Use Apple’s innovative macOS Accessibility features to your benefit

“Chances are when you open System Preferences you don’t venture into the Accessibility pane. And that’s fine – after all, that area of macOS is primarily designed for people with additional assistive needs when it comes to interacting with computers,” Craig Grannell writes for Intego. “However, primarily is the key word there, because accessibility controls can potentially benefit every Mac user.”

“Reduce motion lessens animation peppered throughout macOS (although does not remove it all),” Grannell writes. “In the Display section of Accessibility, turn on Reduce transparency. Semi-transparent panes and toolbars will become solid (as will the macOS menu bar and its menus, which are otherwise also semi-transparent). On older hardware, this might improve performance slightly.”

“If you’re often losing track of the pointer – easy to do on a larger display – adjust the Cursor size value,” Grannell writes. “Normal is the default size; Large is huge. You might find something in-between suits.”

More ways to use your Mac’s Accessibility features to your benefit in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Also, check out Accessibility in iOS for your iPhone and iPad:

Settings > General > Accessibility

There are a ton of useful Accessibility features on macOS and iOS, so explore! We often use iOS’ “Magnifier” Accessibility feature on our iPhones to read fine print, like model numbers on iPhones, for example.

Apple wins kudos for accessibility and smart home tech empowering people with disabilities – May 18, 2017
Stevie Wonder thanks Steve Jobs, praises Apple for iOS accessibility – September 15, 2011


  1. Go to the Accessibility pane and scroll to the bottom to find the Accessibility Shortcut option.

    Here, you can set an option for when you triple-tap the Home button (which I guess will be moot with the iPhone X, but…).

    I have it set to invert colors, which is great for reading at night or in the dark. Changing the background from white to black is helpful on the eyes. “Night Mode” barely cuts it.

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