ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, if I have disabilities, what options are available to make my computer easier to use?
If you have disabilities or have difficulty seeing, hearing, or controlling your computer, you can use the Universal Access preferences in Mac OS X to set custom preferences that may make your computer easier to use.
To get to the Universal Access preferences, from the Apple menu,
System Preferences... . In System Preferences,
View menu, select
Items you can change include the following:
- Switch the screen to black and white, or make other contrast
- Choose to make the screen flash when an alert sound occurs.
- Zoom in on the screen image to make it appear larger.
- Make the computer read aloud the text on the screen when you move
the pointer over an item in the Finder, Dock, or application toolbar.
- Make the mouse functions available through the keyboard.
- Turn on Sticky Keys or Slow Keys to help you control the keyboard.
- Turn on Mouse Keys to control the pointer using your numeric keypad.
In addition, you can find settings in the
Speech panes of System
Preferences that may help you use your computer.
For more information about Universal Access, search Mac Help. With the
Finder active, from the
Help menu, select
Last modified on December 05, 2012.