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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Input not recognised when using Switch Control remotely

Because I support a few friends with their iOS devices, I've been trying to figure the best way to circumvent Apple's limitation of not being able to remotely control iOS, and right now I am THIS ...
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How can I take a screenshot on an iPhone while Guided Access is on?

I’m trying to take a screenshot of a problem that’s occurring with Guided Access on my iPhone. Is this possible? I’ve had no luck with the usual method of simultaneously pressing the Home and Power ...
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Enable screen zoom via terminal

There are two accessibility settings (indicated by the red rectangle in the screenshot below) that allow for zooming into the screen by holding ctrl and scrolling the mouse. Is there a way to enable ...
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How to enable/disable suggestions for character alternatives? [duplicate]

I'm talking about the suggestions you (usually) get after you hold a key down for a few seconds. See image: For some reason they suddenly stopped working for me. I honestly don't recall changing some ...
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iMac 2011 27" Screen, Contrast Gone

iMac 27" from 2011, OS El Capitain 10.11.6. Tried to increase screen contrast in Accessibility pref. pane, but instead got almost no contrast and very light colors! Can hardly see the grid in Excel ...
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Photoshop CS5 can’t be added to Accessibility

I recently updated to Mojave and have been having the same problem with Photoshop CS5 crashing. Before I knew about adding it to accessibility, I downloaded Photoshop CC 2019. Now I’m trying to add ...
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How to enable mouse control (accessibility?) for Java WebStart application?

We have an demo application that our salesman launches through Java WebStart. It works fine, exception on Macs (running MoJave) for a section that uses AssertJ Swing to drive the mouse and the ...
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How to trigger enlarged mouse pointer without shaking the mouse

There's a feature on OS X at least since El Capitan, but possibly earlier that enlarges the mouse pointer when you shake the mouse. In fact, it's called Shake mouse pointer to locate (under ...
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Symbols appear instead of letters/numbers when typing on Mac

Im using a Mac book air and when I try to type something, random weird symbols appear instead of texts. The symbols "Œ„´‰ˇÁ¨ˆØ∏" appear when I try to type "qwertyuiop". I had already found a solution ...
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Enable “mouse keys” booted to installer/recovery?

The installer/recovery partition MAKES you connect a mouse. Is there any way to bypass this requirement (and enable mouse keys) while booted to the Mac Installer / Recovery partition?
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How do I activate the accessibility keyboard in the lock screen for macOS?

I would like to use the accessibility keyboard to both login and unlock my mac. I followed this guide to enable the keyboard at login which worked perfectly! However, when i lock my computer, it does ...
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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How to show NumPad on the Keyboard Viewer

I use a software which requires keyboard shortcuts on the NumPad. The number keys above the keyboard won't work. On a MacBook Pro, I used to be able to open the on-screen Keyboard Viewer and click ...
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Create a shortcut/widget to an Accessibility feature

I would like to build a shortcut to General -> Accessibility -> MFI Hearing Devices -> Adam Hearing Devices -> Stream to left hearing device, and toggle that off/on. I've been searching the Shortcuts ...
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Trigger screen touch action on iOS using keyboard

There is an area on my iPad screen which is rather difficult to press but which I have to press often. Is there any way of triggering some custom touch gesture on the iPad screen by some keyboard ...
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Unable to double tap on the trackpad to highlight multiple words in macOS Mojave

In previous versions of OS X, I was able to "double tap" on the trackpad and then move my finger to the side or down to highlight/select text/multiple text. I'm unable to duplicate this in the new ...
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How to make Trackpad scroll only in one direction?

When I try to scroll a text view using the Trackpad moving my two finders in the the vertical direction, it also moves slightly in the horizontal direction, which makes the movement to appear jerky. ...
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MacOS highlight individual words as they are spoken, as iOS

In iOS, it is possible to have the text read out loud using the built-in text-to-speech (TTS) while the individual words highlight as they are spoken. Like in this gif: (taken from this you video). ...
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Is it possible to reset Accessibility Application that have been changed due to learning how things work?

Is it possible to reset Accessibility Application? I want to keep learning about it but want to make sure I can get it back to settings that are not user configured.
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Home - Switch appears on my Login screen

I need to know what to do because I was looking at accessibility settings today and now the log in screen has this on it: Is this called a prompt? I was trying to learn the VO modifier commands and ...
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Make pixel size numbers in Preview show larger when editing photos?

I occasionally have trouble seeing the small pixel-size values that Preview.app displays while editing photos. For images that are close to 640 pixels, I like to keep them just under 640 so they ...
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Can you activate Siri over a bluetooth microphone without pressing a button?

I ride a motorcycle with a full face helmet and gloves. The gloves do not allow you to press the home button on the iphone despite it being mounted right in front of you on the handlebar. The ...
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Is it possible to show subtitles in an embedded movie in Keynote?

I have an embedded movie in a Keynote presentation that I’ll be giving to a set of people who don’t have english as a first language. I looked for the option to turn on subtitles but with no luck. Is ...
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Can't navigate dialog using keyboard only

I checked this other question and I have a problem navigating through dialog boxes that is not answered there. I'm copying + pasting folders and when the dialog "Stop/Replace/Merge" appears I can't ...
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How to correct “Speak Selection” and “Speak Screen” pronunciations?

