Assistance for everyone: How to use the macOS 11 accessibility features

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If you only need different accessibility features occasionally, you should enable the accessibility shortcuts in the menu bar and / or in the control center. This saves you having to go through the system settings, for example to switch the keyboard mouse (see tip 11) on or off again.

Open the System Preferences “Dock & Menu Bar”, switch to the “Accessibility Shortcuts” area in the sidebar and select the options you want.

You can also access the most important accessibility features of macOS directly from the menu bar.

Alternatively, you can also display the “Control for accessibility” dialog by pressing a button. By default, this is done with Option + Cmd + F5. You activate or change the abbreviation in the “Keyboard” system setting in the “Shortcuts” tab under “Accessibility”. On Macs with Touch ID, you can access the dialog by pressing the Touch ID button three times in quick succession. In recovery mode, the shortcut activates VoiceOver directly. If you only need certain accessibility options in quick access, hide all unused ones in the Accessibility preferences in the “Shortcut” area to make the menu clearer.

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