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How to magnify the text that is under the pointer in macOS 12 Monterey

How to magnify the text that is under the pointer in macOS 12 Monterey

Short guide:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and System Preferences.
  2. Click Accessibility.
  3. In the sidebar, click Zoom.
  4. Tick the checkbox for Hover Text.
  5. Now, you can show a large version of the text you want to read by moving the pointer over it whilst holding down the Command (⌘) key.
  6. To change the settings for Hover Text, click the Options button.

Before and after

Images showing text in a web browser before and after Hover Text has been enabled

This section gives you step by step instructions on how to magnify the text currently under the pointer 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 Accessibility settings

2. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.

Find the Zoom settings

3. In the sidebar, click Zoom.

Turn on Hover Text

4. Tick the checkbox for Hover Text

How to use Hover Text

5. To use Hover Text, hold down the Command (⌘) key and move the pointer over some text. Try it now – it  works on the text in System Preferences!

Change the settings for Hover Text

6. To change the settings for Hover Text, click the Options button.

Change the font size

7. To change the size of the Hover Text, choose a new size from the Text size drop-down menu.

Change the font

8. To change the font used for Hover Text, choose from the options in the Text Font drop-down menu.

Change the location of magnified text when typing

9. When Hover Text is turned on, any text you type will be magnified (without you having to hold down the modifier key). You can choose where on the screen the magnified text is displayed, or you can choose to turn this feature off. Click the drop-down menu for Text entry location and choose from the options.

Change the modifier key

10. The modifier key is the key you hold down whilst moving the pointer over the text you want to read. By default, this is the Command key.  To change it, click the Activation Modifier drop-down menu and choose Control (⌃), Option (Alt ⌥), or Command (⌘).

Show hover text without holding down a modifier key

11. You can lock Hover Text so that you don’t need to hold down the modifier key to magnify text. Tick the checkbox for Triple press to lock.  When you triple-press the modifier key, Hover Text will be turned on and locked. To unlock it, triple-press the modifier key again.

Change Hover Text colours

12. You can change the colours of all the elements of Hover Text – text, border, background colour, etc. Click Colours.

Choose colours

13. C­hoose the colours you want to use for each element from the drop-down menus.

Close System Preferences

14. 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.

Created on: February-09-2022

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