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Chapter 9. Making Your Mac Accessible to... > Configuring Keyboard Assistance

Configuring Keyboard Assistance

The Keyboard tools make your Mac easier to control for those who have difficulty manipulating the keys on the keyboard. There are two general features: Sticky Keys and Slow Keys. Sticky Keys helps users press more than one modifier key at a time because each key pressed “sticks”on. You can also configure Slow Keys to tailor how keys can be pressed to register them with the system. To configure the Keyboard settings, perform the following steps:

Open the Keyboard tab on the Universal Access pane of the System Preferences application.

Click the Sticky Keys On radio button to activate that feature.

If you want users to be able to enable or disable Sticky Keys by pressing the Shift key five times, check the “Press the Shift key five times to turn Sticky Keys on or off” check box.

If you want audio feedback when the modifier key is set, check the “Beep when a modifier key is set” check box.

If you want each key press to be shown on the screen, check the “Display pressed keys on screen” check box.

Turn Slow Keys on by clicking the Slow Keys On radio button.

To play a key sound each time a key is pressed, check the “Use click key sounds” check box.

Use the Acceptance Delay slider to set the amount of time a key must be pressed before it is registered. Move the slider to the left to increase the delay between the time the key is pressed and when it is registered as a key press by the system.



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