzone", it allows me to scroll smoothly by ...
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How can I read just articles (with included images) online?

I would like to read just the contents of an article (text plus images) on a website (any modern news/blog website) spanned over the entire width of my browser window. I have installed browser addons ...
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X window (or whole linux system) replace Caps Lock with ESC *and* Control

on windows there are several key maps applications that replaces Caps lock with ESC on a single 'press and relase' and with a Control signal if hold and another key is pressed. Is there any way to do ...
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“Google Software Update would like to control this computer…” What?

For the first time (that I've seen), some piece of Google's software updater is now asking for permission to control my computer. I couldn't find any other mention of this on the web, so I don't ...
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Can I disable “high contrast” mode in Internet Explorer despite high contrast being enabled in Windows 8?

I'm using a Windows 8 high-contrast theme. The problem is that I use Internet Explorer 10 for testing website design, so I need high-contrast to be turned off in Internet Explorer only. Is there a way ...
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can't access external hard disc files

I have shared some folders on my external hard drive in the office network where I work. After this, when I plug in the external hard drive to my home PC (Windows 7), it gives the message saying: ...
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Get rid of the power and accessibility options on Windows 8 logon screen

I'm using Windows 8 and I find the power button and the accessibility options very annoying. It's a computer that is in a public place surrounded with kids and they keep on changing the accessibility ...
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Customise on-screen keyboard

How would one go about customising the on-screen keyboard on a Microsoft Surface Pro? I've noticed that it doesn't have an alt or Esc key and I can't think of any good reason why those keys, among ...