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Apple OS X – Using the on-screen keyboard

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.

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.

Fig 1

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

Fig 2

Click to select ‘Input Menu’ or press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F7’ to highlight one of the three tabs for example ‘Language’ and then press the left or right arrow key to select the ‘Input Menu’ tab.

To turn the ‘Keyboard Viewer’ on click on the checkbox next to ‘Keyboard Viewer’ as shown in Fig 3 (no keyboard shortcut).

Click to select or ‘Tab’ to the ‘Show Input menu in menu bar’ checkbox and press the ‘Spacebar’ to select, Fig 3.

Fig 3

Click on the Desktop window’s close button or press ‘Apple’ + ‘W’.

To view the keyboard, click on the ‘Flag’ in the upper right of the Apple menu and select ‘Show Keyboard Viewer’ (No Keyboard shortcut), Fig 4.

Fig 4

The on-screen keyboard will appear and float over all applications, see Fig 5. To make the keyboard larger or smaller click on the green ‘+’ symbol on the keyboard, Fig 5.

Fig 5

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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