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What is AEServer and why is it requesting macOS Accessibility permissions?

As benwiggy already said, AEServer is a background process that processes incoming AppleEvents from remote Macs. AppleEvents are the underlying technology used by the Apple Event Manager, which is in ...
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What is AEServer and why is it requesting macOS Accessibility permissions?

AEServer is the Apple Events Server. It is used to control Apple Events that come in from other Macs. Check System Preferences > Sharing to see whether Remote Apple Events is turned on. As to ...
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Removing dark borders from UI elements, including windows and buttons

You have turned on ‘Increase contrast’ in settings. Open System Preferences, search for ‘contrast’ and unselect ‘Increase contrast’:
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

klanomath's answer looks good, but if you're like me and aren't as familiar with SQL, want more granular control (enabling/disabling individual apps instead of all at once), or want a clearer ...
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Pair a bluetooth mouse with the keyboard only

Found a solution. CMD+SPACE to open spotlight search. Enter "mouse" and select the "Mouse" system preferences panel (probably the first item that comes up). CTRL+F7 (or CTRL+Fn+F7) to change the way ...
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Horizontal scrolling not working in macOS calendar app

A stupid and so simple solution, which for months (if not years...) I didn't think about, is simply to right click in the calendar app (with the same two fingers you use to scroll). And that's it, ...
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What's the best setting of iPad for senior grandma?

There is a maximum text size when changing the text size from Settings → Display & Brightness → Text Size, however larger text sizes are available. To enable these larger sizes, go to Settings → ...
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Why does Dropbox require Accessibility?

July 18, 2019 (update) Found this related post detailing the behavior and another one from the same author explaining how Dropbox deceives the user into getting accessibility permissions.¹ ¹These ...
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Ways to highlight during a presentation

For Keynote presentations, by using an iOS device as a remote one can draw or use a ‘laser’ pointer on the slides. Although not as elegant as drawing focus to an element, it certainly grabs attention. ...
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How to show NumPad on the Keyboard Viewer

The can be done via a custom panel in the Accessibility keyboard.
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Send Enter key using the mouse

Something like BetterTouchTool can be used for this purpose. You can configure gestures and actions that trigger keyboard shortcuts. You could trigger something that simulated the enter key being ...
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How to automatically close an OS X apps after not being used for a number of minutes?

You could use Quitter by Marco Arment: https://marco.org/apps
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How to enable/disable grayscale mode in Accessibility via Terminal/App?

This requires developer tools to compile an objective C program. The program is based on this Stackoverflow answer. Create a file called grayscale.c with the following contents: // clang -g -O2 -std=...
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Ways to highlight during a presentation

Mouseposé When turned on, it dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer, easily guiding the audience‘s attention to an area of interest. Additionally, it has the mouse ...
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Horizontal scrolling not working in macOS calendar app

Rebooting works for me, though I'm glad to learn the workaround you linked to. For posterity, the workaround was to go to: System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad ...
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MacOS highlight individual words as they are spoken, as iOS

VoiceOver on macOS can do this. Use VoiceOver Utility.app to activate move highlight cursor by word Activate VoiceOver with Cmd+F5 Click on the text you want to read Press Control+Alt+A to "read all" ...
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When I press command key text gets highlighted and enlarged - how do I remove this features (disable Enable Hover Text)?

Sounds like you might have The "Enable Hover Text" option enabled. System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Zoom -> Uncheck "Enable Hover Text" Hope this helps
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Switch between windows (not applications) in both directions

Another possible option for you is to use Mission Control. Mission Control shows all windows as overlays on your screen. You can also set your Mission Control preferences (Apple > System Preferences ...
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Speak screen saying "one dollar?"

I can't really get the code of the web page/app, but checking older/similar JavaScript/PHP code of uber.com it seems to be a hick-up of the Text-to-Speech framework which probably stumbles over a ...
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Symbols appear instead of letters/numbers when typing on Mac

Your qwertyuiop result indicates that your machine thinks that both option and shift are being held down while you type. The symbols are not random but exactly what is supposed to happen when those ...
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Can 2021 MacBook Pro be permanently set to have display brightness of 1000 nits?

Hit 1,600 nits of brightness on your M1 Macbook Pro using the MacOS app Lunar.fyi Here's the changelog for the version that introduced the feature: Lunar v5.5.1 Probably shouldn't use this for too ...
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How to invert colors in Safari pages on macbook?

Switch to reader view and then you can use the text settings to the right of the search bar to invert colors:
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Which apps can magnify content on iPad?

The camera app that comes with all iOS devices with cameras can magnify images. If you want a live preview, you can also use accessibility on the iPad to zoom the display in many, many ways, as ...
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macOS grayscale except some apps

Yes, this is possible, though my solution is a bit hacky. Note that this method uses some undocumented Objective C APIs, and doesn't go through ordinary accessibility settings, so be careful. First ...
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Can 2021 MacBook Pro be permanently set to have display brightness of 1000 nits?

No, as display systems are designed to prevent potentially damaging screen states from occurring which is what a permanent 1000 nit setting would do the screen. This could be embedded within ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

Important note regarding AppleScript actions in Automator workflows.Hopefully this helps others who are looking for a fix. Assistive Access If your script uses things like tell application "...
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How to enable/disable grayscale mode in Accessibility via Terminal/App?

Note: The example AppleScript code was updated to handle the current latest macOS (Mojave) and add additional code improvements. On earlier versions of OS X/macOS you may have to remove of group 1 ...
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How can I set my mouse to click whenever it stops moving?

This is not a direct solution to your question but, I hope some of these suggestions will make your life a little bit easier. Mac accessibility features are awesome. Once you identify what your ...
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Pair a bluetooth mouse with the keyboard only

Patrick solution won't work on Monterey. But if you enable full keyboard access then you will be able to use SPACE to connect to the selected device in the Bluetooth window. To turn on the Full ...
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