This section gives you step by step instructions on how to create Panels for using with Switch Control and the Accessibility Keyboard 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 System Preferences from the menu.
2. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.
3. In the sidebar, choose Keyboard to create panels for the Accessibility Keyboard or choose Switch Control to create panels for Switch Control.
The steps for opening the panel editor are different for the Accessibility Keyboard and Switch Control.
4.a. To open the Accessibility Keyboard panel editor, select the Viewer tab, then click the Panel Editor button.
4.b. To open the Switch Control panel editor, select the General tab, then click the Panel Editor button.
6. The panel editor has a collection of ready-made panels for you to use. These include panels for Dwell Control, Typing suggestions and different keyboard layouts. To add one to the canvas (the area with the grid pattern), click Add Panel in the toolbar and select one of the options.
7. You can click on any of the buttons to edit, resize or reposition them.
7. To create a blank panel that you can add your own buttons to, click Add Panel in the toolbar and select Empty.
8. To give your panel a unique name, select the current name ("Empty") in the sidebar, then press the Enter key to edit it. Press Enter again to save the new name.
9. To add a button to a panel, click Add Button. You can resize and reposition the button on the canvas.
If you want to remove a button from the canvas, first, select it, then press the Backspace key. Or select the button, then click Edit > Delete in the menu bar.
10. To assign the action you want this button to perform, select the button on the canvas. In the right-hand column, select the drop-down menu shown under Action, and choose from the following options:
11. To edit a button’s properties, such as the button’s name, colour, and font, select the button on the canvas. In the right-hand column, you can edit the following properties:
Tip: If you select more than one button on the canvas, any properties you edit will be applied to all the selected buttons.
12. Grouping buttons that perform similar tasks can make it easier to navigate through them. Select the buttons you want to group by dragging the pointer across them, or by holding down the Shift key and clicking each button. Then, select the Group button in the toolbar. To ungroup buttons, select the group then click Ungroup in the toolbar.
Tip: If you select a group on the canvas, any properties you edit (colour, font, etc.) will be applied to every button in the group.
13. To edit a panel’s properties, select the panel name in the left sidebar. The properties you can edit will appear in the right-hand column. Note: Make sure no buttons are selected on the canvas, otherwise the button properties will be shown in the right-hand column.
14. To copy a panel, select the panel name in the left sidebar, then press Command + C. Press Command + V to paste the copy below the original panel. Alternatively, select the panel name in the left-sidebar, then click Edit > Copy in the menu bar, followed by Edit > Paste.
The way to open Panels is different for the Accessibility Keyboard and Switch Control but using them is the same.
16.a.To open panels on the Accessibility Keyboard, select the Panels button on the top row of he keyboard keys.
16.b. To open Switch Control panels, select the Custom button on the Home panel.
17. Select a panel from the list.
18. Click the button associated with the action you want to perform.
19. To return to the Accessibility Keyboard / Switch Control Home panel, select the Home icon in the top-right corner of the panel.
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.