The Universal Access Preferences enable you to interact with your computer in alternative ways to provide greater accessibility for those with
The options under the Seeing tab, shown in Figure 2.33, affect the size or contrast of the elements on screen.
Figure 2.33. The Seeing tab controls zoom and contrast options.
Switch to White on Black displays white detail on a dark background. You can also toggle the display between
The Hearing tab enables you to have your computer notify you of alert sounds by flashing the screen. You can also
Keyboard and Mouse
The Keyboard tab is shown in Figure 2.34. The Sticky Keys option helps with typing key combinations, such as Command+C, so you can press only one key at a time. After Sticky Keys is set, you can turn the feature on or off by pressing the Shift key five times in succession. You can also use the Set Key Repeat button to open the Keyboard pane settings to minimize accidental multiple key presses.
Figure 2.34. Change keyboard and mouse sensitivity in Universal Access.
For those who would rather use the numeric keypad than the mouse to direct the cursor, you can turn on Mouse Keys under the Mouse tab. Like Sticky Keys, Mouse Keys can be turned on or off by pressing the Option key (instead of Sticky Keys' Shift key) five times. The Mouse tab also contains settings to control mouse movement.
As we mentioned in a note earlier in this chapter, Mac OS X offers a feature that gives users quick access to common system settings: Menu Extras. They appear as icons at the upper right of the menu bar. A number of Menu Extras are shown in Figure 2.35.
Figure 2.35. Menu Extras provide quick access to system settings.
Each Extra is added to the menu bar through individual Preferences panels that
A few of the Menu Extras available under Mac OS X include
Clicking a Menu Extra opens a pop-up menu that displays additional information and settings. Items such as Battery and Date & Time can be modified to show textual information rather than a simple icon status representation, as shown in Figure 2.36.
Figure 2.36. Set the time or switch between icon view and text view.
Users can alter the order of Menu Extras by holding down the Command key and dragging an icon to a different position.