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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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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Use the new Siri voices on macOS to render audio files from text [duplicate]

macOS now has a few newer voices that can be chosen in VoiceOver Utility > Speech. I quite like the Siri Male (United States) voice, but neither the command say nor using Automator will let me ...
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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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LgHub asking for Accessibility features after deletion

I recently deleted the LgHub application from my mac, yet it keeps asking for Accessibility access. I don't know how it's asking, how to make it stop or what residue is left. I looked up how to ...
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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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Spoken Content on iOS 14 - not reading alerts

We are currently accessibility checking our iOS 14 app against the "Spoken Content" setting on devices It is not clear to me where Alerts fall into Spoken Content/Voice Over When an alert is ...
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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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How can I change the speed of sheet and other window resize animations?

Using MacOS 10.14.6. Flashing and animation can make me sick, give me migraines and nausea, etc. (I already use Reduce Motion.) I see a lot of advice suggesting variations on defaults write -g ...
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how to fix can't install packages on MacBook pro 2012 catalina 10.15.7?

every time I want to install packages for Xcode I am told I don't have permissions, let's say i want to install ruby from my terminal with rbenv there is always an error with permissions or cannot ...
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Only alphanumerics and some other keys work on magic keyboard

My Magic keyboard is acting very weird. The caps lock’s light is off and non-functioning. Mainly its alphabets + numbers, Enter , Cmmd work. But the tab, space and delete keys don’t work. The right ...
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How can I change the viewable area of my external display? [duplicate]

I dropped my external monitor and its top left corner is cracked. I no longer can see the top left section of my monitor. It's pixelated. If I'm in full-screen mode, I can't see this reigon of my ...
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Slightly blend stereo audio to support partial deafness

I'll try to explain my use case and what I think the solution is that I'm looking for. However, I'm open to options. Situation - I'm mostly deaf in my right ear. I can detect sound in my right ear but ...
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No Default Zoom in Private Browsing on iOS?

How can I set the default zoom level in Safari for private browsing? (iOS 14) When I go to settings, Safari, Page Zoom and change it to 150% it works in the "non-private" mode but is ...
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Change text insertion point size with defaults write?

I know you can change text insertion blink rate (or disable blinking), but I was wondering if it's possible to adjust the size of the insertion point.
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TCC is causing my mac to freeze for 5-20 seconds sporadically throughout the day. How can I fix it? [duplicate]

Sporadically throughout the day while I'm working on my 2017 27" iMac running macOS 10.14.6, the entire system will freeze for 5-20 seconds. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it, ...
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Force the use of a modifier key in order to drag/move files in Finder

Disclaimer: I have actual clinically diagnosed OCD, so please, excuse my request if you find it silly, thank you. Sometimes I misclick while using Finder, and as a result, files are dragged and moved ...
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Is there a macOS App or Extension to increase line spacing and letter kerning for Safari Reader View?

I love Reader View in conjunction with the "Speak Selection" Accessibility tool; I find that I retain the information more when I hear and read along with the text. However, the line spacing ...
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How to allow accessibility permissions from command line [duplicate]

I can give accessibility permissions to some programs by going in System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Accessibility, and manually adding the programs one by one. Is there a way to do ...
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Big Sur 11.0.1 - Spoken Text, turning off autoscroll

When using the Spoken Text feature, autoscroll is enabled. Is there any way to switch this off?
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iPadOS 14 keyboard-like Bluetooth device button remapping

I'm annoyed I can’t remap keys on a Mocuto 052 “VR remote"-like device on my iPadOS 14. I intended to use it with Procreate to have a physical access to undo-redo shortcuts and others. I ...
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Focus navigation with arrows keys

There is a handy option in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts named "Use keyboard navigation to move mouse focus between controls". It basicly allows to change focused control ...
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What is AEServer and why is it requesting macOS Accessibility permissions?

What is AEServer in the macOS Accessibility permissions panel? System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility > AEServer Why is AEServer requesting to control my ...
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Trying to Zoom (in Accessibility) the iPad Sidecar display gives -501 misc error

As per the title. My mac is 10.15.7 while my iPad is 13.5.1. Details: First set up sidecar. Then, go to System Preferences - Accessibility - Zoom - Choose Display - Choose sidecar display. Then, error ...
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Unlock iPhone via accessibility button press rather than “Slide to Unlock”?

I have an old iPhone with a shattered screen. I use it as a dedicated music player. I can comfortably tap buttons on the screen. But sliding my finger across the screen causes irritation due to the ...
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Accessibility — click a link/button by typing its text

Background: Voice Control lets you click links by just saying “Click <link/button name>”. Question: How would I do this by typing instead of speaking? (Siri has a “Type to Siri” option, but ...
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Is it possible to give/remove permissions to/from apps via the command line?

