Accessibility in Windows 10

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Build accessibility into your applications to empower people of all abilities

Products and services—including electronic media—are accessible when they are designed to provide full and successful experiences for as many people as possible.

Build accessible and inclusive Windows applications, with improved functionality and usability, for people with disabilities (both temporary and permanent), personal preferences, specific work styles, or situational constraints (such as shared work spaces, driving, cooking, glare, and so on). Some common solutions include providing information in alternative formats (such as captions on a video) or enabling the use of assistive technologies (such as screen readers).

Everyone should have access to the same rooms in a building, whether they need to use the stairs or the elevator.

This page provides information on how the various Windows development frameworks provide accessibility support for developers building Windows applications, assistive technology developers building tools such as screen readers and magnifiers, and software test engineers creating automated scripts for testing applications.

Platform-specific documentation

Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Develop accessible apps and tools on the modern platform for Windows 10 applications and games on any Windows device (including PCs, phones, Xbox One, HoloLens, and more), and publish them to the Microsoft Store.

Designing inclusive software

Developing inclusive Windows apps

Accessibility testing

Accessibility in the Store

WPF platform

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Develop accessible apps and tools on the established platform for managed Windows applications with a XAML UI model and the .NET Framework.

Accessibility Best Practices

UI Automation Fundamentals

UI Automation Providers for Managed Code

UI Automation Clients for Managed Code

UI Automation Control Patterns

UI Automation Text Pattern

UI Automation Control Types

UI Automation Specification and Community Promise

Windows Forms platform apps

Windows Forms (WinForms)

Develop accessible apps and tools for managed Windows applications with a XAML UI model and the .NET Framework.

Windows Forms Accessibility

Creating an Accessible Windows Application

Properties on Windows Forms Controls That Support Accessibility Guidelines

Providing Accessibility Information for Controls on a Windows Form

Web accessibility

Design, build, and test accessible web sites in Microsoft Edge.

Samples

Download and run full Windows samples that demonstrate various accessibility features and functionality.

Code sample browser

The new samples browser replacing the MSDN Code Gallery.

MSDN Code Gallery (retired)

Download samples for Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure, Office, SharePoint, Silverlight and other products.

Windows classic samples on GitHub

These samples demonstrate the functionality and programming model for Windows and Windows Server.

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) samples on GitHub

These samples demonstrate the API usage patterns for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 10.

XAML Controls Gallery

This app demonstrates the various Xaml controls supported in the Fluent Design System.

Videos

Various videos covering how to build accessible Windows applications to general accessibility concerns and how Microsoft addresses them.

How to get started with accessibility in Windows apps

One Dev Minute: Developing apps for accessibility

Introduction to disability and accessibility

From hack to product, eye control for Windows 10

Accessibility on Windows 10

Introduction to Building Accessible UWP Apps

Designing Windows accessibility features

Windows 10 accessibility features empower everyone

Making the mouse pointers easier to see

Other resources

Blogs and news

The latest from the world of Microsoft accessibility.

Community and support

A place where Windows developers and users meet and learn together.