Aging Computer Users
By the time people reach their fifties, two-thirds have vision, hearing, or dexterity impairments that will impact their use of the computer. There are easy ways to adjust the computer without downloading or purchasing anything.
- If there is trouble seeing the screen, explore ways to increase text and icons, change colors, and add contrast to what
- is seen on the computer screen.
- If there is trouble seeing things on the Web, many options are available in Internet Explorer 7 to make the Internet
- easier to see and explore. Try zooming in on a Web page to magnify text, images, and controls. Also, try changing text,
- color, font, and other options to make Web pages easier to see and read.
- If there is difficulty hearing videos or other computer sounds, try cranking up the volume. Also, using headphones can
- help block out background noise.
- If there is trouble hearing email alerts, try using text or visual alternatives for sounds and consider adjusting
- computer system sounds to tones that are easier to hear.
- If experiencing typing errors due to a mild tremor or stiff fingers, try Filter Keys to ignore brief or repeated
- If there is difficulty pressing multiple keys at once, try Sticky Keys.
- If there is trouble locating the mouse cursor, adjust the mouse cursor size, appearance, and pointer options.
- If there is trouble controlling the mouse, the way the mouse scrolls and how the buttons work, including the double-click
- speed, can be changed.
- Try using ClickLock if you don't want to hold the mouse button down while you drag items with the mouse.