About accessibility for people with disabilities

Microsoft is committed to making products that are accessible and usable by all people, including those who have disabilities.

Accessibility features in Visio

Many accessibility features are built into Microsoft Office Visio. These features are available to everyone, without requiring additional accessibility aids.

ShowKeyboard shortcuts

Many features and commands are available directly from the keyboard. You can also view and print lists of all the shortcut keys available.

Get more information about Keyboard shortcuts.

ShowCustomization options

You can customize Visio to better suit your needs:

Size and zoom options  You can zoom in on your drawing to make information more readable on the screen. You can also make toolbar buttons larger so that they're easier to see and use. If you use a Microsoft IntelliMouse or Microsoft IntelliMouse TrackBall, you can scroll and zoom directly by using the mouse. For example, you can zoom in or out of a document by holding down CTRL and rotating the wheel forward or backward.Toolbar and menu options  You can customize toolbars and menu commands; for example, you might create a toolbar that contains only the buttons and menus you use most often, or group toolbar buttons and menu commands together in a way that meets your preference. You can even create a custom toolbar button or menu command.Color and sound options  You can view Visio drawings in high-contrast mode to make them easier to read, and you can customize the colors of Visio drawing pages and backgrounds and of Visio stencil windows and backgrounds. You can also add sounds to a Visio window. For example, you can have Visio make a sound to let you know when a window opens or closes.

ShowTips for working more efficiently

Visio includes features that can help you automate repetitive tasks or work more effectively. For example, you can reduce keystrokes by using the Format Painter Button image tool to copy formatting from one shape or paragraph to another.

If you use certain text frequently, you can store it in a convenient location and insert it into your document by simply typing a keyword. You can also use automation features such as AutoCorrect to automatically correct your capitalization and spelling and to automatically format punctuation marks, numbers, and symbols.

Additional resources

ShowInformation on the Web

If you have access to the World Wide Web, you can learn more about the accessibility features included in Microsoft products from the Microsoft Accessibility Web site. To learn about creating accessible content for your Web pages, refer to the accessibility standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.

ShowPrinted information about Microsoft services

More information about Microsoft services for people with disabilities is available in an appendix in the book Discovering Microsoft Office, which comes with Microsoft Office. For example, you'll find information about how people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can contact the Microsoft Sales and Information Center or the Microsoft Support Network. You'll also find information about obtaining Microsoft documentation from Recording for the Blind, Inc., for those who have difficulty reading or handling printed documentation. The appendix also describes third-party hardware and software products that make personal computers easier to use for people with disabilities and lists organizations to contact for more information.

ShowSystem accessibility options

You can set or change system accessibility options, many of which affect the way you work in Microsoft programs. For example, the Windows StickyKeys feature is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys at a time. When a shortcut in a Microsoft program requires a key combination, such as CTRL+P, StickyKeys enables you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously.