To get the most out of OneNote on Windows 8, explore these accessibility features.
OneNote works great with keyboards. Press F6 to move between navigation, radial menus, and the editing surface. Use the TAB or arrow keys to move between buttons and menu items, and use SPACEBAR to enter to activate them.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to make navigating your notebooks easier. See Touch gestures and keyboard shortcuts in OneNote for more information.
Ease of Access Center
Press the WINDOWS key and U to start the Ease of Access Center and use accessibility features like Narrator or Magnifier. Alternately, you can open the Settings charm from the Windows 8 home screen and select Change PC settings. In PC settings, go to Ease of Access.
Narrator is a screen reader included in Windows. Narrator can read your notes and various controls out loud as you navigate through OneNote.
Magnifier enlarges portions of your screen. You can choose between different modes by clicking or tapping Views on the Magnifier toolbar. While Magnifier is active, you can press the Windows logo key and the plus sign (+) to zoom in at any time, or press the WINDOWS key and the minus sign (-) to zoom out.
This option helps reduce eye strain by changing the color contrast of your screen. On the Windows 8 home screen, open the Settings charm and select Change PC settings. In PC settings, go to Ease of Access and turn on High contrast.
You’ll need to restart the app for this setting to take effect. To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen to the bottom edge. When the app is closed, you can start it again.
High DPI (dots per inch)
This option makes text and icons larger without adjusting your screen’s resolution, change the screen’s DPI scale. On the Windows 8 home screen, open the Settings charm and select Change PC settings. In PC settings, go to Ease of Access and select Make everything on your screen bigger.
To dictate text and to control the app by saying what you see, enable speech recognition in Windows. On the Windows 8 home screen, type speech to search for apps. In the results list, tap Windows Speech Recognition. After it’s been configured, you can start speech recognition by saying “Start listening.”
Tip: Use a USB headset to improve the accuracy of speech recognition and to indicate to your coworkers that you’re using speech.