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How to add Accessibility shortcuts to the Menu Bar in macOS 12 Monterey

How to add Accessibility shortcuts to the Menu Bar in macOS 12 Monterey

Short guide:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Click Dock & Menu Bar.
  3. In the sidebar, click Accessibility Shortcuts.
  4. Tick the checkbox for Show in Menu Bar and/or Show in Control Centre.

Before and after

Images showing the Menu Bar before and after the Accessibility Shortcut has been enabled

This section gives you step by step instructions on how to add Accessibility shortcuts to the Menu Bar in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.

Open System Preferences

1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.

Open the Dock & Menu Bar settings

2. In the System Preferences window, click Dock & Menu Bar.

Find the Accessibility Shortcuts settings

3. In the sidebar, click Accessibility Shortcuts.

Enable Accessibility Shortcuts

4. Tick the checkbox for Show in Menu Bar and/or Show in Control Centre.

How to use the Menu Bar shortcut

5. Click the Accessibility Shortcuts button in the menu bar and select the feature you would like to activate.

How to use the Control Centre shortcut

6. Click the Control Centre button in the menu bar and select the Accessibility Shortcuts button at the bottom of the Control Centre.

7. Select the feature you would like to activate from the Accessibility Shortcuts menu.

Close System Preferences

8. When you are happy with your settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.

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