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Use accessibility features

MapPoint provides accessibility features that make the program easier to use for people with low vision or who have difficulty using a keyboard or mouse. In addition, you can customize your operating system to make your computer easier to use. Hardware, software, and additional information about accessibility for people with disabilities are also available.

Changing the magnification of your map

You can use the mouse or the keyboard to zoom in to see a smaller part of your map and make information easier to read on the screen. If you use the Microsoft® IntelliMouse® pointing device, you can scroll and zoom directly by using the mouse instead of clicking buttons on the screen.

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Zoom in or out

Zoom and move the map by using the Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device

Changing font sizes

You can change map and map legend font sizes to make them more readable on the screen. You can also change the font size used both in your driving directions and in online Help.

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Change the size of the map font

Change driving directions settings

Change the font used in Help topics

Keyboard shortcuts

If you have difficulty using a mouse, many features and commands are available as shortcuts directly from the keyboard.

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Use keyboard shortcuts

Customizing the operating system

You can set or change system accessibility options. For example, if you have difficulty using a mouse, you can use the Windows MouseKeys feature to use the numeric keypad to move the pointer and to click, double-click, and drag.

  1. In Microsoft Windows®:, click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel
  2. Double-click Accessibility Options, click the tab you want, and then select the options you want. 

Note  For Help about an option, select the option, and then press SHIFT+F1.

Hardware and software to enhance accessibility

A wide variety of hardware and software products are available to make personal computers easier to use by people with disabilities. Among the different types of products available for the MS-DOS® and Windows, Windows NT®, Windows 2000, and Windows Millennium operating systems are:

Programs that enlarge or alter the color of information on the screen for people with low vision

Programs that describe information on the screen in Braille or with synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading

Hardware and software utilities that modify the behavior of the mouse and keyboard

Programs that enable people to "type" by using a mouse or by speaking

Word or phrase completion software that allows users to type with fewer keystrokes

Alternative input devices, such as single-switch or sip-and-puff devices for people who cannot use a mouse or a keyboard.

Accessibility resources

If you have access to the World Wide Web, visit the Microsoft Accessibility Web site ( to learn more about using accessibility features that are included in Microsoft operating systems and other Microsoft products.

If you have difficulty reading or handling printed documentation, you can obtain many Microsoft publications from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. RFB&D distributes these documents to registered, eligible members of their distribution service, either on audio cassettes or on floppy disks. The RFB&D collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press. You can download many of these books from the Microsoft Accessibility Web site (

For more information, contact Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic at the following address or phone numbers:

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.

20 Roszel Road

Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone:  (609) 452-0606

Fax:  (609) 987-8116


In addition to the features and resources already described, other products, services, and resources for people with disabilities are available from Microsoft and other organizations.

Microsoft provides a catalog of accessibility aids that can be used with the Windows and Windows NT operating systems. You can obtain this catalog from our Web site or by phone:

Microsoft Sales Information Center

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052-6393

Phone:  (800) 426-9400

TTY/TTD:  (800) 892-5234

Microsoft Accessibility Web site: