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Customizing Windows or Windows NT

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There are many ways you can customize Windows or Windows NT to make your computer more accessible.

  • Beginning with Windows 95, accessibility features are built into Windows. These features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, have moderately impaired vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The features can be installed during Setup, or you can add them later from your Windows 95 installation disks. Look up "accessibility" in the Windows Help Index for information about installing and using these features.

  • Many of the features that make Windows 95 more accessible can be added to Windows NT, earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, and MS-DOS through Access Packs. You can download these files by modem, or you can order them on disks from Microsoft.

  • You can also use Control Panel and other built-in features to adjust the appearance and behavior of Windows or Windows NT to suit varying vision and motor abilities. These include adjusting colors and sizes, sound volume, and the behavior of the mouse and keyboard.

  • Dvorak keyboard layouts make the most frequently typed characters on a keyboard more accessible if you have difficulty using the standard "QWERTY" layout. There are three Dvorak layouts: one if you are a two-handed user, one if you type with your left hand only, and one if you type with your right hand only. You do not need to purchase any special equipment to use these features.

The specific features available, and whether they are built in or must be obtained separately, depend on which operating system you are using.

For full documentation on the accessibility features available in the operating system you are using, obtain the appropriate application notes listed below. Accessibility features are also documented in the Microsoft Windows 95 Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows NT Resource Kit.

Which Files to Download or Order

You can obtain these files by downloading them with your modem, or you can order them on disks by phone. Specific information about downloading or ordering these files immediately follows the list below.

These files include:

  • Application notes providing more complete documentation on ways to customize Windows and Windows NT.

  • Access Packs and Dvorak keyboard layouts providing additional features for versions of Windows or Windows NT in which they are not already included.
For You need
Application notes for Microsoft Windows 95 Ww1062.exe
Application notes for Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 and 3.5 (includes Access Pack for Microsoft Windows NT) Wn0789.exe
Application notes for Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 Wg0788.txt
Application notes for Microsoft Windows 3.1 Ww0787.txt
Application notes for Microsoft Windows 3.0 Ww0786.txt
Access Pack for Microsoft Windows 3.0 and 3.1 Accp.exe
Dvorak keyboard layouts for people who type with one hand (already included in Windows NT 3.5 and higher) Ga0650.exe (Most network services), Ga0650.zip (Microsoft Download Service)

To Download the Access Packs, Application Notes, and Alternative Keyboard Layouts by Modem

If you have a modem, you can download these files from the following network services:

To Order the Access Packs, Application Notes, and Alternative Keyboard Layouts on Disks by Phone

If you do not have a modem, within the United States you can order the Access Packs, Application Notes, and Alternative Layouts on disks by calling Microsoft Sales Information Center at (800) 426-9400 (voice) or (800) 892-5234 (text telephone).

In Canada, you can call (905) 568-3503 or (905) 568-9641 (text telephone).

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