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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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Is there a way to get a bigger cursor on the login screen on Monterey

I use a 43" tv as my main screen running 1800 x 2800 pixels. On my account, I've set the cursor larger and with red edges to make it easier to find. But the login screen still has the default ...
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Zoom size and location keeps changing when I switch monitors. Is there anything I can do, or a way to get back to it quickly?

Especially after plugging in to a TV, when I go back to laptop mode, the zoom window is tiny. I would love to know a way to stop it from changing, or if there is a quicker way to get to the size and ...
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macOS Sonoma 14.4 breaks moving the "zoomed in" area while zoomed in

As of at least macOS Sonoma v14.4, part of the system accessibility feature of being able to zoom in on a portion of your screen, seems to be broken. Specifically it broke the ability to move the ...
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On iPhone 12, how can I have Gmail emails read aloud like text messages?

I have an iPhone with the latest iOS. If I give Siri the command "Read Text Messages", Siri will start reading the unread texet messages, from most recent to oldest. Is there a similar ...
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What's the voice command to stop voice-over midstream?

I'm using iOS 17.3 with my iPhone 12. If you enable “Accessibility -> Voice Content,” you can use a two-finger down swipe to get Siri to read what is onscreen (like your Gmail). Sometimes it ...
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Stereo songs are not being played stereo

iPhone 13 Pro. 17.3 If I play "Love me two times" by the Doors, or Money by Pink Floyd or, say, Bohemian Rhapsody - all classic songs that play around with Left and Right channels in the mix,...
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Increase Iphone "Silent mode" notification duration

On this device (Iphone SE 2020), you toggle the silent mode with a physical switch on the side. As far as I can tell, the only way to tell if the silent mode is on is to switch it back and forth : ...
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How do I enable/disable sticky keys programmatically?

I want to disable sticky keys on certain apps. To do so, I need a way to programmatically toggle the sticky keys settings. Is there a way to do this? I am okay with compiling a binary/Applescript/etc.....
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iPhone quick mute/unmute while in a call for the visually impaired

I have a visually impaired friend with an iPhone SE 3rd edition. He is unable to find the mute/unmute button while on a cellular or FaceTime audio phone call. Is there a shortcut or an easy way to ...
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How to keep assistive touch always active on an Apple Watch?

I'm using my Apple Watch to navigate my slides with hand gestures. I've set the return-to-clock feature to 1 hour and also disabled the sleep on wrist-down feature. However, the AssistiveTouch lasts ...
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Is it possible to change the text size in the Open and Save dialog boxes?

In the Finder, I use the View Options to set the text size to 16. However, when I open and save files from within an application, the text size is much smaller. Is there any way to augment the size of ...
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Is there a desktop manager/overlay that improves use of keyboard navigation?

For my current job I have to work with an Apple MacBook. The first thing I notice is the high reliance on the mouse. Which is quite slow/painful for me, knowing I need to be careful not to get more ...
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Looking for an on-screen way to trigger dictation in Ventura -- language processing disorder

I'm helping out a friend who has aphasia, a language processing disorder, who has trouble reading and saying certain things. Dictation in MacOS is very useful for him, but pressing specific keys on ...
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How to make Safari reader use appropriate language for website content?

Suppose that I'm a person who uses Safari Reader to read webpages out loud, and that I'm multilingual and like to consume content in more than one language. (English and Spanish, say.) If I set my ...
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Where are Mac Menu Bar icon files located (specifically, the Screen Recording/Sharing icon)?

In Sonoma, there's a new Screen Recording/Sharing icon that appears in the Menu Bar. It looks like this: I use a handful of utilities on my Mac that use screen recording to do their thing... most ...
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iphone app for equalizing left and right channel separately?

