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Abbreviation Expansion Emulation in Word and Writer

Abbreviation Expansion in Word
How to use the AutoCorrect function in Word 2003 as an Abbreviation Expansion feature.
How to use the AutoCorrect function in Word 2007 as an Abbreviation Expansion feature
Abbreviation Expansion in Writer, in OpenOffice 2.4
How to use the AutoCorrect function in Writer as an Abbreviation Expansion feature. Writer is the word processor in OpenOffice, a free office suite.
Abbreviation Expansion in Word 2008 for Mac
How to use the AutoCorrect function in Word 2008 for Mac as an Abbreviation Expansion feature

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Accessibility Features in Windows Operating Systems

Accessibility Setting Checklist

A one page matrix of most of the Windows utilities or options that might be made to enhance the computer experience for persons with accessibility issues such as vision, hearing, mouse use, keyboard input, etc.

 

Setting Accessibility Features
Comprehensive list of how to adjust adaptive settings in Windows XP.

Accessibility Features

Windows XP

Using the Utility Manager in Windows XP.

Magnifier

Windows 7

How to start and use Magnifier in Windows 7.

On-Screen Keyboard

Windows XP

How to start up the Windows' on-screen keyboard applet.

This tutorial is based on Windows XP.

On-Screen Keyboard

Windows 7

How to start up the Windows' on-screen keyboard applet.

This tutorial is on the redesigned on-screen keyboard in Windows 7.

Speech Recognition

Vista

The Vista operating system introduced a Speech Recognition applet to the Windows accessibility features package.

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Browsers

Browser Accessibility

Firefox

Accessibility features of Firefox 3.

This free , open source, Internet browser is extremely configurable.

Browser Accessibility

Internet Explorer

This handout discusses the accessibility features of IE 7.

Browser Accessibility

Opera

The accessibility features and customizable aspects of Opera 10 web browswer.

Browser Accessibility

Zoom Features

Safari 5 for Windows

The Safari 5 browser from Apple is now available to use on Windows PCs.

This tutorial shows how to use the Zoom feature and how to change text size on web pages.
Browsers: Zoom
How to Zoom in and change text size in the popular web browsers.

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Downloadable Free Adaptive Software

AutoHotkey

Downloading and installing AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey is an effective, open source scripting and macro utility that allows the user to create custom keystroke combination, abbreviation expansion and remap keys on the keyboard or buttons on a mouse or trackball.

This PDF is about the download and install process. The PDF below offers instructions on how to script.

AutoHotkey

Scripting in AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey is an effective, open source scripting and macro utility that allows the user to create custom keystroke combination, abbreviation expansion and remap keys on the keyboard or buttons on a mouse or trackball.

This PDF offers instructions on how to script.
The PDF above is about the download and install process.

Click N Type
Downloading and installing Click N Type.

This is an extremely effective, totally free on-screen keyboard from Lake Folk Software.

Click N Type

at Log In

You can have a Click N Type on-screen keyboard available so that you may use it to log in to Windows XP.

Although this is a slightly tricky procedure, it is possible to do this by following the Help section from the LakeFolk site and the tutorial provided here.

You will have to have Administrative rights to make this happen.


You should also be brave.

Virtual Magnifying Glass
A simple to use and easily configured Magnifying Lens.
E-Triloquist

Downloading, installing, and configuring E-Triloquist.

This is an excellent, freee TTS (text to speech) program designed for persons with ALS that have lost the ability to speak. It is quite effective for any person that needs augmentative communication assistance.

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Keyboard Settings and Shortcuts

Accessibility Setting Checklist

A one page matrix of most of the Windows utilities or options that might be made to enhance the computer experience for persons with accessibility issues such as vision, hearing, mouse use, keyboard input, etc.

Keyboard Settings

Windows XP

General instructions guide for adaptive keyboard
settings in Windows XP.

Keyboard Settings

Windows 7

Ease of Access settings for the keyboard in Windows 7.

Keyboard Settings

Sticky Keys

How to access the settings for Sticky Keys in Window XP.

