Mac OS X is an operating system with some of the most easy-to-use features for improving productivity and makes using a computer more enjoyable for the masses. The number of features can be daunting, even to long-term users. One feature that is under-utilized is Universal Access. Here are some tips on how using Universal Access can make life easier.
Mac OS X is often praised for its useful features and easy-to-use interface. Many of these features have even been copied by other operating systems, yet many more features are hardly used—even by experts. One such feature is Universal Access, created to help improve handicapped users’ experience. However, these features are not just limited to the handicapped; they are useful for businesses as well.
Universal Access is located in System Preferences, under the System tab. Here are some tips on using Universal Access to your advantage.
Zoom Zoom If you click on the Seeing tab, you’ll find a number of options. Under the heading Zoom, click ON. Now press: “Command” + “Option” + “+/-” to zoom your screen in or out. This is an easy way to enlarge websites or pages with small text.
Flash for error If you work in a noisy environment, or have the sound muted, it could be tough to tell when an error has happened. Universal Access has a tool to help. Click on Hearing and select Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs. Your screen will flash briefly, alerting you to errors.
Increase Cursor Size If you are giving a presentation or demo using OS X, it can sometimes be hard for your audience to see exactly where the cursor is. To make the cursor bigger, click Mouse to access the slider under For difficulties seeing the cursor. As you slide the slider, you will notice the mouse pointer growing or shrinking. This is good for ensuring people can see where the mouse is going and what files you are selecting.
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