How to Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and Windows 10

When you press the Windows button and Volume up button together on your tablet in Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can start an accessibility tool.

Narrator is the default accessibility tool that will be launched.

Accessibility Tool Description
Magnifier Magnifier is a tool that enlarges part—or all—of your screen so you can see words and images better.
Narrator Narrator describes Windows and apps and enables you to interact with them without viewing a screen.
On-Screen Keyboard Instead of relying on a physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can also use the On-Screen Keyboard.

This tutorial will show you how to change which accessibility tool you would like to be launched when pressing the Windows and Volume up buttons for your account in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Note   Note
If you like, you can also set to launch the selected accessibility tool from the sign-in screen.

How Change Assistive Technology Sign-in Settings in Windows 8 and Windows 10

CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Ease of Access Center
  • Option Two: Change Accessibility Tool to Launch using a REG file

Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and 10 OPTION ONE Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and 10

Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Ease of Access Center

1. Open the Control Panel (icons viewer), ad click/tap onHow Change Assistive Technology Sign-in Settings in Windows 8 and Windows 10

CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Ease of Access Center
  • Option Two: Change Accessibility Tool to Launch using a REG file

the Ease of Access Center icon.

2. Click/tap on the Make touch and tablets easier to use link. (see screenshot below)

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3. Select None, Magnifier, Narrator, or On-Screen Keyboard in the drop menu for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and 10 OPTION TWO Change Accessibility Tool to Launch in Windows 8 and 10

Change Accessibility Tool to Launch using a REG file

 

Note   Note
The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD and string values in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelAccessibilitySlateLaunch

LaunchAT DWORD

0 = Disable (None)
1 = Enable

ATapp string value

(blank) = None
magnifierpane = Magnifier
narrator = Narrator
osk = On-Screen Keyboard

1. Do step 2 (None), step 3 (Magnifier), step 4 (Narrator), or step 5 (On-Screen Keyboard) below for what you would like to do.

 2. To Select “None” for Accessibility Tool to Launch
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Accessibility_tool-None.reg

download

 3. To Select “Magnifier” for Accessibility Tool to Launch
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Accessibility_tool-Magnifier.reg

download

 4. To Select “Narrator” for Accessibility Tool to Launch

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Accessibility_tool-Narrator.reg

download

 5. To Select “On-Screen Keyboard” for Accessibility Tool to Launch
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

Accessibility_tool-On-Screen_Keyboard.reg

download

6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

8. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

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