Logi Options seems to forget it has Input Monitoring and Accessibility permissions frequently, so I have to go in and remove the permissions and add them back to get the scroll wheel on my MX Anywhere ...
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iOS user css stylesheets for Safari

On macOS and other desktop systems you can override the CSS from a website and add yor preferences -- change the header font, line spacing, text colour etc. Is there away to do this automatically per ...
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How can I create a well-structured PDF with macOS?

I'm trying to put together a text-based PDF that will be read with a screen reader. In order to make the reading process as straightforward as possible I've used a hierarchy of three levels of ...
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shift key persistence on accessibility keyboard

I'm trying to create a key on the accessibility keyboard that enters two $ signs and then moves the cursor one space left. the issue is that this has the effect of highlighting the second $ as if the ...
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How can I determine the source of this permission message? “bash“ wants access to control “System Events“

I occasionally receive this permissions message in MacOS 10.15.5: “bash“ wants access to control “System Events“. Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in “System Events“, and to ...
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Create shortcut button to Enable Voice Control

Is there anyway I can create a shortcut button and place it on the tool bar for: System Preferences > Voice Control > Enable Voice Control? Is there already a keyboard shortcut for this? After ...
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“Type to Siri” input field focus?

I've setup "Type to Siri" in MacOS Siri and Accessibility preferences. The dialog displays when I use the appropriate shortcut, but the field is not focused requiring me to use the mouse to ...
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Speak Text not available in some apps? Add it back?

In many (if not, most) Mac apps that display or edit text, you can select text and have it spoken out loud, via a right-click or the Edit menu: Some apps that you would expect to have this ability, ...
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Automate the repositioning and refreshing of menu bar icons?

Background When menu bar items are rearranged manually using Cmd+drag, macOS writes a new "preferred position" preference to each app that is showing a menu bar icon. (This preference helps, ...
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Assistive device for the motor-impaired: how to interface with iPad's Assistive Touch from code

I have an assistive device for people who can't touch a screen, that decodes commands (like move left/right, click) and broadcasts them as UDP packets. On most platforms, say Windows or Android, I ...
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Applescript voice control

I'm trying to create an app to toggle voice control on and off, as for some reason Catalina removed the link between dictation and voice control thus ridding itself of the ability to use a keyboard ...
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Setting System Preferences via script

Good thing: I got a spiffy new e-ink monitor and it's going to help a ton with my concussion symptoms. Bad thing: It can't exactly handle things like video conferencing, so I need to switch back and ...
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How to read an epub file aloud in a language differing from the default iPhone language

I am running iOS 13.5 on an iPhone SE. In Preferences -> General -> Language & Region the iPhone Language is set to “German” but the Preferred Language Order is set to “1. English 2. German”. In ...
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How to make the colors of the Mac more dull/faded?

For more than a year I've had my phone in black & white mode and I find it greatly helps reduce the stimulating effect of using the phone, and makes me naturally use the phone less (and it's more ...
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Accessibility missing from the Privacy tab

While installing drivers for my drawing tablet on my macbook. I went to go look for the accessibility option in the privacy tab. In the image shown below, the accessibility option is just not there, ...
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Can't tab between dialog options on Finder's Replace File dialog

Despite enabling Full Keyboard Access for All Controls in the Keyboard settings, I can't tab between dialog options on Finder's Replace File dialog. This worked fine in previous versions of macOS – I ...
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What does “App” button in Home-Switch do?

Sys Prefs / Accessibility / Switch Control / check Enable Switch Control Home-Switch (depicted) window pops up with a button labeled "Application." It's supposed to "controls the application in use. ...
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How to Exploit Accessibility for Automation

Context I have an application (let's call it App.app) that I'd like to automate using JXA. It doesn't show up in Script Editor's Dictionary. I guess that means that it does not expose an api to ...
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Voice Control Won't Go Away

Somehow, I hit some key combination that seems to have enabled Voice Control on my Mac (10.15.3). Since I do not want Voice Control and the feature seems to take about 1/3 of the processor, I want to ...
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Enable trackpad via keyboard

I prefer to disable the trackpad on my macbook when an external mouse is attached via bluetooth, so that I don't accidentally hit it and to discourage me from using it, which I find un-ergonomic. ...
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How can I control my mac using only my keyboard? (e.g. macOS Catalina Voice Control with only the keyboard)

Preface: I am a fan of accessibility overlays, especially when they can be used to reduce the usage of the mouse pointer to control you computer. Now with the release of macOS Catalina, I think the ...

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