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Apple OS X – Using the keyboard one-handed

Step-by-step instructions on how to turn on and use StickyKeys

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.

Instructions

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

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 then press the ‘ Spacebar ‘.

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 (highlighted in blue).

Fig 3

Click on the Sticky Keys ‘On ‘ button as shown in Fig 3 or press ‘ Tab ‘ to highlight the ‘ Sticky Keys’/ Off button and press the left arrow button to switch ‘ Sticky Keys ‘ on .

To use ‘ Sticky Keys ‘ for pressing more than one key using the modifier keys (‘Ctrl’, ‘Alt’, ‘Apple’ and ‘Shift’) simply press the keys in sequence and you will see them appear in the middle of the screen as shown in Fig 3. When you press the final key in the sequence it will action the shortcut. In the example in Fig 3 the ‘ Shift ‘ key has been pressed, then the ‘ Apple ‘ key and finally the number ‘ 3 ‘ key to action the shortcut that takes a picture of the screen.

To turn ‘ Sticky Keys ‘ on or off at anytime press ‘ Shift ‘ five times.

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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