Aging invades the senior’s life with additional challenges that will keep them away from technology’s advantages. Here are nine settings that can open doors to self-sufficiency for the seniors in your life.
Microsoft Windows has nine key settings you will want to use to make the world of computers, the Internet, and technology available to Senior Citizens.
Window's Display Settings
To get started, search for “Display” in the Window’s search bar at the bottom of your screen.
Step One: Brightness
You can adjust the brightness to help clarify the text they are reading with the slider under Brightness and Color.
Step Two: Scale
Enlarge the screen with the dropdown under Scale and Layout from 100% up to 175%.
Extra Bonus: You can magnify the screen temporarily by pressing the Windows key and the Plus key at the same time. To Zoom out press the Windows key and the Minus Key together.
Window's Mouse Settings
In the upper left side the Display settings screen you can search for “Mouse Pointer Size” and click on “Change Mouse Pointer Size” for the “Cursor & Pointer” screen.
Step Three: Pointer Size
Use the slider under “Change pointer size” to enlarge your mouse pointer.
Step Four: Pointer Color
You can choose from four options for the best visual contrast under, “Change pointer color.”
Step Five: Cursor Thickness
Make your cursor thicker but not too thick with the “Change cursor thickness” slider.
Window's Audio Settings
In the upper left side search box, enter “mono” to find the “Turn mono audio on and off” option. Click it, and the Audio settings screen will appear.
Step Six: Volume
Senior citizens losing their hearing will need their sound to be louder. Adjust the default volume with the slider under “Change device volume.”
NOTE: Not all computer speakers are of the highest quality. You may need to add a high-quality amplifier for them not to have to focus hard to hear the output.
Step Seven: Mono
Stereo output can create “distracting” sounds and make it hard for them to focus on the main sound. Click the “Turn on mono audio” switch to “On” for them.
Step Eight: Visual Audio Alters
To enhance notices and beeps, you can select from the visual alters in the “Show audio alters visually” dropdown.
Window's High Contrast Settings
Using the search box in the upper left, search for “High Contrast” and select “Turn high contrast on or off” to bring up the “High Contrast” page.
Step Nine: Turn High Contrast On
This feature may or may not work. You can give it a try here. It only does the contrast with Windows and not the browsers or applications.
You can turn it on under “Turn on high contrast.”
I hope this list of 9 settings is helpful.
What tips do you have for making Microsoft Windows friendlier for today’s Senior Citizen? Share your insights in the comments below.