Category: accessibility

How to Change Menu Bar Size in MacOS

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Do you find the menu bar items on your Mac’s display to be too small or difficult to read? If you’d like to make the menu bar size larger (or smaller), you can change the menubar size, which impacts the size of the fonts in the menu bar on the Mac.

The ability to change the menu bar size is an accessibility option in newer versions of Mac system software, so you’ll need to be running macOS Monterey, Big Sur, or newer.

How to Change Menu Bar Size in MacOS

Assuming you’re running a supported macOS version, here’s how to change the menu bar size:

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How to Use Speak Selection on Mac

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Did you know that your Mac is capable of reading highlighted text out loud? This is a feature that could come in handy for many reasons, whether you prefer to have some particular text read, for accessibility reasons, if you’re focusing on something else, for dramatic effect, or myriad other purposes.

Speak Selection does what it says, basically you select text on the screen, and then allow the Mac to speak it to you using text-to-speech capabilities. This is just one of the many accessibility features that macOS has to offer. With Speak Selection, Mac users…

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How to Use Offline Translation on iPhone & iPad by Downloading Languages

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One of the interesting recent additions to iPhone and iPad is Apple’s own Translate app, which allows for translation of speech and text right from iOS and iPadOS. This is Apple’s take on real-time language translations that competes against the likes of Google, Microsoft, and other third-party developers. By default, translation requires the usage of the internet, but you can use offline translations by downloading languages, which is what we’ll cover how to do here.

If you’ve been putting the Translation app to good use for communicating with those…

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How to Announce Calls on iPhone

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Did you know that your iPhone can announce the calls you receive so that you don’t have to see the phone, or take it out of your pocket to know who’s calling? That’s right, with this feature enabled, Siri will speak the name of the person calling you out loud, so you will know exactly who is calling. And you can even configure Announce Calls so that it’s enabled all the time, only when connected to headphones, or when connected to a car with CarPlay.

As long as you have a semi-new iPhone you’ll have his feature available, sine announce calls has been…

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How to Enable & Use Subtitles & Closed Captions on Mac

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Do you want to use subtitles or closed captioning on a Mac? Whether you a lot of foreign-language movies, TV shows, and other video content, or you want to use closed captions for accessibility reasons, you can easily these on the Mac.

Many people take advantage of subtitles while watching videos on their devices, whether due to hearing impairment or language barriers, or preferences.

Read along to learn how you can enable and use closed captioning on Mac.

How to Enable Subtitles & Closed Captions on Mac

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How to Use Keyboard as Mouse on Mac

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Did you know you can use your Keyboard as a mouse for Mac? This is an excellent accessibility feature, but it has some other uses too. For example, did your MacBook’s trackpad stop working all of a sudden? Or did your Magic Mouse battery go out? Whatever the case, you can control your Mac with just a keyboard.

For some users, using a keyboard is more practical than using a mouse, and that’s an excellent Accessibility centric use case for this feature. But there are also other scenarios where this feature can become useful. Perhaps you’re busy working on…

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How to Enable Announce Alerts on Mac

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Did you know that your Mac is capable of reading alerts for you, in addition to displaying them on the screen? This is a handy Accessibility feature that’s a bit buried in system settings.

Announcements for alerts is kind of a hidden feature that’s turned off by default on macOS devices. This is something that could prove to be quite useful when you’re busy at work or for Accessibility purposes, whether you have a visual impairment or just find the onscreen text too hard to read comfortably. With this feature enabled, you don’t necessarily have to be…

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How to Use Speak Screen in Safari on iPhone & iPad

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Did you know that your iPhone and iPad can read Safari content displayed on the screen out loud? This is a feature that could prove to be quite useful if you’re busy focusing on something else, you want an article or webpage read to you, or for accessibility purposes.

Speak Screen is one of the many accessibility features that iOS and iPadOS has to offer. Unlike VoiceOver, a feature primarily used by people with visual impairment, Speak Screen gives iPhone and iPad users complete control over when it is activated. You could get Speak Screen to speak content…

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Managing PWM on OLED iPhone & iPad Displays

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Some iPhone and iPad users are sensitive to PWM flickering on the latest devices OLED displays. PWM, which stands for Pulse Width Modulation, can cause some users to have eye strain, feel nauseous or dizzy, or have headaches from the screen flickering when using an OLED screen device with PWM.

All new model iPhone and iPad devices with OLED displays have PWM, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone X, and iPad Pro 12.9″ M1. The remaining iPhone models that…

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How to Enable LED Flash Notifications on iPhone

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How’d you like the LED camera flash on the back of iPhone to flash when a notification or phone call comes into the device? Do you place your iPhone face down on the desk? Or, do you keep it in silent mode most of the time? In any case, you might be interested in taking advantage of its LED flash for notification alerts.

Normally when you receive a notification, your iPhone’s screen lights up. However, that’s not the case if it’s placed face down. In such cases, using the built-in LED flash can be a good indicator when you get alerts. It’s…

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