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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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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Why does iOS Speak Selection read “2020” as “2020 inches” in English (UK)?

I've been using Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Selection to read some articles from various websites on my iOS 13.3.1 iPhone 8. Whenever it reads "2020" (without the quotes), it ...
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Setting up different profiles for left / right handed use

Im right-handed but, due to some posture issues, I've recently started attempting to use my mac left-handed. So it's easy enough to set up the mouse so that it's left handed, but I could do with ...
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How can I use cloud-based text-to-speech services as native voices in Mac OS?

I want to be able to use cloud-based TTS services (like AWS Polly or Google Cloud Text-to-Speech) as if they were locally-installed voices. I've found the native voices to be inadequate for some ...
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Disable automatic alt text in Word for Mac

When I paste an image into a Word for Mac document, it automatically adds alt text. How can I disable this "feature"? All the sources I can find online only explain how to do it on Word for Windows.
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How to reenable accessibility options?

For some unknown reason NONE of my accessibility options seem to work. I'm trying to enable Invert Color Display for example but checking or unchecking the box in system preferences has no effect ...
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Catalina - Apps that have requested access to your microphone will appear here

I try to grant access for google chrome or safari to my microphone and both redirect me to security & privacy section. There are no plus or minus signs and no apparent way to allow these apps to ...
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Tab Key Not Working to Select Controls

I have Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls selected in System Preferences, so but the tab key isn't working to select different controls (such as drop-down menus and checkboxes) in ...
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What is sh in the accessibility permissions in Catalina?

Not sure what this is, but I upgraded from High Sierra and it asked me to enable it. This isn't on my Macbook Pro running Catalina. How can I tell if this is needed?
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Enable RTT/TTY via profile on iOS 13?

My mobile provider (Vodafone Germany) does not seem to support RTT or TTY out of the box, thus the option to enable it is not visible on my iPhone. Is there a way to enable the RTT/TTY option by ...
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Can't delete Alex voice from the iOS simulator

I'm working with iOS voices for accessibility reasons. In iOS simulator I've tried to install Alex voice which is one of the most popular English voices. To choose it I downloaded it first. However, ...
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Using a touchscreen (ipad) without fine motor skills

Before my wife was disabled I did not realise how difficult to use a touch screen actually is - one has to touch an icon (than cannot be enlarged, apparently) for a precise amount of time, without ...
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Why is my Mac emoji on-screen keyboard appearing scrolled to the middle of the emoji list?

When I open the Mac emoji keyboard via ctrl+cmd+space, it usually opens scrolled to a particular place in the middle of the emoji list, rather than the top. This is annoying! This has been happening ...
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Prevent Zoom Picture-in-picture adjusted size and location from resetting

I use the zoom part of the accessability features of OSX, in Picture-in-picture mode. I like having a certain size zoom window at the center of the screen, and I know how to do that and adjust the ...
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Accessibility Inspector not working on Xcode 11.x, iOS 13.x on MacOS Catalina & Mojave

I am unable to inspect any elements using the Accessibility Inspector on iOS 13.2 and higher simulators running on Mac OS Mojave or Catalina. Has anyone else also encountered this issue and if so, is ...
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Spoken content has stopped in Apple CarPlay

Up until last week, when iPhone spoke screen it would play on car speakers when connected to CarPlay. Below is what screen looks like when speaking screen. I’ve got an iPhone X on iOS13. But suddenly ...
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Navigating between the different areas in Xcode with a keyboard

I’m looking to use VoiceOver with Xcode. Using just the keyboard (and with VoiceOver running) how do I switch focus between Xcode's main editing area, the project navigator, the issues navigator, ...
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How to launch the onscreen Accessibility Keyboard with a keyboard shortcut too? [duplicate]

With ctrl + cmd + space, macOS launches Emojis & Symbols, also know as the Character Viewer. Is there a shortcut to launch the Keyboard Viewer?
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Cannot pair Cochlear implant hearing device to Apple Watch

I am using a Series 5 Apple watch with the newest iOS, 6.1. I have a Nucleus 7 Cochlear implant sound processor which pairs fine with my iPhone. However, the Apple Watch cannot find my hearing aid. ...
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osx catalina accesibility color filters cursur redraw

I am Running OSX 10.15 (Catalina) on a late 2012 Macbook Pro. With the grey scale (or any other) color filter turned on, the cursor, after it is redrawn following display sleep, does not correspond ...
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How to enable virtual keyboard on macOS Catalina login?

I can not login and work on my mac. macOS seems to switch keyboard layouts on login for me on macOS Catalina. After I log in, my keyboard layout changes to the correct one. I need the keyboard ...
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How do you disable Smart Invert or truly invert all of your screen colors?

In previous macOS, when you used the Invert Colors feature (Preferences > Accessibility > Display > Invert Colors), all the colors on the screen would become inverted, including images, so a page like ...
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Slow down Siri voice in CarPlay

CarPlay can read back notes from the Notes app. However it reads the notes too fast. I've tried adjusting the speed in Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content but this had no effect in CarPlay. Is ...
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Universal access mode vs full disk access

Is universal access mode in older ver. of mac like snow leopard, mavericks, lion, etc. is same as Full disk access option in security and privacy tab in recent ver. of mac like High Sierra, Mojave?
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Is it possible to change mac accessibility settings with Automator?

I use the accessibility speech function to read aloud websites. However I visit websites in multiple languages (Dutch + English), and would like to be able to easily switch between languages with a ...
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What are the risks of allowing apps to control my Mac? [duplicate]

CheatSheet App, for instance, is asking to be granted accessibility permission. I am sure that permission is required to make it work but what are the risks of allowing that permission?
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VoiceOver reading results of Swift Playground print statements in Xcode

(By way of background I have been helping a local blind child learn coding. He's switching schools from a Windows based school to a Mac based school so I am trying to familiarise myself with VoiceOver ...
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Navigating to pop-up without a mouse

(By way of background I have been helping a local blind child learn coding. He's switching schools from a Windows based school to a Mac based school so I am trying to familiarise myself with VoiceOver ...
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Removing the preamble from the terminal prompt [duplicate]

When using the terminal with VoiceOver the prompt line can be too repetitive. Is there any way to change it from, for example, Admins-MacBook-Pro:swift-ios timregan$ to $?
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How to add a Service to Accessibility permissions

I have a Quick Action which I wrote in Automator (it runs an AppleScript). It is launching from a keyboard shortcut correctly (using this). However, when I try to give it permissions in System ...
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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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Horizontal scrolling not working in macOS calendar app

I have scrolling problems very often with the calendar app on macOS. It works "a bit" but get stuck into the current week, scrolling left or right will just bump but not scroll, driving me insane. ...
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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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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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