Accessible software is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of age, physical ability, or native language.

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How do I turn off the onscreen keyboard on the lock screen? [duplicate]

The lock screen has an on screen keyboard that I am unable to disable. I don't remember exactly but I believe I turned it on using the "Screen Keyboard" setting in the Universal Access settings. I've ...
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How can one-handed work in Ubuntu be eased?

My right hand is temporarily immobilized and I would like to do some minor general work on my computer. Mostly web browsing, mailing and file and directory browsing and editing. For this I currently ...
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How do I increase the font size in Dash?

I am a person with a visual impairment. Pre-Unity versions of Ubuntu allowed you to change all font sizes. Now the Universal Access feature is pretty much useless, as increasing font size to "Large" ...
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Default screen magnifier?

I'm trying to get an Ubuntu laptop functional for a visually impaired friend. Her impairment is such that a screen magnifier would solve the issue. I've tried out Kmag (as its the only hit when ...
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Why do some people need low-contrast themes?

Everyone is familiar with the high-contrast themes that are created for people with poor eye-sight. Because of the high contrast it is easier to see what is on the screen. However, I heard there are ...
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How to change font size in Skype 4.x?

I tried using "qtconfig" but that didn't help. (Even changing the style in Skype, then using Qtconfig won't show any effect.) Where could I make the fonts larger? (Ubuntu's accessibility settings ...
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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Typing using key combinations?

I'm a Ubuntu 10.04 user who is looking for a way to, for example, make my computer type a "+" character when I hold down the Windows Key (I think it's called Super in Linux world) and press the K key. ...
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What are the accessibility problems of Qt?

Jonathan Ridell said in a blog post that there were accessibility problems with Qt. I would just like to know what those problems are. Thank you very much and keep up the excelent work. Ubuntu Rocks!
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Where is the Accessibility mouse click lock?

I've been a user of Linux on the desktop off and on again over the years. I very nearly switched my primary computer to Ubuntu prior to the release of Windows 7. There were a few, but significant ...
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Make long click act like a right click?

Just got my netbook edition of Ubuntu working with my tablets touch screen about 3 seconds ago... but straight away, I've noticed something - is it possible to make the right click menu show up when I ...
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Tool to complete words while typing

I have a friend who is familiar with etype. This application helps him by completing and suggesting words while he's typing. Now he is using Ubuntu by my suggestion but he really needs this ...
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Will Ubuntu work out on my mother's computer?

My mother had an old Compaq desktop computer running Windows 98, which she used for occasional Web browsing and playing cards. Recently, a relative brought up a newer computer; it ran Windows XP. ...
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Is there an Xpadder equivalent?

Xpadder allows to control the mouse cursor by using a joystick,gamepad,etc. Xpadder only works on Windows, however I'm not sure if it would work on Ubuntu too, I'm using a XBOX360 Wireless Controller ...
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How can I change the tooltip color or font in Ambiance?

I'm using the Ambiance theme in Ubuntu 10.04 which I am generally quite happy with but I would like to change the tooltip color or font. I sometimes find it hard to make out the white text on the ...
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How can I configure “mousekeys”?

Under 11.04, the option to control the pointer with the numpad was set in the Hardware/Keyboard settings page. How can I turn on mousekeys or configure them in newer releases?
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Disabling assistive technologies during login

I have a laptop with Ubuntu 10.04. My daughter was playing with the keyboard on the login screen, and it seems she activated some assistive technologies because now the screen is split vertically and ...
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Resize the window control buttons (close, restore, maximize)

How can I change the size of the close/restore/maximize/minimize buttons of the windows? They are too small for me. With a big monitor, it's difficult to position the mouse over them. Is there a ...
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Can I keep my desktop settings exactly as they are now if I upgrade?

I have severe OCD and would like some help regarding changes to my desktop if I upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04. I use the gnome classic (no effects) desktop. The desktop has nothing on it - it is ...
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How do I increase the icon size in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I increase the font size in Dash? As my partner is registered blind she has difficulty with small text & icons. In 11.04 using Unity the Icons look quite good ...
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Visual Alerts don't work

When I go to Universal Access -> Hearing tab -> turn Visual Alerts on and try Test Flash with either the option to flash the window title or to flash the entire screen, nothing happens. Also, see my ...
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How to fix an error relating to no keyboard input accepted in gnome desktop, though keycode shows scancodes? [closed]

Running Ubuntu 11.04 x86 guest under VirtualBox 4.2.6 in a Win7 X64 host. Bear with me... this is a strange one. Once booted into Ubuntu nothing inside the Ubuntu guest seems to recognize keyboard ...
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How to disable Qt accessibility in 12.04?

Observed behavior When opening a KDE session, a blue round icon with a human silhouette appears in tray. It offers "enable screensaver" "speak text" "speak keyboard". It seems related to processes ...
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how can I configure a specific usb mouse model as left-handed?

I use a right-handed usb mouse in the office and a left-handed usb mouse at home on the same Ubuntu 11.04 laptop. How can I configure the one at home to be automatically set up to left-handed when ...
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How to stop Orca from running when I open sound preferences?

