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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Upgrading and installing packages through the Cygwin command line?

I'm a blind computer user that uses Cygwin. The installation program isn't very accessible: upgrading, installing, and removing specific packages is quite hard to do since you have to use simulated ...
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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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How to make Google Chrome honor my Windows DPI setting?

Google Chrome doesn't seem to respect my DPI setting in Windows. I run at 150 DPI, but Chrome ignores that, meaning that images and text are teeeeeeny tiny. I hit: Ctrl + + Ctrl + + to zoom in. ...
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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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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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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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Command prompt for visually impaired

A friend and I are in a Computer Forensics class which is part of the MSc in Computer Science offered by the University of the West Indies' St. Augustine Campus. We're doing a mix of theory and ...
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How to force high-dpi scaling?

How can i force an application to be high-dpi scaled? Pretend there is an application, who's developers manifested it as high-dpi aware, when it really isn't. How can i force dpi-scaling? Pretend ...
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Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows)

I sometimes want to read a long PDF file in a computer, but because white background I can read only a few pages until my eyes weep. Is there any software to invert colors of a PDF (PDF converter, ...
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Can you move items on the desktop with the keyboard only?

Is it possible to move icons (files) on the desktop of Windows XP without touching the mouse, using the keyboard only? EDIT: I am specifically interested in an answer that does not involve simply ...
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Mouse anti-tremor solution?

My 73 year old mother is a surprisingly savvy computer user. She uses her computer for research almost daily. As she has gotten older, she has developed a tremor in both hands. This makes using the ...
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How to achieve inverted color in Windows 7 (like Compiz Negative)? [duplicate]

How can I achieve Compiz Negative effect in Windows 7? Screenshot showing what Compiz Negative effect is like Alt+Shift+PrtSc (High Contrast) doesn't cut it. Compiz Negative inverts color on every ...
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Captcha workaround while using a text only broswer

Has anyone developed or found a workaround for getting passed captchas while using a text only webbrowser, such as Links? The only thing that occurred to me would be to download and render the image ...
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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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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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Which browsers support Window's Low Integrity level?

Normally i like running ie, but it's rendering speed at high-dpi is poor. More recently i've switched to Chrome, but it does not support high-dpi displays. i'm interested in trying other browsers, ...
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Configure Windows 7 to show all windows in black and white [duplicate]

I have difficulty viewing different types of colors. Many would call it a color impairment, because when I see to many colors my brain gets overloaded. I would like the following for Windows 7 How ...
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Win-Key + Arrow keyboard shortcuts no longer working

I spent the night tweaking my computer running windows 7. I got a little performance gains but unfortunately, the Win-key keyboard shortcuts no longer work. How do you fix them? What service ...
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How can one-handed work in Emacs be eased?

My right hand is temporarily immobilized and I would like to do some minor work in Emacs, mostly in Org-mode, but also in AUCTeX. Are there ways to ease one-handed work in Emacs, such as some mode or ...
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Lock the mouse cursor to one screen in Linux / Ubuntu

This question has already been asked, but for Windows: http://superuser.com/questions/50726/is-it-possible-to-lock-the-mouse-to-one-screen I am using Ubuntu 10.04 with 2 screens with different ...
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In windows 7, how do I disable “Ease of Access” pop ups on the logon screen as I am typing my password?

So the question is pretty much in the title. Things to note: 'Use On-Screen Keyboard' is un-checked I have disabled Ease of Access by replacing utilman.exe But my problem now is that when I'm ...
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2answers
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Windows 7 menu color

I find the Windows 7 menu quite hard to differentiate. The default background color and highlighted background color are too similar: Can I change this without changing the actual theme? Or do I ...
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How to resize Yahoo Messenger window?

