We build powerful assistive technologies into Mac to give people with physical limitations more ways to be creative and productive. Switch Control lets you navigate what’s on your screen with a single tap, and it works with switches, joysticks, head-tracking hardware and other adaptive devices. Features like Sticky Keys, Slow Keys and Mouse Keys let you adjust interaction sensitivities. And the customisable onscreen keyboard has full Dwell support.

Accessibility Keyboard Type and navigate hands-free.

Accessibility Keyboard on Mac

You can navigate macOS with minimal use of a physical keyboard. The Accessibility Keyboard is a customisable, onscreen keyboard that gives users with limited mobility advanced typing and navigation capabilities. It now includes support for custom toolbars and improved typing with auto‑capitalisation and better word suggestions. It also supports head-tracking hardware to move the cursor and select or drag onscreen items. And the Accessibility Keyboard has full Dwell support, allowing all of macOS to be used without ever needing to click a mouse button.

Accessibility Keyboard on Mac

Switch Control Navigate your Mac with as little as a tap.

Switch Control on Mac

Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with extensive physical motor limitations. Built directly into macOS, it gives you the ability to navigate onscreen keyboards, menus and the Dock using a system commonly referred to as scanning. Create your own customised panels and keyboards, system-wide or app by app, to provide you with the most efficient access to your Mac. You can use a variety of adaptive devices, such as a switch, a joystick, a keyboard space bar or even a single tap on the Multi-Touch trackpad, for easy control.

Platform Switching for Switch Control Use one device to operate any device.

Switch Control supports Platform Switching, which allows you to use a single device to operate any other devices you have synced with your iCloud account. So you can control your Mac directly from your iPhone or iPad, without having to set up your switches on each new device.*

Sticky Keys Press key combinations, one key at a time.

Sticky Keys combines your keystrokes for you by letting you press keys one at a time, instead of simultaneously, to enter commands. Enter a key combination — such as Command-S (for Save) — and macOS displays each pressed key, accompanied by a sound effect, so you can make sure the right keys are entered.

Slow Keys Set and adjust a delay between keystrokes.

Slow Keys adjusts the sensitivity of the keyboard to process only the keystrokes you mean to make. It builds in a delay between when a key is pressed and when it’s entered. You can adjust the delay and choose to have a sound play when a key is entered.

Mouse Keys Master your cursor. Without a mouse.

If you have difficulty using a mouse or trackpad, use Mouse Keys to control the cursor with the numeric keypad. Press a number key as the mouse button and use other number keys to move round the screen or to drag and drop items. Easily navigate menus, the Dock and all your windows.

Dictation Commands Quickly edit text just by speaking.

macOS has more than 50 editing and formatting commands. So you can turn on Dictation and tell your Mac to bold a paragraph, delete a sentence or replace a word. You can also use Automator workflows to create your own Dictation commands.

Resources

Support

Apple Accessibility Support

Learn more at Apple Accessibility Support

User Guide

Switch Control Getting Started Guide

Learn more with the Switch Control Getting Started Guide

Enable accessibility features on Mac.

  1. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  2. Select Accessibility. Then select and turn on the features you want to use.

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