I’m looking for an iphone app that will let me equalize 7 or 8 bands, but with a separate equalizer for each of the left and right sides. Why? For individuals who have compromised hearing in one ear, ...
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Problem making custom voice control commands

I want to make an app voice control on MacOs Monterey. I have enabled voice commands. I have created my custom command and set it to press a key. Generally, voice control works. I can switch between ...
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How to hide the keyboard menu in macOS Ventura

How can I disable/hide/remove the shortcut to the keyboards? I have only a single input method selected () and I don't need this menu as it takes away valuable real-estate before the icons hiding ...
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Setting pointer size by application

Generally, I prefer to have the size of the pointer one notch above "normal," this makes it easier to spot in my high resolution display. However, when using brushes in Photoshop, this ...
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Is there a way around the minimum double-click speed being too fast for me?

I have a disability that makes it difficult for me to double-click quickly enough to be detected, even after setting double-click speed as slow as possible. Is it possible to set it even slower or ...
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MacBook Pro 13. OS 12.5.1 - Touch Bar broken, screen brightness on zero, can’t adjust

The Touch Bar on my MacBook has been broken for awhile so I have to adjust everything with trackpad. I turned display brightness down all the way and accidentally moved my fingers, so now I can’t see ...
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Enable mono-audio only when one earbud is connected?

I have mono audio enabled in accessibility on my iPhone because most of the time, I'm only using a single earbud, and don't want that to impact what I hear. That being said, from time to time I will ...
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Can Assistive Touch enter Command key or similar on iPhone?

Can Assistive Touch be used to enter missing keyboard keys like ⌘ Command, as if they came from a Bluetooth keyboard?
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Safari's Voiceover only reads webpage title and summary, how to make it read the entire page?

Macbook's voiceover is only reading the webpage title and page summary on Safari and stops. It's not reading the entire page from title to the end of the page. It works on Chrome, it reads the entire ...
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How to get TTS controller window on pre-Big Sur OSes?

In macOS Big Sur and onward there is a built-in accessibility tool for text-to-speech, a floating window with play/pause/speed buttons that can read aloud almost any selectable text on screen. Have ...
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in MacOS Ventura, how to create a desktop shortcut (or other non-keyboard shortcut) to summon Text-To-Speech controller? [duplicate]

A little background: I'm helping a friend who had a stroke a few years ago and who has global aphasia; as a result it's very difficult for his brain to consistently derive meaning from written words ...
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Disable language detection for "Speak selection" on macOS accessibility

On macOS versions up to Catalina the "Speak selection" Accessibility feature only used the default voice, no matter what language the highlighted text was. From Big Sur onwards, Speak ...
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How do I reassociate "Enable Smart Invert" with Siri voice command?

I recently updated my iPhone 12 to the latest iOS (v 16.4.1). Previously, I could tell Siri, "Enable Smart Invert" or "Disable Smart Invert" and the setting in Accessiblity -> ...
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Can I make the toolbar buttons in TextEdit bigger?

The toolbar buttons at the top of TextEdit windows are extremely small compared to every other app that uses a toolbar (e.g. Finder). Is there any way to make these buttons bigger without changing my ...
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Multiple languages, emojis and input sources in virtual Accessibility Keyboard in MacOS

In MacOS's on-screen virtual keyboard for accessibility, I'd love to learn about the readiness of multi-language support. More specifically: Languages other than English - is there some easy or built-...
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Fixing "not allowed to send keystrokes" error in Automator workflow

MacOS Ventura 13.3 but I have had some form of this problem on and off for a couple years. I have a simple workflow that types the current date in ISO 8601 format, it is a single AppleScript action ...
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How to fast forward in YouTube app on iOS using bluetooth remote?

I am using an ArcX (http://arcx.fit) bluetooth remote. I want to be able to hold left/right arrow to fast-forward and rewind YouTube videos. The commands sent when using the remote buttons can be ...
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Can't (re-)authorize any Accessibility apps on Monterey (12.6.3)

After a forced reboot (and another reboot for good measure), the applications I allow to "Accessibility" control under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy no longer ...
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How do I get Dark Mode on Apple's Numbers

How do you get Numbers to be in Dark Mode. (The OS itself is in Dark Mode) You can change the background of the spreadsheet buy use of Format Text But how do you get the surrounds to be white on black ...
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How to enable Background Sounds (accessibility) from Terminal or Shortcuts?

