Inside Windows 8: PC Settings – Ease of Access

In Windows 8, you can make changes to specific settings to make the OS easier to use.

This is called Ease of Access.

You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Ease of Access

There are several different options here.

  • You can change the contrast
  • You can make everything bigger
  • You can tab through web pages and applications using caret browsing*
  • You can setup the Windows Key and volume combo
  • Determine notification lengths
  • Determine the thickness of the cursor

*So, if you’re like me, you’re probably like “What the heck is Caret browsing?”.

Here’s what Wikipedia says:

In computing, caret navigation is a kind of keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as “text cursor”, “text insertion cursor”, or “text selection cursor”) is used to navigate within a text document. It is a fundamental feature for applications that deal with text, for example text editors (the most famous examples: Emacs and Vim), word processors and desktop publishing programs.

Umm.. OK.