How to control accessibility features for visually impaired users by using Utility Manager in Windows

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You can use Utility Manager to check the status of an accessibility program and to start or stop an accessibility program. If you have administrator-level access, you can configure Microsoft Windows so that the accessibility program starts when Utility Manager starts. The following built-in accessibility programs are available from Utility Manager:
  • Magnifier
  • Narrator
  • On-Screen Keyboard
Narrator starts by default when Utility Manager starts so that users who have impaired vision have immediate access to Utility Manager. This article describes how to control accessibility features for a visually impaired user by using Utility Manager on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based or a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer.

Start Utility Manager

To open Utility Manager, press the Windows logo key+U. You can press the Windows logo key+U when the Welcome to Windows dialog box is displayed, before you log on to the computer. If you do this, if you make changes to the specified accessibility features when you are logged on, these changes are automatically applied.

Use Utility Manager

You can configure Windows to automatically start any or all of the three accessibility programs at any of the following times:
  • When you log on
  • When you lock the computer desktop
  • When you start Utility Manager
For example, you can configure Magnifier to start automatically the next time that you log on to your computer. When you do this, you do not have to follow the procedure to start Magnifier each time that you log on to your computer.


Article ID: 307773 - Last Review: July 2, 2007 - Revision: 1.6
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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