Understanding Windows requires not only a knowledge of the keystrokes necessary to access the computer but also a solid foundation in the concepts of Windows and the special features of the screen reader which brings the computer into focus.
Access Technology Institute is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive Windows 10 textbook that focuses specifically on blind and visually impaired computer users. This Windows textbook explains the keystrokes necessary to accomplish a task but also offers instruction on the concepts and reasons for the actions being taken.
The Windows 10 interface is explained in detail from the basics of the Start Menu through editing text, managing documents, using File Explorer, Virtual Desktops and much more.
While instruction in the basics is included, this textbook also take students through the advanced features of Windows. This textbook provides a solid foundation in the use of Windows and Windows applications.
This textbook was written with the blind computer user in mind and is the most complete reference available to blind and low vision students who wish to learn windows 10 and is now available for purchase from ATI.
Table of Contents and Materials
View An Immersion into Windows 10 with JAWS for Windows Textbook Table of Contents
This textbook is available via digital download and includes the following:
- The textbook in Microsoft Word, HTML and Plain Text Format
- Suggested practice exercises
- Over 170 individually labeled sound files in mp3 format
Download this textbook with an ATI Subscription:
Authorizations or purchase orders can be sent to:
Access Technology Institute, LLC
PO Box 90812
Tucson, AZ 85752
ATI does not offer refunds on digital downloads. All purchases are final.
When you open the Windows Task View (WINDOWS KEY-TAB), there are three elements.
- Virtual Desktop Management – Add New Virtual Desktops and Navigate open Desktops (Press SHIFT-TAB to focus in Virtual Desktops)
- Open Applications – This is the default focus
- Task View Timeline – Application Windows you’ve opened on previous dates (Press TAB to access the Timeline)
If you don’t want the Task View Timeline, you can disable it in Windows Privacy Settings.
To disable the Task View timeline:
- Open the Start Menu (WINDOWS KEY or CTRL-ESCAPE)
- Search for and activate “Privacy Settings” without the quotes
By default, focus is on the first General Privacy setting control.
- Press SHIFT-TAB once to focus in the settings group list
- Press UP and DOWN ARROW to navigate the list
- Press ENTER on “Activity History”
Focus is placed on Activity History settings. Press TAB and SHIFT-TAB to navigate controls.
There are several check boxes that manage how your activity history is shared with Microsoft. Press SPACEBAR to toggle checkboxes.
Configure the following:
- Store my activity history on this device – Windows saves applications, websites and services you’ve accessed
- Send my activity history to Microsoft – Your activity history is saved to Microsoft and available on all your Windows devices
- Show Activities from these accounts – Accounts associated with your computer are listed. You can toggle activity sharing off for one or more accounts
- Clear – Activate this button to clear activity history from Microsoft’s servers. Your history is removed and isn’t retrievable
If you uncheck all the check boxes, the Timeline is removed.
After configuring these settings, close the settings window (ALT-F4).
The Task View timeline is removed and your activity as tracked according to your specifications.
There are other options in Privacy Settings you may find useful. I encourage exploration!