GWKB1066 : Window-Eyes and Mouse Pointers

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Raul Gallegos
Date Added: 04/02/2007
Last Modified: 04/18/2011

Window-Eyes and the Mouse Pointers

Did you know that Window-Eyes gives you the ability to hear the name of an active mouse pointer?

Why is the shape of the mouse pointer important? The shape of the mouse pointer provides sighted users with an important visual cue, indicating the functionality of the area in which the mouse pointer is currently located. Window-Eyes has the capability to announce the shape of the mouse pointer as it changes. For example, if you are browsing the screen with the mouse and the pointer comes across an edit box, the pointer will change its default "arrow" shape to an "i-beam" shape. This tells you that the area where the mouse is over is an area in which you can insert text. If you are running a program which goes through periods where it is busy, the pointer will change to an hour glass shape. This indicates that the program is busy and that mouse clicks or keyboard input will be ignored. You can think of the "hour glass" shape as a sort of "please wait" message. Once the program is finished doing what ever it was doing, the pointer will change shape back to "arrow" which is the default.

We realize that not all users care to hear the shape of the mouse pointer as it changes, so Window-Eyes has the option to change this behavior. Below are the steps to turn off the mouse pointer descriptions if they are on.

Turning Off The Mouse Pointer Descriptions Using Window-Eyes Version 7.5

  1. Press CONTROL-\ to open the Window-Eyes control panel.
  2. Press ALT-E to focus the settings tree view.
  3. Press M until the "Mouse" node is selected.
  4. Press the right arrow to open the Mouse settings node.
  5. Press the down arrow to select the Voice Settings for the mouse.
  6. Press TAB once which will place you on a list containing 6 options. Please note: If you are using advanced menus, you will need to press TAB twice.
  7. To turn off the pointer descriptions, use the UP or DOWN arrows to select the option called "On with Pointer Identification Off". For details of the mouse pointer voice settings, refer to the Mouse/Voice section in the Window-Eyes manual.
  8. Press CONTROL-S to save your settings.
  9. Press ESCAPE to minimize the Window-Eyes control panel.

Turning Off The Mouse Pointer Descriptions Using Window-Eyes Version 7.2 and Older

  1. Press CONTROL-\ to open the Window-Eyes control panel.
  2. Press ALT-M to open the mouse menu.
  3. Press V to open the mouse voice options.
  4. There will be 6 options to choose from. To turn off the pointer descriptions, use the UP or DOWN arrows to select the option called "On with Pointer Identification Off". For details of each of the six options, please refer to section 6.3 of the Window-Eyes manual.
  5. Press ENTER to close the list.
  6. Press ALT-F, S, ENTER to save your settings.
  7. Press ESCAPE to minimize the Window-Eyes control panel.