Questions tagged [accessibility]

Systems implemented to enable persons with various disabilities to use personal computers and access information stored or displayed on them. These disabilities include impairment of vision, hearing, and problems with fine motor control in the hands.

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Where to find in depth accessibility API documentation

I want to write an application that leverages the Apple accessibility APIs to embellish texts on the screen. My goal is to overlay additional information on text that the user is reading/typing. Apple ...
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Using a MacBook Air outsde ☀️ with "Inverted Screen Colors"

I occasionally sit in the garden, under a parasol, and am in very long and boring Teams meetings. I did a web search on how to see the screen better and found a tip Working Outside on Your MacBook ...
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Accessibility options for both external monitors on MacBook Pro M1

I am using a MacBook Pro M1 2019 with a Dell D6000 docking station. I have two monitors plugged in to the docking station and use DisplayLink Manager to "extend" one monitor, i.e. the two ...
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How do I stop an app from requesting to "control this Mac using accessibility features"

I am currently getting requests: "daemondo" would like to control this computer using accessibility features The problem being, that I have not heard of this app, and I cannot recall ...
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Turning on "Increase contrast" reduces contrast of tag and window button colors (Big Sur/Monterey)

I recently upgraded a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) I use at work from macOS Catalina 10.15.7 to Monterey 12.3.1. I have "Increase contrast" enabled (under System Preferences > ...
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Any way to disable Fade In/Out animation when between apps?

I can switch between apps with command + tab. I've already disabled the slide animation in settings: but there is still a fade animation when I change between apps which wastes half a second or so. ...
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Activity monitor style way to see Neural Engine load?

The question is all in the title. Here is the background. I am using an M1 mini with 8 GB of RAM, which is barely functional when I have voice control switched on, due to memory usage frequently going ...
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Can't use System Events when using Launch Daemons and Agents

I'm writing a little Go program that uses osascript (based on mac2mqtt): func getCommandOutput(name string, arg ...string) string { var outbuf, errbuf strings.Builder // or bytes.Buffer cmd := ...
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Select Latin American Spanish voice for translate feature?

In several macOS apps, I can select text, and then control-click and select "Translate ..." from the context menu. For example, here are screenshots from TextEdit. For Spanish, it ...
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How to remove "mysterious" tooltips on iphone?

Suddenly, the following tool tips have appeared above every single item on an iPhone. They appear above app icons, above each text message, etc I assume its an accessibility feature but can't, for the ...
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Can I force the reader skip certain characters when using (Speak Selection)

I am using macOS Monterey. When using speak selection I have found the reader reads out the names of certain characters when I would prefer they were skipped. For example, if I have speak selection ...
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Simulating screen touches with key presses on iPad

I would like to know if it's possible to simulate a screen tap with key presses from a Bluetooth keyboard on an iPad. Kind of like Bluestacks does it. I wouldn't mind it being an app from the App ...
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When I press command key text gets highlighted and enlarged - how do I remove this features (disable Enable Hover Text)?

When I press command the text in my mac becomes large. I've tried googling how to remove it and in system preferences too! How do I remove this? Also, I can't even take a screen shot because it ...
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Disable hide cursor in macOS Monterey

As I am type here, my mouse cursor(the pointer to show where user is interacting with GUI with mouse/trackpad) is hidden automatically. In the contrary, when I type in Chrome omnibox(AKA, address bar),...
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Limit web browser on iPad to a single web site (or a few specific sites)?

I know that iPadOS provides the Guided Access feature to limit access to a single app. Suppose that one single app is a web browser, either Safari or a third-party browser. Is there some way to limit ...
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Where are system speech voices stored in MacOS Monterey?

The default voices in Monterey are stored in /System/Library/SpeechBase/Voices/. I used System Preferences > Accessibility > System Voice > Customize... to install a few more US, UK, and ...
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MacOS >11.0: Is there a way to programmatically give an app Privacy->Accessibility Permissions?

Using only a command line, is it possible to add an app to Security & Privacy/Privacy/Accessibility shown below? Using Azure Pipelines, I'm attempting to set up a remote machine and it needs a ...
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Disable color cursor outline in grayscale mode

When the grayscale color filter is applied, there's an outline on the cursor and it's color is the color of what the cursor is hovering on. Is there a way to disable this? The reason why I want to do ...
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How do I choose the Agree button in the macOS Monterey licence agreement dialog without using a mouse?

I’m trying to reinstall macOS Monterey. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they have decided that the mouse won’t work during the reinstall process. The pointer appears on screen but the mouse doesn’...
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macOS reduce motion causes safari scrolling to be choppy

I'm using Monterey on my 14 inch M1 pro from 2021. There's been many threads about choppiness in Safari, but most of them say that it goes away when using Safari technology preview instead. I tried ...
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Internal audio zoom into Google meet

I hope everybody are doing great! Simple question, is there a way to show closed captions during a zoom call who the owner reject it? My friend is hard of hearing but apparently the teacher does not ...
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Is there a way to set the accessibility zoom increment?

In accessibility, you can enable keyboard shortcuts to zoom, and then use Command + Option + =/- to zoom in and out. But the zoom amount is too minimal, and each time I want to zoom in, I have to ...
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Can 2021 MacBook Pro be permanently set to have display brightness of 1000 nits?

It was promising to hear that the new MacBook Pros have a display brightness of 1000 nits (peak brightness of 1600 nits): However, a more recent review of the laptops said: but it's not quite what ...
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Is there a way to decrease display contrast on Mac?

