How to Enable Accessibility Features in Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Teams

Deepak Gupta January 8, 2022
Updated 2022/01/08 at 5:05 PM

The new version of the operating system from Microsoft allows each user to customize their settings for easy access and increased productivity with available software. Like Windows 11, people with disabilities can also turn on accessibility features that enable better communication and easier understanding of the programs.

In this way, people with intellectual and neurological problems or those with a lack of vision, hearing, mobility and speech can activate resources designed for each type of disability.

Tools like Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, for example, provide this type of accessibility for users with disabilities, and today, Mundo Conectado will teach you how to activate the following features: Voice Typing, Narrator, Magnifying Glass, Advanced Reading and Live Subtitles.

voice typing

The tool voice typing is intended for people who have physical limitations involving mobility, difficulty or complete absence of vision. As the name implies, the feature allows users to type texts through the computer using their own voice, including facilities that automatically punctuate sentences.

To enable the feature, just tap the keys Windows + H. So once you’re connected to the Internet and of course the microphone is working, click on a text box to see the tool in action.

Storyteller

Even for those with vision problems, a very interesting feature is the Storyteller. In it, the user has the help of a voice that describes the commands that are located on the monitor. The user can even set the speech rate, volume and pitch of the voice he is listening to, according to his preference.

To activate the Narrator tool, use the shortcut Windows and Ctrl + Enter. And to adjust preferences, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Narrator.

Magnifying glass

A feature that facilitates access for those who have a degree of difficulty in vision in Windows 11, is the Magnifying glass. Instead of enlarging each page individually in a browser, the feature allows the user to set the default size of images and words that will be displayed on the computer.

To enable this feature, press keys Windows and the + sign (located next to the numbers on the keyboard) at the same time.

Advanced Reading

Speaking specifically about Microsoft 365, the accessibility feature Advanced Reading it is essential for anyone using applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. The tool facilitates the reading of texts and images in documents, so that users of all ages understand what is written. Remember that the tool also works in Microsoft Edge browser to facilitate the user’s understanding during navigations.

To access and activate this feature, go to the space of search at the top of the program or enter the tab of Revision and look for the tool.

Live Subtitles

In Microsoft Teams, the role of Live Subtitles is a facilitator for those who have difficulty or lack of hearing and works in a similar way to automatic YouTube subtitles. In this way, it allows the person to follow everything that is being said in the call through real-time subtitles. The user can still change the language of the text that appears on the screen.

To enable the tool, the user must enter a call and click on more actions and then on Enable live subtitles.

Remembering that some of these features are not only available in Windows 11, but also in the previous version (Windows 10) and smartphones.

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Source: Microsoft

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