Yahoo Messenger is huge: And that's as short as you can make it, it won't shrink vertically anymore. How can I make it a more reasonable size, e.g.: In fact, if we're making it look better, ...
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Positioning cursor using eye movement

I'm interested in replacing my mouse with a camera and software to automatically place the cursor under point on the screen I'm looking at. Where could I find something like this?
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how to take keyboard tab reverse?

when i use tab to navigate? if i press tab, tab , tab it goes forward but how to do reverse
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Reorder/rearrange tabs using keyboard shortcut

In Firefox, it's possible to rearrange tabs (reordering, moving to a new window, etc.) by drag-and-drop. But drag-and-drop is slow and unwieldy, and is difficult for some people to use. In ...
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How can I use the keyboard to navigate dialog boxes in OS X Lion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: OS X: using the keyboard to select an option in a message window / box? On Snow Leopard 10.6 I used to be able to use tab and space to navigate between buttons and ...
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Increase text size in Ubuntu 10.04 due to having large resolution/monitors

I have 24" dual monitors with 1920x1080 resolution on both of them. Consequently the text appears so small. I use the following text-intensive applications frequently: Web browser (Google Chrome) ...
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1answer
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What music-playing software application would work well for a blind user? [closed]

I have a friend who is blind and enjoys listening to music. But he struggles with Windows Media Player; it's difficult for him to navigate to the song he wants, or control playback. I'd like to find ...
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arrow keys stop working to scroll pages

Sometimes, the arrow keys stop working to scroll pages. Sometimes, in Firefox -> Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Accessibility -> General, the first checkbox, about using arrow keys to scroll pages, ...
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Good Speech Recognition Programs for disabled people [closed]

I am trying to help my friend, who is severely disabled due to autism. I have found out that speech recognition is a good interface for disabled people to interact with the computer. One good software ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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1answer
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How do I select multiple non-consecutive options from an html multiple select using just the keyboard in chrome?

How do I select multiple non-consecutive options from an html multiple select using just the keyboard in chrome? I am aware of methods in ie and firefox. Here is an example multiple select: ...
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1answer
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What are “Windows Accessibility” options for?

Are they useful? how to make use of them?
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Windows Server 2012 start icon (button)

How can I create a desktop or start bar icon which would should show the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012? I having multiple remote connections in small windows (not full screen) and hovering the ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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How to enforce default text style for incoming mails?

One of my coworkers is handicapped with restricted vision and needs a very high contrast on his workspace. This works well for most applications, but it's not working for outlook-mails send as ...
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left shift “stuck ” on Windows 7

I'm having a hard time with a "stuck" left shift key. my sister complained she is getting symbols instead of numbers using her netbook. after some time I fired up the on screen keyboard ...
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1answer
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Simulating red-green color-blindness (browser extension or other)

I'd like to be able to occasionally set a browser window (or the whole browser, or failing that, all of XP) to simulate being viewed by someone who is color blind. The particular effect I'm interested ...
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3answers
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Is there an email client optimized for screen readers and accessiblity?

I'm currently working on a project to help visually impaired people. We're planning to use Orca screen reader for gnome. Everything is doing great but there is a problem with email web clients the ...
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How to disable the Accessibility feature / on-screen keyboard in Vista?

The pesky on-screen keyboard seems to find a way to make itself visible at my login screen every time I boot up. I've gone into the accessibility options and turned off the on-screen keyboard, but it ...
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How to pause TTS in Mac Safari when not using full VoiceOver mode?

I normally use OS X in visual mode, with just the cursor and fonts a bit bigger. But when reading long web pages I do like the Text-To-Speech feature. You highlight some text and then a hot-key ...
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2answers
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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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What are some screen accessibility options for folks who like to read BIG text

I have a hard time reading fonts on webpages, programs and email. I have dropped the resolution down to bump up the text and noticed an improvement in reading comprehension. I can alt+scroll wheel in ...
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Disable the “auto” onscreen keyboard in Vista/Windows7

I am using a multi-touch HP PC, and I want to disable the on-screen keyboard that pops up when a text input field gets focus. This is the same keyboard as when you touch the left side of the screen. ...
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2answers
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How to open a link with only a keyboard on Google Docs

I wanted to know if anyone have any experience with using Google Docs with only a keyboard? How do I open a link there? The only solution I could find was to use Microsoft's MouseKeys option - but ...
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Where can I find an auto click program for my mouse on Mac OS X?

I have carpal tunnel from typing and clicking my mouse. I have found many programs that auto click the mouse button in windows but none for Mac OS X. Does anyone know where I can find a program like ...
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1answer
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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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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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Outlook Express in Win7

Is it possible to install Outlook Express in Windows 7? Problem is, that my sister is visually impaired and needs to use email client together with AI Squared Zoomtext 9 ReaderMagnifier (aka ZT 9). ...