This guide also covers setting up switches (keyboard keys, assistive switches, or facial movements) to perform actions such as left-clicks and right-clicks.
This section gives you step by step instructions on how to enable the head pointer option in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.
1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose 1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu. from the menu.
2. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.
3. In the sidebar, click Pointer Control. On the right, select the Alternative Control Methods tab.
4. Tick the checkbox for Enable head pointer to turn it on. The pointer will now follow your head movements.
5. To change the settings for Head pointer so that it works best for you, click the Options button.
6. By default, Head pointer will use your computer’s built-in camera. If you would like to use a different camera, connect it to your computer, then select the Camera Options button.
7. Select your camera from the drop-down menu for Camera. Click OK to save your selection.
8. There are two ways to control the pointer- Relative to Head, and When Facing Screen Edges.
Click the drop-down menu for Pointer moves and choose from:
9. Adjust Pointer Speed to specify how fast the pointer moves when you turn your face or move your head. The lower the number, the slower the pointer moves.
Note: This option only applies if Head pointer is set to When Facing Screen Edges.
10. Adjust Distance to Edge to specify how far your face must be turned away from the centre of the screen before the pointer starts moving. A higher number helps Head pointer differentiate between intentional and unintentional movements.
11. To enable actions to pause and recalibrate head pointer, select the Actions tab.
12. You can assign switches (keyboard keys, assistive switches, or facial movements) to perform the pause and recalibrate actions. Tick the checkbox to enable the action, then select the Assign button and follow the on-screen instructions. Select OK to save your changes.
13. When using Head pointer, you may also want to use alternative ways to perform pointer actions, such as left-click, right-click, double click, and drag-and-drop. You can assign switches (keyboard keys, adaptive switches, or facial expressions) - to perform these actions. Go back to the main Alternative Control Methods screen, if not already there. Tick Enable alternative pointer actions.
14. By default, the switches assigned alternative pointer actions are:
To edit these switches, or to add more switches, click the Options button.
15. To add a new switch, click the + (plus) button.
16. Choose Physical Switch or Facial Expression, then click Next.
17. If using Physical Switch, press your switch when instructed, then chose the action.
18. If using Facial Expression, choose the facial expression and the action from the drop-down menus.
Click Done to save your new switch.
19. To edit existing switches, select the switch in the list, then click the Edit button.
20. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the action associated with the switch, or click Reassign to change the switch. Click Done to save your new switch.
21. If you’d like to hear confirmation when a switch is recognised, tick the checkbox for Play sounds.
22. If you’d like to see an onscreen confirmation when a switch is recognised, tick the checkbox for Show actions visually. Once enabled, you will see a circular outline around the pointer when you activate a switch.
23. When you are happy with your settings, click the OK button to save your changes.
24. 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.