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Windows XP Explained

A guide for blind and visually impaired users

Windows XP Explained cover. Link to larger image.Dr Sarah Morley
Published by the Royal National Institute of the Blind, UK, 2002
© Sarah Morley 2002

Sarah has developed a remarkable insight and understanding of how you perform tasks when you can't see the screen. Her books have become the computer-bible for users and trainers alike." British Computer Association of the Blind, 2002.

This book describes Microsoft Windows XP for blind and visually impaired computer users, enabling them to take full advantage of this new version of Windows when using it with assistive technology.

This is the fourth in the series of award-winning books on Windows for blind and visually impaired users by Dr. Sarah Morley, and 'Windows XP Explained' continues to fill an important gap in the Microsoft Windows literature.

It explains basic computer terminology and Windows concepts, and goes on to cover more advanced Windows XP functionality. It describes objects and tasks from a non-visual perspective with full details of keyboard commands, and is written specifically for blind and visually impaired users who are not necessarily looking at the screen or using a mouse.

This book provides blind and visually impaired users with a thorough grounding in Windows XP, and enables them to work comfortably in Windows XP with whatever assistive technology they are using.

Picture of a braille tactile diagram showing the Start menu.

Photo caption: A picture of a braille tactile diagram showing the Start menu.

Who should read this book?

  • Blind and visually impaired computer users
  • Those training or working with blind and visually impaired computer users
  • Those new to Windows and those who need to know the more advanced features of Windows XP from a non-visual perspective

The book is available in print, braille, on tape and on disk, with accompanying large print and braille tactile diagrams which are fully described in the book itself.

View the table of contents.


Book Formats (£10 any format)

  • Print (196 pages, size 14-point), contains regular print graphics
  • Disk (floppy containing plain text and html files)
  • Braille (grade 2, 3 volumes)
  • Tape (6 cassettes)

Diagram Formats (£8 either format)

  • Braille Tactile Diagrams (1 volume, 23 graphics)
  • Large Print Diagrams (23 enlarged graphics)

Special offer

Save £3: Buy one book and one set of diagrams as a package for only £15.

See the list of distributors. Please note that export prices are likely to be higher than those listed here; contact distributors for details of prices in other countries.


  • Print 1-85878-539-1
  • Braille 1-85878-540-5
  • Tape 1-85878-541-3
  • Disk 1-85878-542-1
  • Large Print Diagrams 1-85878-543-X
  • Braille Tactile Diagrams 1-85878-544-8

This book has been published in large print, braille, tape and disk for the benefit of blind and visually impaired readers, and must not be edited, abridged, reproduced in any form, translated or distributed without written permission from the publisher and author. Please contact the publisher with all enquiries: Customer Services (Windows XP Explained), RNIB, PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 6WS, UK. The Royal National Institute of the Blind and National Braille Press are authorised distributors providing these materials at subsidised rates. If you find these materials for sale at higher prices elsewhere, please contact the author.