Accessibility features in WordPerfect Office - Part 1

Accessibility features in WordPerfect Office

by Laura Acklen



By providing enhanced accessibility features in WordPerfect® Office, Corel demonstrates its commitment to promoting quality of life, employability, and independence for persons with disabilities.
Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act provides guidelines for eliminating barriers in information technology, to provide new opportunities to people with disabilities, and to encourage the development of technologies that help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Corel is committed to ensuring that its products meet these accessibility guidelines.
Described below are only a few of the features that make it easy for you to access WordPerfect Office commands and increase your efficiency in performing tasks. By exploring the Help system of each application, you can learn more about enhancing and customizing your WordPerfect Office workspace.

Accessibility features in WordPerfect®

WordPerfect is equipped with built-in accessibility features that let you customize your workspace and perform tasks more efficiently. These features include changing the magnification level of the document, creating custom toolbars, assigning keyboard shortcuts, and using QuickWords™.


Changing the magnification level

You can easily zoom into the document as you work. In addition to preset zoom percentage levels, WordPerfect offers several other presets, as well as user-defined zoom options.



To enlarge or reduce the page display, the document must be in Draft or Page view.
  1. Click View > Zoom.
  2. Enable one of the following options:
    • Margin width — enlarges the text by displaying it within the complete available window space, with minimal white space to the right and left
    • Page width — enlarges the page, including margins, to occupy most of the window
    • Full page — displays all page margins in the document window (the text gets smaller so that the full page can be displayed)
    • Other — lets you enter a custom zoom percentage


Creating custom toolbars

You can customize your workspace by creating custom toolbars that let you quickly access the features, keystrokes, commands, and macros you use the most.


1. Click Tools > Settings.
2. Click Customize.
3. In the Customize Settings dialog box, click the Toolbars tab.
4. Click Create.
5. In the Create Toolbar dialog box, type a name for the toolbar in the New Toolbar name box.
6. Click OK.
7. In the Toolbar Editor dialog box, choose a category from the Feature categories list box.
8. Choose a feature from the Features list.
9. Click Add.

Assigning shortcut keys

WordPerfect provides default shortcut keys to help you work more efficiently. You can also assign your own shortcut keys to the features and macros you use the most.


1. Click Tools > Settings.
2. Click Customize.
3. In the Customize Settings dialog box, click the Keyboards tab.
4. Choose a keyboard from the Available keyboards list.
5. Click Edit.
6. In the Keyboard shortcuts dialog box, choose a shortcut key from the Choose a shortcut key list.
7. On the Features tab, choose a category from the Features categories list box.
8. Choose a feature from the Assign a feature to the shortcut key list.
9. Click Assign feature to key.

Using QuickWords™

For those with reduced mobility, the QuickWords feature lets you insert words or strings of text into a document by typing an abbreviation. When you type the abbreviation, QuickWords automatically expands it. For example, you can have "‘cc" represent "Corel Corporation." When you type "cc," "Corel Corporation" appears in the document. When you use QuickWords, the abbreviation or string you type is not case-sensitive. For example, typing "cc" produces the same result as typing "CC."



You can easily customize the QuickWords list by adding your own words and abbreviations:
  1. Select a word or phrase.
  2. Click Tools > QuickWords.
  3. Type a word to represent the word or phrase in the Abbreviated form box.
  4. Click Add entry.


View Part two of Accessibility Features in WordPerfect Office here:


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