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9. System Preferences > Universal Access

Universal Access

The Universal Access panel is designed for people who type with one hand, find it difficult to use a mouse, or have trouble seeing or hearing. (These features can also be handy when the mouse is broken or missing.)

Seeing Tab (Magnifying the Screen)

If you have trouble seeing the screen, then boy, does Mac OS X have features for you (Figure 9-15).

VoiceOver

One option is an all-new feature called VoiceOver, which makes the Mac read out loud every bit of text that’s on the screen. VoiceOver is described in Announce when an application requires your attention.

Magnify the screen

Another quick solution is to reduce your monitor’s resolution—thus magnifying the image—using the Displays panel described earlier in this chapter. If you have a 17-inch or larger monitor set to, say, 640 x 480, the result is a greatly magnified picture.


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