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User Guide On Configure Basic Settings For Keyboard Accessibility On Mac

Configure Basic Settings For Keyboard Accessibility On Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

Are you trying to configure basic settings for Keyboard Accessibility on Mac? You might not want to use a special keyboard built with accessibility in mind but besides, want to use your Apple keyboard or MacBook using some adjustments. There are some basic accessibility settings for the keyboard on your Mac that you can turn on to make typing just a little bit easier.

Here, we’ll move through these basic settings are and choices to configure them for your accessibility keyboard.

Move to your accessibility keyboard settings

Every setting we’ll discuss stay in the same spot. So you can move there to get ready and follow along.

Step 1:

Head over to your System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.

Step 2:

Select Accessibility and in the Accessibility window, select Keyboard on the left.

Turn On Sticky Keys

Tap the Hardware tab located at the top and the 1st option you’ll view is to Enable Sticky Keys. But, what do you know about Sticky Keys exactly?

While using keyboard shortcuts, you’ll certainly view steps like “press Command + Shift + N.” (Such as modifier keys like Command, Option, and Control.) It indicates you should hit all 3 keys at the same time to perform all these actions. After using Sticky Keys, you can simply hit a set of modifier keys in a sequence besides all at the same time.

View the box to Enable Stick Keys and then tap the Options button to customize your preferences.

Then, view the boxes for those items you like to use. If you select to turn on the last option to display the keys on the screen as you hit them. Also, you can select which edge of your screen you would like them to show. Tap OK once done.

Turn On Slow Keys

By turning on Slow Keys, simply adjust the time for when you hit and key and then when it’s enabled. And of course, you have some choices to select from for this setting too.

Step 1:

Simply check the box to Enable Slow Keys and then tap the Options button to customize your preferences.

Step 2:

Also, use the slider to adjust the amount of delay you like to use and view the box located at the top if you need to hear the tap sounds. If you select to hear the sounds, just listen one when you hit the key and another at the same time it’s enabled. Tap OK once done.

Turn On Typing Feedback

Another essential setting for accessibility is to get feedback o0nce you type. However it means once you type, your Mac will speak what you’re typing. Additionally, you’ll also hear what you choose and what you hit on the keyboard.

Step 1:

View the box to Enable Typing Feedback and then tap the Options button to customize your preferences.

Step 2:

Here you can plan what you need to hear and how. Simply check the boxes for these items you need to use and tap OK.

Turn On the Accessibility Keyboard

To use an onscreen accessibility keyboard that is using with your pointer or trackpad, tap the Accessibility tab and view the box to Enable Accessibility Keyboard.

Also, it’s pop a keyboard onto your screen that customizes per your preferences.

If you tap the Panel Options button (gear icon) located on the top right, you can simply adjust things like appearance, zoom, toolbars, opacity, and much more.

On the other hand, you can tap the Options button under the Enable Accessibility Keyboard setting and check out Hot Corners, General, and Dwell settings there.

If you need to move a little bit further. Simply tap to open the Panel Editor. This amazing tool enables you to add custom panels to the accessibility keyboard (or if you use Switch Control). However, you can also configure actions and tasks, add the buttons you like to use, control the appearance, and much more.

Also, you can select to view the panel for particular applications you select from the drop-down list. Also, you get to all custom panels you create using the Panel Options button on the accessibility keyboard.

Conclusion:

Here’s all about “Configure Basic Settings For Keyboard Accessibility”. If you want your keyboard to work for you then it is one of those Mac customizations you just take the time to adjust. Also, with the accessibility keyboard choices, you have some best flexibility.

I hope this article helps you to configure basic settings for keyboard accessibility. In case you face any difficulty or have any doubts, feel free to comment us down the section below.

Till then! Stay Safe 😷

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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