Windows 7 has a number of options that you can modify to make it easier to use — not conceptually easier, but physically easier. These Ease of Use / Ease of Access options also include some controls for modifying Windows functionality.
Some of these options are focused on making it easier for users with less-than-perfect physical conditions. Some of them are designed for vision-impaired users, such as a text-reader, a magnifying glass, and the ability to change the size of the mouse-pointer. (Some of them are also useful for those of us with aging eyes <grin>.)
Other options are focused on those users with limited hand flexibility, such as the ability to use "sticky keys" instead of having to press multiple keys at exactly the same time.
You can find these options via the Windows 7 Control Panel (which you find via the Start Menu by clicking on the Windows orb in the Taskbar (typically at the bottom of the screen).
The route is
Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access.
As you can see in the image below, two links on the page that I think are important for everyone are the "Ease of Access Center" and the "”Change how your mouse works" links.
First, let’s look at the "”Change how your mouse works" section. I have two things that I change from the defaults on this dialog box.
I like to instantly find the mouse pointer, which normally is easy enough. However, in some applications, the program messes with the mouse display. If I can get those to display a larger mouse pointer, I’m happier. So, I’ve changed the pointer to the Extra Large White choice.
The other thing I change from the default has to do with window positioning. I don’t like the way that Windows 7 will take a window that I’m trying to locate at the edge of the screen. Frequently, it will maximize it, which is not what I was trying to do.
Fortunately, Microsoft put a user-configurable setting for this, but they hid it on this page. I would have expected it to be located on the Mouse Properties dialog box.
The next image shows the Ease of Access Center’s dialog box. This dialog box brings many of the options, but not all, together in one place.
Note the slider bar on the right-hand side of the dialog box. When you’re looking for something to fix a problem with the settings, it’s all too easy to miss noticing the slider bar in a dialog box. These (obviously) show that there are more options that aren’t currently visible. Don’t forget to check them, too.
I have left the "Always read this section aloud" box checked. You might not want to do that. It doesn’t bother me because I typically have the sound muted on my computer.