I know you can increase display contrast on Mac in Accessibility. But is there some way to decrease contrast? Are there any third-party apps that'll do this in the case that you can't do it natively?
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route dictation to a background window

Using MacOS Big Sur. I am reviewing a document in the web, and it would be useful to be able to dictate my observations towards a text editor in other window. Is there some way to start the dictation ...
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How to enable Accessibility Keyboard for login screen from recovery mode

My macbook's (running Catalina) internal keyboard is misbehaving after a water spill. It thinks the ctrl key is pressed. With an external usb keyboard i am able to get to the recovery mode, enter ...
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launchDaemon choose shared file location that doesn't require full disk access

I've got an mach-o executable that runs from launchDaemon plist file, and is communicating with other processes using unix domain socket. The file that backs this socket created in /tmp. However, this ...
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Showing a better onscreen keyboard on MacOS

I am looking for an old style onscreen keyboard. Is this still an option on MacOS, or is there a third party application? Or has it been there all along but I missed it? It used to look something like ...
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How do I disable the text replacement of "the WHO" with "The Who" and "doctor who" with "Doctor Who"? (Easter egg? Auto-incorrect.) [duplicate]

I guess it's supposed to be a pair of cute Easter eggs, but I'm sick of them. How do I disable the text replacement of "the WHO" with "The Who"? How do I disable the text ...
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Screenshots aren't working on my Apple Watch

I have an Apple Watch series 6 running WatchOS 7.5. I used to be able to take screenshots by pressing the Digital Crown and side button simultaneously, but this no longer works. In Settings > ...
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Why does trackpad not work when mouse is not detected?

On a Macbook Pro 2018 with Catalina (10.15.7) I'm setting System Preferences > Accessibility > Pointer Control to ignore the trackpad when a mouse is present. I expect that when a mouse is not ...
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Using command line to activate Switch Control

To activate Switch Control in Settings, I click the checkbox located in Accessibility -> Switch Control -> Enable Switch Control (at least in Catalina). If I want a program to open Switch ...
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Toggle Voice Control with a keyboard shortcut?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to toggle Voice Control on and off on a Mac running Big Sur? Not Dictation, mind you... Voice Control (under System Preferences > Accessibility > Voice Control). I'...
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Is direct keyboard shortcut access to menu bar items possible on macOS?

How can I focus top menu: On Windows after clicking alt button one can see letters being underlined, which are required to push to open chosen menu. How can I open File menu without using a mouse?
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Reduce motion but reserve 3 finger swipe-up mission control animation?

In macOS Accessibility settings, there is an option named "Reduce motion", check this on will disable most animations in macOS, and 3 finger swipe-up to show mission-control animation will ...
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iPhone no sound on incoming calls in Guided Access

I've got my 88 year old grandma the latest iPhone SE and Watch SE and set it up in Guided Access for the Phone app (see attached for the icon). I also have it set up so she only receives the calls in ...
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Mac app similar to Scribble feature in iPadOS

I want to use a graphic tablet (for example from Wacom) to navigate through my Mac as alternative to a mouse or trackpad. It would be amazing if I could also use it to replace my keyboard for writing. ...
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How do you disable the new invert screen colors on/ off notification in MacOS Big Sur?

I've been using the control + option + command + 8 shortcut for some time to help me see text on websites that bother my eyes (this keyboard shortcut is enabled from the accessibility of the keyboard ...
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Removing dark borders from UI elements, including windows and buttons

I have somehow managed to configure my Mac to display dark borders around windows, toolbar buttons, and other UI elements, as you can see in the screenshots below: All apps are now showing borders ...
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Increasing the size of all content

I'm looking for something that works like "display size" on Android, "change the size of text, apps, and other items" on Windows or "zoom level" on Linux Mint. "Text ...
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How to use Accessibility Shortcuts for enabling Display Color Filters?

As part of my evening routine, I have enabled Dark Mode and Night Shift to turn on in the evening. In addition, I like to turn on the grayscale/greyscale color filter option in System Preferences > ...
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How can VoiceOver users activate links after the first one, in a message with multiple interactive items?

On selecting a message containing multiple links or other interactive items in VoiceOver, how do I activate any after the default first item? Suppose an iPhone VoiceOver user receives a SMS message ...
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Switching voice or accent during Speak Screen when reading same language

I hope to switch the voice on different languages via Speak Screen. It switches voice and accent on different sentences or paragraphs even when all the text is in the same language, in my case English....
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Why does my iPhone shift the screen downwards? [duplicate]

My iPhone sometimes shift the view down by about 1/3 of the screen in order to reveal... nothing, just the blurry background image. How can I prevent this from happening?
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Right click with Voice Control

Is it possible to add (or enable a built-in) Voice Control command to perform a Right Click in Mac OS X? That is, similar to the built-in "Single Click" and "Double Click" voice ...
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Big Sur - Accessibility Zoom not saving last zoom factor

I'm one of those who rely on screen magnification for regular computer usage. I recently updated from Catalina to Big Sur and now there is a very annoying bug with zooming. How to reproduce: Enable ...
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Applications require accessibility access when using keyboard shortcut created with automator macOS Big Sur

I made a keyboard shortcut through automator. However, using the keyboard shortcut with any other app open in the background requires that application is granted accessibility access in system ...
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Shortcut to a specific accessibility feature

Is it possible to apply a keyboard shortcut to toggle on/off a specific accessibility feature of Mac OS X, for instance the Switch Control or the Head Pointer?
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Can I make the Keyboard Viewer more readable

I am using the Keyboard Viewer in recorded video screenshots to demonstrate the action of keystrokes on an app. The keyboard window is small, the produced video is compressed, and as a result it is ...
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Accessibility > Menu Bar sizing does not seem to work at all?

I've recently acquired a 4K 32" display and decided I'll stick with 4k without scaling (IMO scaling is virtually useless for 4k, you can barely use the MacOS it's that sluggish, really ...
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