On iOS there is a Shortcut action for enabling background sounds. This doesn't exist on macOS 13 Ventura, as far as I can tell. I can enable background sounds manually by navigating to Accessibility -&...
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How can I access the higher function keys (F16 in particular) on a MacBook Pro?

I'm toying around with DOSBox in debugger mode and it seems that in order to break into the debug mode while running I need to run Alt-Pause which on the Mac is Alt+F16 (see DOSBoxWiki: Special Keys). ...
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Is there a way to securely log into a MacBook Pro without typing a password?

I have a motor disability that at times makes it difficult to type on a laptop keyboard. I am still able to use a MacBook Pro, especially when I connect it to an external keyboard. I normally use ...
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How to install macOS with no mouse or trackpad

I'm preparing a Mac mini for sale. I have no mouse or trackpad. Using just the wireless keyboard, I managed to reboot in Recovery Mode and erase the drive in Disk Utility. However, the Install ...
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How can I increase the font size for all programs without changing the resolution on OS X El Capitan?

I wonder how I can increase the font size for all programs without changing the resolution on OS X El Capitan. I don't want to change the resolution:
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Trouble with Custom Mouse Pointer Colors and Transparency / Mouse Over text

I use a giant cursor, and have it rendered as yellow outlined by red. Yeah, my vision is bad enough that I really LOVE those features! (size and color of mouse pointer) However, when I encounter ...
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Keyboard shortcut for Control in Spoken Content

Relative noob in MacOS world but trying to learn some accessibility for my daughter who is about to switch from Windows to MacOS. I can turn on the Spoken Content for reading out the selected text, ...
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Disable screen reading on iOS

My father accidentally enabled this feature on his iPhone and now we don't know where to turn this off. This button will show a screen reading feature I think for the blind or visual impaired people. ...
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Alter text size on Home App

Apple's Home app is difficult to use for me. In all platforma macOS Venturea, IPadOS and IphoneOS it looks quite good except that I cannot read the information - like the temperatures as the text is ...
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Is there a setting or app to make iPhone vibrate when a name or word is said?

My mother's new husband is great but very hard of hearing. This would be really useful for him and everybody else if we could get his iPhone to vibrate when people are trying to get his attention or ...
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How can I go to the Accessibility permissions section in System Settings (macOS Ventura) using AppleScript?

I basically know nothing about AppleScript, but I tried looking this problem up and found nothing that can help me. How can I do what is described in the title?
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How to toggle Accessibility features with AppleScript in Ventura

Applescripts for Ventura's new System Settings My old Applescript stopped working on Ventura. Any ideas on how to fix this script? tell application "System Preferences" reveal anchor ...
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Switch workspace animation lag (with screen recording)

Both my Macbook and Mac are suffering from a disturbing lag, right after workspace animation finishes the window gets its focus a split second late. During the time, the OS ignores any input, so one ...
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Ventura: AppleScript to Automatically Change Wi-Fi Networks

This is a follow-up to a post made about 2 years ago to use Apple Script to switch between Wi-Fi networks via the menu bar: Big Sur 11.1: AppleScript to Automatically Change Wi-Fi Networks My ...
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How to re-order the "Look Up" button when holding to select text?

I am a big-time user of the Look Up functionality of the iPhone, added in iOS 11. However, I don't like that I have to jump through hoops to get to the "Look Up" button when I hold to select ...
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Why does the trackpad not work when set to ignored only if a mouse is connected when the mouse is not connected?

Update: This is a question I asked before upgrading to Macbook Pro with MacOS Monterey. This now works as expected: If my bluetooth mouse is connected, the trackpad is off. If my bluetooth mouse is ...
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