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How to use visual alerts in macOS 10.12 Sierra

How to use visual alerts in macOS 10.12 Sierra

Terminology:
β€˜Alt’ refers to the β€˜Option’ key ( βŒ₯ )

If you have enabled β€˜Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys’ under β€˜Keyboard’ settings in β€˜System Preferences’ then omit the β€˜Fn’ key from the keyboard shortcuts shown in this article.

  1. Open the β€˜Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon (Apple logo icon)in the Menu Bar, or press β€˜Fn’ + β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F2’ to highlight the Apple icon and press β€˜Enter’.
  2. Click to select β€˜System Preferences…’ as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press β€˜Enter’.
    Fig 1 - macOS 10.12 Sierra - Visual alerts
    Fig 1
  3. Click on the β€˜Accessibility’ icon or press β€˜Tab’ repeatedly (you might need to press β€˜Fn’ + β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F7’ first) to cycle through the icons until the β€˜Accessibility’ icon is highlighted with a blue border as shown in Fig 2 and then press the β€˜Spacebar’.
    Fig 2 - macOS 10.12 Sierra - Visual alerts
    Fig 2
  4. In the left column, click on the β€˜Audio’ item under β€˜Hearing’ or press β€˜Fn’ + β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F7’ (once or twice) to highlight one of the options for example β€˜Display’ and then press the up or down arrow keys to select the β€˜Audio’ item, see Fig 3.
    Fig 3 - macOS 10.12 Sierra - Visual alerts
    Fig 3
  5. Click the checkbox next to β€˜Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs’ or press β€˜Tab’ to highlight the checkbox and press β€˜Spacebar’, see Fig 4.
    Fig 4 - macOS 10.12 Sierra - Visual alerts
    Fig 4
  6. If you would like to see what a visual alert will look like when one occurs click the β€˜Test Screen Flash’ button or press β€˜Tab’ until it is highlighted and press β€˜Spacebar’, see Fig 4 above.
  7. When you are happy with your settings click the β€˜Close’ (red) button at the top of the β€˜Accessibility’ window or press β€˜Cmd’ + β€˜W’ to close the window.

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 this is the case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

Created on: September-04-2017

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