How do I use my keyboard for accessibility with my Mac? That's just our type of question! (Sorry)

If you have trouble using a keyboard with your Mac, there are accessibility features that can help make things significantly easier for you so that you're not accidentally typing when you don't mean to and you don't have to hold down modifier keys when holding a key down for a while is difficult for you.

Here's how to set up your keyboard so that it's just your type — accessible! #sorrynotsorry

How to enable Sticky Keys

Enabling Sticky Keys allows you to type certain things that would normally require you to press multiple keys simultaneously by typing them in succession instead.

  1. Click the Apple menu button on the top left of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences.
  3. Click Accessibility.

    Click System Preferences, click Accessibility

  4. Click Keyboard in the menu on the left**.
  5. Click the checkbox next to Enable Sticky Keys.
  6. Click Options next to Enable Sticky Keys.

    Click Keyboard in the menu on the left, click the checkbox next to Enable Sticky Keys, click Options

  7. Click the checkbox next to each setting to enable/disable it.
  8. Click the dropdown menu next to Display pressed keys on screen.
  9. Click a location where the pressed keys will be displayed.

    Click the checkbox next to each setting to enable or disable it, click the dropdown menu, click a location

How to enable Slow Keys

If you have tremors or other impairments that might cause you to press the keys on your keyboard multiple times when you only mean to press them once, you can enable Slow Keys so that each key must be pressed for a certain length of time before it registers.

  1. Click the Apple menu button on the top left of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences.
  3. Click Accessibility.

    Click System Preferences, click Accessibility

  4. Click Keyboard in the menu on the left.
  5. Click the checkbox next to Enable Slow Keys.
  6. Click Options next to Enable Slow Keys.

    Click Keyboard in the menu on the left, click the checkbox next to Enable Slow Keys, click Options

  7. Click the checkbox next to Use click key sounds (super useful).
  8. Click and drag the slider to increase or decrease the key press delay. Left is shorter and right is a longer delay.

    Click the checkbox next to Use click key sounds, click and drag the slider to increase or decrease the key press delay

Questions?

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