Change Switch Control settings for accessibility on Mac
On your Mac, use Switch Control settings to enable Switch Control and open the Panel Editor. Set options to help you type when you use Switch Control, add and delete switches, assign actions to switches and set options for auto scanning, and set options for navigating with Switch Control. Learn how to use Switch Control.
To change these settings, choose Apple menu > System Settings, click Accessibility in the sidebar, then click Switch Control on the right. (You may need to scroll down.)
Turn on Switch Control to display the Switch Control panel.
You can turn Switch Control off in Switch Control settings or by closing the Switch Control panel. If the Close button isn’t shown in the upper-left corner of the Home Panel, move the pointer to the corner so the button appears.
Choose a light or dark appearance for Switch Control panels.
This setting is independent of whether you use a light or dark appearance on your Mac.
Fade panel after inactivity
Hide the Switch Control panel after the specified period of time. To show the panel again, press any switch.
This option is useful when you don’t need the panel for a while, such as when watching a movie.
Duration of inactivity
The period of inactivity, up to 60 seconds, after which to hide the Switch Control panel.
Allow platform switching to control your computer
Use another Apple device — such as an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV that’s already set up to work with your switches — to control your Mac (without having to pair the switches with it).
Your Mac and other devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network and you must be signed in with the same Apple ID on every device.
Create custom panels to add to the list in the Switch Control Custom panel or to share with others. See Use the Panel Editor for Switch Control.
Show current text in keyboard panel
Display a bar across the top of the Keyboard panel to show text as you’re typing.
Insert and remove spaces automatically
Let Switch Control manage spaces when you’re writing text. For example, it automatically corrects spacing after a full stop or between sentences, based on context.
Capitalise sentences automatically
Let Switch Control manage capitalisation when you’re writing text. For example, it automatically capitalises the first letter in a sentence, based on context.
Enable additional typing features, such as automatic correction and text substitutions. See Keyboard settings.
Switch Control requires the Select Item switch. When auto scanning is on, Switch Control automatically moves to the next item as it steps through a panel, group or the user interface.
Before you can turn off auto scanning, you must create a Move To Next Item switch; Switch Control moves it into the Required list when you turn off auto scanning.
Optional switches to use, regardless of whether auto scanning is on or off.
Add , Remove
Add or remove an optional switch.
Edit pop-up menu
Change the name or action for a switch, and choose what happens when you press and hold the switch. To use a different switch for the action, click Reassign.
Have Switch Control automatically step through, or scan, items in a panel, group or the user interface. This option is on by default.
If you want to turn off auto scanning, you must add a switch for moving to the next item.
Set timing options for auto scanning:
Hold before perform duration: The number of seconds that a switch must be pressed to be recognised.
Ignore switch repeats: The number of seconds during which repeated pressing of a switch is ignored.
This option is useful if you’re prone to accidentally pressing a switch multiple times.
Hold before repeat duration: The number of seconds that a switch must be pressed to be recognised a second time.
Choose what happens when an item is highlighted during a scan: Do nothing, Speak selection, Play sounds or Speak & Play sounds.
To change the voice used, see Change the voice your Mac uses to speak text.
Choose the position from which to start when you rescan an item (such as a panel, group or window).
Resume auto scanning after selection
By default, auto scanning is paused when you select an item; you must press the Select Item switch to resume auto scanning.
Turn on this option to have auto scanning automatically continue after you select an item.
Reverse cursor direction after hitting edge
Turn on this option to have the pointer bounce back when it reaches a boundary while scanning the user interface.
Switch Control cursor size
Choose the thickness of the border of the Switch Control cursor when scanning the user interface.
Choose the precision with which you control the pointer when selecting an item on the screen.
Low: When you press the Select Item switch, the blue line (for Move, Move & click, and Glide) or the pointer (for Rotate) stops.
High: When you press the Select Item switch, the blue line or the pointer substantially slows down so you can select more accurately where to stop it; when you press the switch again, it stops.
The number of times, up to 10, that a panel, group or window is scanned.
Set timing options for navigation:
Gliding & rotating cursor speed: The speed, from 0 (slowest) to 100 (fastest), at which the blocks, sector and blue lines move across the screen.
Auto scanning interval in panels: The number of seconds, up to 25, it takes to step from one item to another in a panel.
Auto scanning interval in interface: The number of seconds, up to 25, it takes to step from one item to another in the user interface.
Pause on first item: The number of seconds, up to 10, that auto scanning stays on the first item in a panel, group or the user interface.