Posts Tagged ‘accessibility’

A list of Windows XP accessibility features and related keyboard shortcuts


Contains information about the FilterKeys accessibility feature, which enables a user with disabilities to set the keyboard repeat rate (RepeatKeys), acceptance delay (SlowKeys), and bounce rate (BounceKeys).


Contains information about the high contrast accessibility feature.


Contains information about the MouseKeys accessibility feature. When the MouseKeys feature is active, the user can use the numeric keypad to control the mouse pointer, and to click, double-click, drag, and drop. By pressing NUMLOCK, the user can toggle the numeric keypad between mouse control mode and normal operation.


Contains information about the SerialKeys accessibility feature, which interprets data from a communication aid attached to a serial port as commands causing the system to simulate keyboard and mouse input.


Contains information about the SoundSentry accessibility feature. When the SoundSentry feature is on, the computer displays a visual indication only when a sound is generated.


Contains information about the StickyKeys accessibility feature. When the StickyKeys feature is on, the user can press a modifier key (SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT) and then another key in sequence rather than at the same time, to enter shifted (modified) characters and other key combinations.


Contains information about the ToggleKeys accessibility feature. When the ToggleKeys feature is on, the computer emits a high-pitched tone whenever the user turns on the CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK key, and a low-pitched tone whenever the user turns off one of those keys.


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Watch these keys:

  • Right Shift for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys on or off)
  • Left Alt+left Shift+Print Screen (Switch High Contrast on or off)
  • Left Alt+left Shift+Num Lock (Switch the MouseKeys on or off)
  • Shift five times (Switch the StickyKeys on or off)
  • Num Lock for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys on or off)
  • Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)

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In addition, this article shows and explains all the settings dialogues for accessibility options in Windows XP.

Can we get rid of Adobe Acrobat Reader’s Accessibility Setup Assistant dialogue?


For users not registered in AD as needing Accessibility this is distracting.

example os from the teacher station, assumed that is the same in the base image.

If you cannot log into Windows because of accessibility dialogues offering you help


  1.  Symptom: You cannot log in since accessibility tool dialogues (like above) come up when typing your password
  2. Workaround: Restart the computer (and make sure you have no item sitting on the keyboard while doing so, usual suspects: textbooks, bags). If you do not want to restart, but fix it immediately, you can read more about Windows XP accessibility features and keyboard shortcuts here.
  3. Root cause: You may have activated Windows accessibility features by erroneously depressing for a long time or repeatedly pressing a  modifier key while the LRC computer was on the welcome screen.  You may not run into this behavior from your personal computer (or read here how to disable Windows  7 Sticky and Filter Keys), but the LRC needs to be ADA compliant. Think of it as another LRC language tool  that sometimes may get into your way temporarily if you do not study the language, but that you would not want to miss for the language you do study.

Does your OWA look different from others’, but you do not want the low vision version?

  1. If you log in on and see this: light-low-vision-owa
  2. do this
    1. Click on Options in the upper right corner
    2. Click on Accessibility on the left side of the screen
    3. Uncheck the box for ‘Use the blind and low vision experience’
    4. Click Save at the top of the screen
    5. Sign out in the upper right hand corner
    6. Go back to and login normally without checking the ‘light version’ box, and you will see this: owa-not-light
  3. Not sure how you managed to inadvertently set it to “low vision”, but this is how to fix it, per our helpdesk.