Assistive Technology Quick Reference

The following quick reference can be used when testing web sites with assistive technologies.

Internet Explorer Large Fonts

Activate Large Fonts Internet Explorer View menu, Text Size (or Size button on toolbar), Largest
Deactivate Large Fonts Internet Explorer View menu, Text Size (or Size button on toolbar), Medium
Add Size Button to Toolbar Right click Internet Explorer toolbar
Select Customize CommandBar, Add or Remove Commands
In Customize Toolbar dialog: select Size from Available toolbar buttons listbox
Click Add, Close

Windows High Contrast

Activate High Contrast Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen
In HighContrast dialog: click OK
Deactivate High Contrast Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen
Set up High Contrast Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen
In HighContrast dialog: click Settings
In Accessibility Options dialog: select Display tab, click Settings, check Custom, select High Contrast Black (not Large or Extra Large)
Click OK, OK

Internet Explorer Keyboard Commands

General Reading

Scroll Up Up Arrow
Scroll Down Down Arrow
Top of Page Ctrl + Home
Bottom of Page Ctrl + End
Address Bar Alt + D
Back (in History) Backspace or Alt + Left Arrow

Links & Form Fields

Next Link or Form Field Tab
Prior Link or Form Field Shift + Tab
Activate Link Enter

Forms

Activate Button Spacebar
Check Checkbox/Radio Button Spacebar
Select Options in List Box Up / Down Arrow (Alt + Down Arrow to open list)
Activate Multi-Select Shift + F8

ZoomText

Start ZoomText Ctrl + Alt + Z (custom)
Show ZoomText Window Alt + Insert
Hide ZoomText Window Alt + Delete
Increase Magnification Alt + Numpad Plus
Decrease Magnification Alt + Numpad Minus
Speech On/Off Alt + Shift + S
Interrupt Speech Ctrl

JAWS

Start JAWS Ctrl + Alt + J (custom)
Exit JAWS Insert + F4
Interrupt Speech Ctrl

General Reading

Top of Page Ctrl + Home
Bottom of Page Ctrl + End
Read Page (from cursor down) Insert + Down Arrow
Next Line Down Arrow
Prior Line Up Arrow
Current Line Insert + Up Arrow

Headings

List Headings Insert + F6
Next Heading H
Prior Heading Shift + H
Next Heading at Level 1 - 6
Prior Heading at Level Shift + 1 - 6

Links

List Links Insert + F7
Next Link (or Form Field) Tab
Prior Link (or Form Field) Shift + Tab
Activate Link Enter (while on link)

Forms (Manual)

List Form Fields Insert + F5
Activate Forms Mode Enter (while on field)
Next / Prior Field Tab / Shift + Tab
Read Current Field Insert + Tab
Activate Button Spacebar
Check Checkbox/Radio Button Spacebar
Select Options in List Box Up / Down Arrow
Activate List Box Multi-Select Shift + F8
Exit Forms Mode Numpad Plus or Esc

Forms (Auto)

Next / Prior Field Up / Down Arrow
Activate Button Spacebar
Check Checkbox/Radio Button Spacebar
Select Options in List Box Alt + Down Arrow to open list, Up / Down Arrow to select, Esc to close list

Tables

Current Cell Alt + Ctrl + Numpad 5
Next Cell (right) Alt + Ctrl + Right Arrow
Prior Cell (left) Alt + Ctrl + Left Arrow
Cell Above Alt + Ctrl + Up Arrow
Cell Below Alt + Ctrl + Down Arrow
Current Row Windows Key + Numpad 5
Current Column Insert + Shift + Numpad 5
Beginning of Table Alt + Ctrl + Home
End of Table Alt + Ctrl + End