I have this bizarre problem. whenever I open sound preferences from indicator-sound in natty the orca speech-dispatcher runs in a terminal in a loop mode. I cannot close the terminal neither can I ...
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GNOME 3.2 Screen keyboard, when opened onboard pops up

When I enable the "screen keyboard" from the accessibility next to that the GNOME onscreen keyboard is started onboard is also opened. Is there a way to prevent this?!
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Disable Accessibility in login screen

There's a funny joke going through my class: Wait for a colleague to leave his laptop and restart the laptop / change user. Then, at login screen (GDM), enable all possible accessibility features and ...
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Festival on Orca?

I tried installing Festival from Synaptic to use it with Orca, but it did not show up on Orca's speech synthesizer list. I installed the following packages: festival festival-freebsoft-utils ...
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Cannot find Orca GUI based settings manager on Ubuntu 13.04

I use Ubuntu 13.04. I found Orca could initialized in Universal Access, but I cannot find its GUI based settings manager. I can't even start its settings manager via the command orca --setup or with ...
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How to disable announcer?

After I installed ubuntu, I have a voice reading out everything to me - a screen reader. I tried to find why it's starting and how to disable it, but don't know what it might be called. One thing I ...
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How do I enable sticky keys In Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. How do I enable sticky keys like in Windows?
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How do I turn on sticky keys from the CLI?

I'd like turning sticky keys on and off to be done from a script. This is especially helpful to those not using kde/gnome/xfce.
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Need alternative to Accessibility's “Locate Pointer” to visually highlight the mouse

Update: See end of question: A black-on-white cross-hair/I-bar mouse-pointer is soemtimes hard foe me to spot in amongst black-on-white text. I've tried "Accessibility / Mouse Accessibility / ...
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Email application for the computer-impaired

A member of my family has a moderate disability for dealing with computers. He is largely unable to engage technology in general, and most on-screen GUIs are confusing and upsetting. He is, however, ...
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Mouse Arrow moving Slowly Using keyboard Keys

My mouse is not working properly, So I enabled keyboard keys for Moving mouse arrow using Universal Access > Pointing and Clicking > Mouse keys "On" But Mouse Arrow moves very Slow using ...
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Is it possible to have Orca speak the laptop battery status?

I have been studying Ubuntu 12.04 for a while. If everything works fine, I would like to switch to it from Windows 7. I have searched the net on the way to check battery status with Orca but i not yet ...
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Ubuntu phone accessibility

I am blind and currently use an iPhone. One of the things I like about the iPhone is its accessibility. In fact, I'm typing this question on my iPhone. I am able to do this because of VoiceOver, ...
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How do I disable my talking login screen? [duplicate]

Managed to clip a shortkey that enabled some Audio assistance program on my Ubuntu login screen (it reads back to you anything you click or type). It's really annoying, but I can't seem to find any ...
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How to change the font size of preview options when using an input method?

I'm using IBus for pinyin in 11.10. A previous AskUbuntu poster mentioned that s/he increased font size to 14 point in Preferences. I'm unable to find a setting in Preferences that allows me to do ...
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How can I increase the text size in empathy chat windows?

The text that appears in empathy chat windows is quite small, even though I have set the font DPI to a large value in Preferences > Appearance. There does not appear to be any option to make this ...
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Is there a color scheme generator for the Desktop that can simulate color blindness?

Are there any color scheme generators that can simulate color blindness and export these results to a color palette file or generate a css stylesheet ? I've used Gpick and was recently introduced to ...
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Controlling root access

I have some sensitive data and I dont want to share with the root user. As fa as I know the root users can read and modify everything. My question is how can I protect this data. I don't want to give ...
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Keyboard shortcut to reveal onscreen keyboard

Does someone know if it is possible to bind a command to a button which will reveal the onscreen keyboard? (Note: The onscreen keyboard has already be started.) Currently when I want to reveal the ...
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How to make secondary partition accessible to me (and root) only

I have workstation with 160GB HDD capacity. I have partitioned it with: 40GB -- for OS(Ubuntu) Installation 40GB -- for my personal data, and 80GB -- for all other (public) data. I have ...
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How do I disable anti-aliasing in Compiz Zoom?

When using the Zoom function of Compiz, the zoomed-in pixels are anti-aliased (smoothed), which I guess is helpful for accessibility, however I want to actually see an accurate representation of the ...
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Click Lock to drag in Ubuntu 13.10

I've been looking for a while now a way to get the "click lock" in ubuntu 13.10 (for dragging) but so far, I have no success. Universal access lacks this feature, and I have not found some program or ...
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Locate mouse helper in Xubuntu for visually impaired

I can't find a locate pointer feature (anymore) in Xubuntu. Is there an Xubuntu 13.10 (XFCE) alternative for the Show Mouse Accessibility CCSM plugin for ubuntu? My mother is slightly visually ...
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MongoDB could not connect local server

I had mongdb installed and evrything was working fine. I wanted to delete the mongodb lock. By mistake the directory /var/lib/mongodb/ got deleted. So, I uninstalled mongo db and installed again. But ...
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How to zoom desktop without Compiz?

First off I am visually impaired and I have used various Windows-based screen zooming applications. Compiz Advanced Desktop Zoom is fantastic but it totally murders my Wine applications. Turning off ...
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How do I remove the Accessibility options/icon from the login screen?

Have young kids that manage to foul up Ubuntu by playing with the universal access options at the login screen. Tried following the directions for 10.04 but the stated directories don't exist in 12.04 ...