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Enable the Talking Calculator in Mac OS X

Jul 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Use the Talking Calculator in Mac OS X

Talking calculators are very useful, whether for accessibility reasons or just for entering a lot of numbers that you want to be sure are correct by hearing the auditory response. Thanks to the Mac’s excellent text-to-speech abilities and a simple settings adjustment, you can transform the bundled Calculator app in Mac OS X into a … Read More

How to Enable & Use the Virtual Keyboard in Mac OS X

Jun 21, 2013 - 3 Comments
Enable the virtual keyboard input in Mac OS X

The Virtual Keyboard feature of OS X is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a software-based keyboard that can be used as an auxiliary onscreen keyboard to type anything on a Mac. These virtual keys are pressable by clicking on them with a cursor, rather than tapping the physical keys on a hardware keyboard. Enabling … Read More

Enable a Screen Flash for Alert Notifications in Mac OS X

Apr 10, 2013 - 1 Comment
Flash the screen for alerts in Mac OS X

A little-known screen flashing feature exists in Mac OS X that provides an alternative way of being notified of system alerts, meaning that anytime you’d typically hear the general system sound effect feedback, see a bouncing Dock icon, or have a new icon badge appear, the screen will briefly flash instead. The screen flash is … Read More

Show a Phone Number in Huge Text for Easier Viewing in Contacts App for OS X

Mar 15, 2013 - 8 Comments
Show phone number in larger type

If you’ve ever needed to retrieve a phone number from Contacts (once called Address Book) in Mac OS X, you’ve probably noticed the phone numbers are shown quite small. On larger screens that’s not too big a big deal, but on smaller screen Macs and those with high resolutions, it can be really quite small. … Read More

Adjust the Size of the Mouse Pointer in OS X Mountain Lion

Feb 21, 2013 - 8 Comments
Larger cursor size in Mac OS X

Adjusting the mouse pointer sizes is a simple way to greatly improve accessibility for individuals with visual impairments. But the most frequent uses though, having a less dramatic difference with just a slightly larger cursor can be a nice way to ease locating the pointer on extra large screens or during presentations. Where to change … Read More

Change the Home Button Click Speed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Nov 13, 2012 - 3 Comments
Change the Home Button click speed in iOS

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you probably know by now that double-clicking and triple-clicking the Home button is required to perform some actions in iOS, like bringing up lock screen music controls, showing the multitasking bar, inverting the screen, enabling zoom, summoning Assistive Touch, or even turning on Guided Access to … Read More

Navigate iPad & Switch Apps with Shortcuts and an External Keyboard

Oct 1, 2012 - 12 Comments
iPad keyboard navigation commands

Did you know you can navigate around the iPad using only a keyboard, without touching the screen at all? It’s part of iOS Accessibility options, and using keyboard navigation makes the iPad feel a lot more like a traditional computer, even sharing some of the keyboard shortcuts that Macs have to do things like the … Read More

How to Invert the Mac Screen Colors in OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Sep 10, 2012 - 6 Comments
Invert the screen colors in OS X Mountain Lion

Inverting the colors of a Mac display is a fairly common accessibility feature, and it’s also pretty handy for when you’re reading at night because it puts most screen text into a white on black mode like iOS.

Instantly Summon Accessibility Options from Anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion

Aug 17, 2012 - 2 Comments
Accessibility Options panel in OS X

OS X Mountain Lion makes it easier and faster than ever to access and tweak Accessibility Options from anywhere on the Mac. Just hit Command+Option+F5 and a preference window will instantly appear that allows you to adjust commonly used Accessibility features. The settings list includes enabling zoom from keyboard or scrolling, enabling and disabling VoiceOver, … Read More

Enable Closed Captioning on iPhone, iPad, and in iTunes

Jun 6, 2012 - 4 Comments
Enable Closed Captioning of videos in iOS

Closed Captioning places written text at the bottom of video content, allowing for anyone to read along with the video rather than listen to the audio. This is an essential feature for certain accessibility purposes and for individuals who are hard of hearing, but it’s also just a useful feature to enable if you want … Read More

How to Enable and Use Text to Speech on iPhone & iPad

May 30, 2012 - 19 Comments
Text to Speech in iOS

The newer versions of iOS include a fantastic text to speech engine that lets you select any text and have it spoken to you. This basically means you can have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch read you the content of any web page, notes, text files, or even eBooks and iBooks. Before you can … Read More

Use a Zoom Window in Mac OS X

Jan 23, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Enable Picture in Picture zoom window in Mac OS X

Another option when enabling zoom in OS X Lion and other newer OS X versions like Mavericks is to use a smaller floating zoom window, rather than zooming into the entire screen. This little zoom box appears on screen in a little rectangular floating window that zooms in on whatever elements it’s hovered over. Some … Read More

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