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How to use the keyboard one-handed in Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

How to use the keyboard one-handed in Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Note: Mac key convention: ' Ctrl ' is used for 'Control', ' Apple ' is used for 'Command' and ' Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure ' Full keyboard access ' is turned on - you can turn it on or off; by pressing ' Ctrl ' + ' F1 ' at any time.

Step 1

  • Make sure you are in ' Finder ' - press ' Apple ' + ' Tab ' if necessary to cycle through open applications until you return to ' Finder '.
  • Click on the 'Apple ' menu or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F2 '.
  • Click on ' System Preferences... ' as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ' Enter '.


Fig 1

Step 2

  • Click on the 'Universal Access ' icon or press ' Tab ' repeatedly (you might need to press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' first) to cycle through the icons until the ' Universal Access ' icon is highlighted with a blue border and then press the ' Spacebar '. Fig 2 


Fig 2

  • Click on the ' Keyboard ' tab or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' (once or twice) to highlight one of the four tabs for example ' Seeing ' and then press the left or right arrow key to select the ' Keyboard ' tab.


Fig 3

  • Click to select Sticky Keys 'On' button as or press ' Tab ' to highlight the ' Sticky Keys Off ‘button and press the left arrow button to switch ' Sticky Keys On '. Fig 3
  • Tab to or click to select ‘Press the Shift key five times to turn Sticky Keys on or off ’.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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