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How to enable accessibility options on the login window in macOS 12 Monterey

How to enable accessibility options on the login window in macOS 12 Monterey

Note: Only someone with administrator level login access can implement this feature.

Short guide:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Click User & Groups.
  3. If not already unlocked, click the padlock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window and enter your password when prompted.
  4. Click Login Options at the bottom of the sidebar.
  5. Click the Accessibility Options button on the right.
  6. Tick the checkboxes for the accessibility items you would like to use on the login window. Click Apply to save your changes.

Before and after

Images showing the login window before and after the onscreen keyboard has been enabled in the login window accessibility options

This section gives you step by step instructions on how to enable accessibility options on the login window 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 User & Groups settings

2. In the System Preferences window, click Users & Groups.

Unlock the Users & Groups settings

3. Before you can edit the settings, you may need to unlock Users & Groups. Click the padlock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window and enter your password when prompted.

Open the Login Options

4. Click Login Options at the bottom of the sidebar.

Open the login window Accessibility Options

5. On the right side of the window, click the Accessibility Options button.

Select the Accessibility Options you want to appear on the login window

6. Tick the checkboxes for all the options you would like to access from the login window. Click Apply to save your changes.

Close System Preferences

7. 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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