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Questions tagged [accessibility]

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

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Default Action for Cancel-Dialog in Gedit nearly not visible

I am getting older and my eyes see worse. If I close gedit, I can hardly see the default action which is "Save as..." Is there a way to make default actions (in all applications) more visible?
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How to map a key to work like mouse button including its modifiers?

With xmodmap I can map F2 to work as left click: xmodmap -e "keycode 68 = Pointer_Button1" However, when I use shift+F2 to simulate shift left-click to select files on nautilus for example, it doesn'...
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How to map right/left click scroll down/up to F1 F2 F3 F4?

I want to map, remap or create a shortcut that: F1 : Right click F2 : Left click F3 : Scroll Down F4 : Scroll Up
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Where is screen magnifier for 16.04? [duplicate]

When I search for screen magnifier or related searches, I always get answers for 18.04 or 12.xx and those answers do not work. I'm viewing a document with figures that are too small to read, so it ...
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Time is hard to read with a light-coloured wallpaper

I have light-coloured wallpaper set and because the date/clock text is all white, it's quite difficult to read for me. Is there any way to either make this text either more visible, either by changing ...
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Ubuntu zoom feature misbehaving

I am trying to use Ubuntu zoom feature (18.04 LTS), but it's not behaving well. When applied to a window, zoom should also increase the size of the window. It does not, making the zoom feature pretty ...
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What is the status of adding mouse Click-Lock accessibility feature in Ubuntu 18.04

I'm checking in to see what the status is of enabling the mouse Click-Lock feature on Ubuntu's latest 18.04 OS. I recall that it was advertised to be available with the 16.04 release but the ...
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Does Ubuntu offer tactile sign language accessibility options for persons both blind and deaf?

Persons both blind and deaf often rely on tactile sign language, feeling the hands of the person using sign language (because they can't see the signs). Does Ubuntu offer a software that could assist ...
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How can I keep this menu?

I'm running Ubuntu 18.04, when I set the scaling factor to 1.25 in the GNOME tweak tool, this menu shows up in the top panel, but It hides when I set the scaling factor to 1.00. This menu is very ...
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Onboard wait'n'click not working

I have physical disability which makes moving with all my body very difficult, thus I use Onboard virtual keyboard to work with my PC using mouse only. My problem is that after installation of Ubuntu ...
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Is there a better way to zoom in?

I'm looking for a better way to zoom in, rather than using the default accessibility zoom in option because it's really buggy. Is there a better alternative? Edit: Just to clarify, I'm talking about ...
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Quantifying active screen time with dual monitors

I'm trying to improve my ergonomics setup. I've got dual monitors, and trying to figure out how they should be placed (e.g., one directly in front and the other off to the side, vs both in front ...
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How to use window menu accelerators/mnemonics in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS?

On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS I have used simple keyboard shortcut to set property Always on Top (Nautilus window as example): Alt+Space, t After next Alt+Space or right mouse click I see that window was set ...
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How to increase font size of preview options when using an input method?

I am using IBus for pinyin in Ubuntu 18.04 (Gnome), with the "intelligent pinyin" input method. The Chinese characters in the preview box are way too small and barely legible, i.e.: What I tried: ~...
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18.04: Bionic Beaver: Login Screen: Modify: remove all options for better security

It extremely bugs me the fact that default login screen on Ubuntu (now using GNOME) is offering too much for an unauthorized user to play with. I want to control and remove/hide items on the login ...
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GNOME Mag jumps to focus

Just installed Ubuntu 16.04 with the GNOME Desktop. I use the built-in magnifier and noticed that it's now jumping to the text input focus, which results in a lot of random jerking around the screen. ...
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Kubuntu 17.10 on screen keyboard

I can't seem to find the on screen keyboard in Kubuntu 17.10 with Plasma 5.10. Is there anything I need to install\do to activate it? I could not find any settings related to on screen\touch ...
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What LibreOffice (or otherwise installable) fonts are more readable for dyslexic people?

I am writing some study materials in LibreOffice for a dyslexic person, and wondering if there are any particular fonts I can use that will make it easier for him to read the text. Even if there aren'...
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How to use numpad as mouse pointer (moving and clicks)?

I want to use the keypad to move the mouse to all directions and right and left click. How can I do this?
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How can I limit a directory accessibility to only itself?

Here is the scenario: I have a wordpress project which is blog of my main project. Apparently that wordpress project contains a malware which edits js files and modifies the value of href links. ...
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High contrast theme causes missing icons

System Settings will lose icons if the Appearance > Theme is set to High Contrast. The Launcher can also lose some icons. Changing back to the default Ambiance will restore icons after a while but not ...
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Command line usage with dyslexia

I am new to Linux, and being dyslexic, find working from a command line a challenge. What aids or advice is available to help work with this issue?
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Accessible virtual (on-screen) keyboard on Ubuntu 17.04

I've just upgraded the Ubuntu in my notebook to the new version, through a dist-upgrade on terminal. In this new version, the native on-screen keyboard is, I guess, the Caribou, which is a "tablet-...
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two admins : can one admin prevent another admin from accessing his/her data? [duplicate]

In case there are two or more admins in ubuntu, can one admin prevent another admin from accessing his/her data ? Regards.
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How to change position Save/Cancel Ubuntu 17.10

The save dialog, position Save/Cancel button on the upper part of the window, cancel on the left and save on the right. I saw a big controversy about the position of close/minimize/maximize buttons, ...
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How to activate talking clock in KDE in Ubuntu 14.04

If I right-click on the clock in Kubuntu 14.04, then Digital Clock Settings, then General, there is a nice option there where you can choose the interval, and then the clock is supposed to speak the ...
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Easy way to quickly locate the mouse pointer? [duplicate]

I am visually impaired, and find it really difficult to locate the mouse pointer on screen. (I am running Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS) Other OS's have built-in methods to make the mouse pointer more easily ...
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How do I keep track of the cursor on multiple monitors?