I commonly swipe downward from the top of my iPhone screen to listen to Siri read the page displayed (enabled under Settings / General / Accessibility / Speech / Speak Selection), or I tap-hold and ...
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Cannot add any apps to Security & Privacy preferences on Mojave

I recently updated my Mac to Mojave. I have several apps (e.g. Dropbox, Backblaze, Stay) that require specific permissions that can be granted via System Preferences > Security & Privacy > ...
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iPhone8 vibrates in response to some interface - how to disable?

I have an iPhone 8 for testing iOS apps. It has some weird feedback feature, where the phone vibrates mildly in response to actions, like flipping on/off switches in the settings app. It feels similar ...
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iPhone how to disable “No speakable content can be found on the screen”

My phone randomly pops up “No speakable content can be found on the screen”. In response to some gesture. How do I disable this feature completely?
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iOS 11 stuck in greyscale

I pulled my phone out of my pocket today, and noticed that it was greyscale. I went into the accessibility options, and oddly, color filters are not turned on. In checking some other things, I ...
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Can I set up an iPhone 6 to use Bluetooth or speaker but never the earpiece by default?

My father-in-law has an iPhone 6 running iOS 11.4.1. It's connected via Bluetooth to a home phone system with several handsets throughout his house. He has hearing, mobility, and dexterity issues, so ...
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XCode Helper does not have the accessibility permissions needed to run tests

I am getting this error when attempting to run some accessibility UTs on a project. I was under the impression that a prompt such as this would appear: However, I am not seeing this prompt. I also ...
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VoiceOver Rotor on Mac… why is called “Rotor?”

I was giving a presentation on accessibility tools for the Mac and launched the VoiceOver Rotor utility. Someone in the audience asked why it was called "Rotor?" I had no answer for them. In doing ...
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Using Voiceover at login screen

I wish for my pupil to be able to login using VoiceOver. There are three user accounts and VoiceOver doesn't read them. We have used System Preferences to use VoiceOver at login and changed to ...
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How can I increase font size in Spotlight

When I write 7/3 in spotlight it automatically shows result but the font is too small and doesn't have enough contrast. Is there a way to increase the size of the result font or all Spotlight fonts in ...
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Why does this app keep getting its Accessibility API privileges revoked when my computer goes to sleep?

I'm using an application called Better Touch Tool which does keyboard mappings, and so requires that you give it permission to the Accessibility API in System Preferences > Security & Privacy. I ...
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AppleScript to turn on the Accessibility Keyboard in High Sierra

How can I write a script to turn on the accessibility keyboard present in macOS High Sierra? It's of course possible to do this by going to System Preferences > Accessibility > Keyboard > ...
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macOS grayscale except some apps

Is there anyway by which one can have grayscale system wide except some selected (by user) apps, on macOS?
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What is this macbook keyboard popup bubble?

While I am typing, my macbook randomly (to me anyway) pops up a speech bubble with alternative characters. I can be flying on typing the rest of the sentence before I realise a number of characters ...
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How do text sizes compare between iPhone X, 8/Plus and SE?

When considering a switch from one iPhone form factor to another, one of the importand aspect is: How physical text size compares between old and new phone (each of iPhone X, 8/Plus and SE)? How ...
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How to “Optimize for” an external monitor, downscale resolution but supersample for clear text?

I posted question here but got no answers -- https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8203211 ANSWER: Add a custom scaled resolution that's twice the resolution you want (for HiDPI / macOS retina). ...
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What do I need to do to be able to use keyboard combinations, instead of Touch Bar clicks?

I am blind user and I must use a program which is an accessible with Voiceover, the Apple screen reader. That’s why I need a way to press keys instead of learning to click something which I don’t see. ...
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iOS Smart Invert dulls colors

I use Smart Invert (Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors > Smart Invert) extensively. But when I enable Smart Invert colors become slightly dull, especially reds,...
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Mac equivalent to iOS Colour Filters (Tritanopia)

I have Tritanopia (Blue / Yellow) colour blindness. In iOS I can use Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Colour Filters > Blue / Yellow Filter to boost the relevant colours ...
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Does iPhone X support Display Zoom?

Does iPhone X support Display Zoom like the iPhone devices before it that are larger than the iPhone SE?
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What happens after you grant accessibility permissions to an app downloaded from the Mac App Store (Accessibility Permission = Control Over Your Mac)

I recently installed an app from the mac app store known as commander one from the mac app store which allows you to transfer files between the Cloud, Mobile devices and your mac, but as soon as I ...
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Documents where the viewer can adjust features such as size colour font easily

I'm currently working on an assignment for teaching and learning strategies for students with a very broad range of disabilities that can inhibit reading literacy abilities. I'm thinking of an ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac for command line program

I have built a simple command line program with Xcode, and I would like to access the NSEvent.addGlobalMonitorForEvents method. It seems like the program must be trusted for this to work. self....
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Ways to highlight during a presentation

I miss the old OmniDazzle product from The Omni Group that let us transform the mouse pointer in a variety of ways, some silly but some quite practical. Worked well for highlighting areas of the ...
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Speak screen saying “one dollar?”

Every few sentences, the phone speaks a phrase that sounds like "one dollar." It's not in the text of the screen. Anyone know what this is? This also happens on the Uber driver app when it’s speaking ...
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Switch between windows (not applications) in both directions

I can't switch between windows smoothly. On Windows I could use Ctrl+Tab to scroll through all open Windows and Ctrl+Shift+Tab to scroll in the other direction. On the Mac, I use Cmd+Tab to scroll ...