macOS High Sierra

Use the Panel Editor

If you use Switch Control or the Accessibility Keyboard, you can use the Panel Editor to add custom panels to the Switch Control or Accessibility Keyboard panel collection, to streamline common tasks and actions for different apps on your Mac. You can also use the panels on another Mac, or share them with other Switch Control or Accessibility Keyboard users.

A portion of a panel collection window showing a list of keyboard panels on the left and, on the right, buttons and groups contained in a panel.

A panel can contain buttons and groups of buttons. You can set options that control the appearance of the items, the actions the items perform, and, in some cases, how you move from one item to another. The options you set vary depending on whether the panel is for use with Switch Control or the Accessibility Keyboard. For more information about creating panels, see Set options in the Panel Editor.

Note: When you edit a panel in the Switch Control or Accessibility Keyboard panel collection, be sure to save your changes so they’re available in Switch Control or the Accessibility Keyboard.

Open the Panel Editor

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then do one of the following:

  2. Click Panel Editor.

    The Switch Control or Accessibility Keyboard Panel Collection window opens, showing panels that are available on your Mac.

    If a collection window isn’t shown, choose File > Open Switch Control Panel Collection or File > Open Accessibility Keyboard Panel Collection.

Add and work with panels

  • Add a panel: In the panel collection window, click the Add Panel button in the toolbar or choose Edit > Add Panel, then choose a panel type. You can choose and modify an existing template or choose Empty to create a new panel from scratch.

    When you add a keyboard panel, the typing suggestions field and system control buttons aren’t included; they are automatically shown when you use the panel. You can add a typing suggestions field to a panel; if you do, only your field is shown when you use the panel.

  • Import panels: Choose File > Import Panels, then select a file.

  • Copy panels: In the window, select a panel, choose Edit > Copy, then choose Edit > Paste.

  • Rename panels: In the window, select a panel, click its name, then type a new name.

  • Delete panels: In the window, select a panel, then press the Delete key or choose Edit > Delete.

Share a panel collection

  1. In the Panel Editor, choose File > Duplicate.

    A new window appears with a copy of the panel collection. If you don’t want to share all of the panels in the collection, delete panels from the duplicate.

  2. Choose File > Move To, rename the file if you want, select a target location, then click Save.

  3. In the Finder, select the file, click the Share button in the Finder toolbar, then choose how to share, such as by email.

You can create a new panel collection to give to other people. Choose File > New Panel Collection, then in the new collection window, choose File > Save, or click Untitled at the top of the window to name and save the file.