Keyboard Settings

Sticky Keys

How to access the settings for Sticky Keys in Vista.

Keyboard Settings

Sticky Keys

How to access the settings for Sticky Keys in Windows 7.

Keyboard Settings

Filter Keys

How to access the settings for Filter Keys in Vista.

Keyboard Settings

Mouse Keys

How to access the settings for Mouse Keys in Vista.
Keyboard Shortcuts to Run Programs on Desktop
Creating a keyboard shortcut to run a program in Windows 7.
Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Logo key keyboard shortcuts.
Keyboard Shortcuts

Internet Explorer 6 edited list of keyboard shortcuts.
(six pages)

Keyboard Shortcuts
Internet Explorer 6 quick study list of keyboard shortcuts.
(one page)
Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows XP edited list of keyboard shortcuts.
(nine pages)
Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows XP quick study list of keyboard shortcuts.
(2 pages)
Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.
There are a number of new shortcuts for Win7,
especially the Windows logo key shortcuts.

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Mouse Settings and Shortcuts

Mouse Settings

Windows XP

General instructions guide for adaptive mouse settings in Windows XP.

 

Mouse Settings

Snap To

Guide showing how to set the adaptive mouse settings for "Snap To" feaure in Windows XP.

 

Mouse Settings

Snap To

Guide showing how to set the adaptive mouse settings for "Snap To" feaure in Windows 7.

 

QuadJoy Mouse

Use and Settings

Tutorial shows how to maniputlate the device and how control the settings for the QuadJoy Mouse.

 

Expert Mouse®

MouseWorks® v

TrackballWorks™

This tutorial compares the two software suites that are availabe from Kensington for the Expert Mouse®...

This may help you decide if you should you use the older MouseWorks® or the new TrackballWorks.™

MouseWorks®
Settings
for Expert Mouse
®

Tutorial shows how to program the settings for the Kensington Expert Mouse® in MouseWorks 6.2.2.

 

Programming Expert Mouse® Buttons in MouseWorks®
Tutorial shows how to program the mouse buttons by global setting or by specific applications.

This is for the Kensington Expert Mouse® in the MouseWorks® configuration panel.
Using TrackballWorks™
for Expert Mouse®
Tutorial shows how to download, install, and configure the TrackballWorks™ 1.1.18 for Windows.

This is for the Kensington Expert Mouse
®.

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Voice Recognition

Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows

 

 

Tutorial: top ten general use commands

 

Tutorial: top ten Desktop navigation commands

 

Tutorial: top ten dictation commands
Tutorial: top ten document navigation commands
Tutorial: top ten document editing commands
Tutorial: top ten Internet browser commands
Tutorial: top ten mouse control commands

Secunia Scanner

 

 

 

Security Assists

Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes.com offers a free version of their anti spyware and malware program.

This tutorial tells how to download, install, and configure the program.

 

Microsoft Security Essentials

 

Microsoft offers a free anti-virus and anti-spyware program that works in real time.

This tutorial tells how to download, install, and configure the program.

 

Secunia Scanner

 

Secunia.com has a free online scanning program that looks for security vulnerabilities in a number of programs like browsers, plug-ins, Windows programs, etc.

This tutorial tells how to go to the site, run the scanner, and what do to with the results of the scan.

 

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Tutorials and Handouts by Disability

AAC
Alternative and AugmentativeCommunication Software for computers and mobile devices. Programs are available in the Adaptive Computing Lab at MRC.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Handout providing links to on-line resources for technology for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Blind and Low Vision

 

Low vision computer assist tips.
Blind and Low Vision
Handout on technology resources for blind and low vision users.

Blind and Low Vision

Windows 7 Magnifier

How to start and use Magnifier in Windows 7.

Blind and Low Vision

Browser Text Size

How to change text size in the popular web browsers.

Blind and Low Vision

Screen Reading

Handout with general information on screen reading software.

Blind and Low Vision

Scan and Read

Handout with general information on optical character recognition (OCR).

Eye Gaze Gaming Links

Handout with links to online information about using eye gaze and gaming.

 

 

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