Microsoft or Apple OS has a feature wherein shaking the cursor temporarily enlarges it until you see it, or press Control and a circle will animate around the cursor letting you quickly find it. In ...
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Visually impaired friend wants to try Ubuntu [duplicate]

I've got a friend who is using Windows 7 and I "sold" him the benefits of open source, and he actually wants to try Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (that's the good news)! The bad news are: he is visually impaired ...
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Unity launcher - Lock items

I just installed Ubuntu for my grandmother as it is easier to navigate than Windows and there is not much she can do to bloat it. The problem that I am having is that her "single click" is longer ...
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LIbreOffice Muffin is barely readable

I've been trying the LibreOffice ribbon equivalent, but I find the menu items almost impossible to read. As the screenshot shows, it gives dark grey text on a darker grey background. Is there a theme ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut for accessing the main (hamburger) menu in Gedit?

What is the keyboard shortcut or accelerator keys for opening gedit's primary menu (the menu that appears when the three-line button ☰ at the top left)? In older versions of the program, the key ...
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How to map USB button to act as the “Enter” key? [duplicate]

I ordered USB foot pedal/button. Currently it outputs the letter "B" when pressed. How to make it act as the key "Enter"?
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Why the Onboard on-screen keyboard doesn't auto-show in google-chrome?

I've got google-chrome-stable 59.0.3071.115-1 that doesn't auto-show the on-screen keyboard when clicking on the text fields. All other applications like firefox and gnome-terminal show and hide it ...
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Screen magnifier that also shows mousepointer

Is there a magnifier application for Ubuntu similar to xzoom but which would also show the mouse pointer in the magnified area?
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System Settings->Network grays and requires Force Quit

I have a new NUC7i7BNH running Ubuntu as a dedicated Roon Core (server). I am a Linux newbie, but managed pretty well with the help of this site. (THANK YOU!) However, everything was running fine ...
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Turn off smooth scrolling in GTK3

On a default Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial) installation, GTK3 applications (which include most of the default GUI applications) have smooth scrolling activated. How do I disable it? For example, in Gedit, ...
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How to select one paragraph of text with just one click?

Is there a way to select one paragraph of text with just one click? In LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox or Ubuntu Mate in general. I have to copy and paste blocks of text everyday and this feature would ...
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Mousekeys slow, cursor invisible [duplicate]

My trackpad is temporarily broken. I Googled how to move the cursor without access to the mouse, and found jawtheshark's answer here, which mentions using Universal Access settings to move the mouse: ...
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Disable Sticky Keys' “Locked After Being Successively Pressed Twice” Behavior

I enabled sticky keys for ergonomics' sake. The default behavior under Unity and GNOME 3 is that a modifier (or layer) key will be "locked" after being pressed twice successively, and a third press ...
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persistent accesibility settings

I am trying to modify accessibility settings using unity tweak tool to make the mouse cursor larger. It works, however, as soon as I log out and log back in the mouse returns to it's normal size and a ...
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Unity 8 On screen keyboard

When in Unity 8, there is no onscreen keyboard when I am using my Toshiba satellite without my physical keyboard. The touch works perfect but no on screen keyboard. In settings it says: "On-Screen ...
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How can I make text and icons larger on Ubuntu 16.04?

I am using a Thinkpad t460, 14 inch screen. Recently installed Ubuntu on the same. The problem I am facing is that all the text and icons are very small by default. The same issue isn't appearing when ...
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Accessibility: adjusting click drag delay in Ubuntu

I'm working with someone who cannot click the mouse button very cleanly, and thus ends up dragging icons off the launcher. In Ubuntu, is it possible to: a) Lock the icons to the launcher b) Lengthen ...
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Mouse clicklock needed for accessibility! Where is it? [duplicate]

Here's a news article: Windows-Only Click Lock Feature to Be Built for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS I have a disability and I really need this feature to fully use the computer. I've heard rumors that it used ...
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Accessibility click lock (drag)

I am a double arm amputee since 1979. I work in IT and manage a network. My primary desktop throughout the years has been Windows, if for no other reason, than that Microsoft did a great job with ...
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What is the Ubuntu accessibility for blind people?

Are there specific configurations and packages that could help blind people to use Ubuntu? Blind people do use computers, and Ubuntu should be accessible to everyone. It would be interesting to have ...
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Change screen to black and white for accessibility reasons

I need help changing my screen to black and white, but in a specific way. On GIMP, you can desaturate the colours based on Lightness (2) and Luminosity (3). I need my entire screen to be converted to ...
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How do I enable the touchpad while typing in 16.04?

Having the touchpad disabled while typing slows down my typing with onscreen keyboards like OnBoard. In 14.04 there was a setting for this in the mouse settings, but it's gone now in 16.04.
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Why is my computer reading to me when I am putting in my password?

It reads to me! I have never turned any reading mechanism on.