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Lesson 3: The VoiceOver Utility Part Two

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In this section we will go through all of the options, which will include all checkboxes, popups, and all other controls. Each item’s function will be explained, and recommendations, if any will be made as to how to set an item, or what choice to select in a Popup.

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Once you have located Sounds in the categories table, stop interacting with the table and move the VO cursor to the right until you hear the first option in this category.

Here are the options for this section:

    • •Mute sound effects unchecked check box

      If you check this box then when you are moving the VO cursor you will no longer hear the sound effect which is a clicking sound.

    • •Enable audio ducking unchecked check box

      With this item checked whenever there is another sound event on your Mac the VO sound will automatically be lowered.

    • •Enable positional audio checked check box

      With this item checked as you move along on a webpage you will hear a sound effect that will represent where on the screen the information is actually located. This can be helpful when trying to explain to someone who is sighted where the information is on the screen.

    • •Output Device:

      This is a Popup Item with the options of how you would like the system audio routed.

Note: Your options may be different then mine.

  • •System Default
  • •Built In Output
  • •✓ Plantronics .Audio 655 DSP.
    These are the headphones I currently have plugged into my Mac.

Note: If you have headphones plugged into your Mac this is where they will be listed.

When you change the audio setting you will get an alert to confirm the change. Locate the “OK” button and activate it by pressing VO-Spacebar to confirm the change.

Now move the VO cursor to the Categories table and select the next category which is Visuals.

Visuals

Key Result Areas

In this section each of the five tabs in the Visuals category will be presented. Each item will be described, and any recommendations as to how an item should be set will be given.

Once you have located Visuals in the categories table, navigate to the right until you come to the first of five tabs in this section. The first option is titled VoiceOver Cursor.

Here are the options for this section:

  • •Show VoiceOver Cursor checked check box
    This will place a bold rectangle around the VO cursor so that it will be easy to find for anyone who is sighted.
  • •VoiceOver Cursor Magnification:
    With this option you can set how large the VO cursor will be.
    This is a slider control with which you will need to interact with. You can adjust this setting by pressing either the Left or Right Arrow. Pressing the Right Arrow will increase the value by a number of one, and pressing the Left Arrow will decrease the setting by a number of one.
  • •When reading text, move VoiceOver cursor by:
    This is a Popup Item with two choices:
  • •Sentence
  • •Word

Go back to the five tabs and select the second tab which is titled Caption Panels.

Here are the options for this section:

    • •Show caption panel checked check box
    • •Caption Panel Font Size:
      This is a slider control with which you will need to interact with in order to adjust the setting.

      To change the size of the caption font simply press either the Left or Right Arrow to either decrease or increase the value.

Your options for this are:

    • •Nine point font
    • •Eleven point font
    • •Thirteen point font
    • •Eighteen point font
    • •Twenty-Four point font
    • •Thirty-Six point font
    • •Forty-Eight point font
    • •Sixty-Four point font
    • •Seventy-Two point font
    • •Ninety-Six point font
    • •One Hundred point font
    • •One Hundred Forty-Four point font
    • •One Hundred Sixty point font
    • •One Hundred Eighty point font
    • •Two Hundred point font

As you can see there are several options for the low-vision Mac user for this setting. We recommend that if you need this setting to try out all of these and then select the one that is most comfortable for you to use.

  • •Rows in Caption Panel:
    This is a slider control. To adjust this setting you must first interact with the slider and then you can press either the Left or Right Arrow to change the setting.

    By default this is set to two rows but you can adjust this depending on your specific needs. The choices range from One all the way up to Ten.

  • •Caption Panel Transparency:
    This is a slider control with which you will need to interact with to adjust the setting. To change the setting for this simply press either the Left or Right Arrow to either decrease or increase the percentage.

    The values for this setting range from Zero percent all the way up to One Hundred percent.

Now move the VO cursor back to the five tabs for this section and select the next item which is titled Braille Panel.

Here is what you will find in this section:

    • •Show Braille Panel:

This is a Popup Item with three choices, which are:

    • •Off
    • •On
    • •Automatic

By default Automatic is selected.

    • •Braille Font Color:

This is a Popup Item with six choices, which are:

  • •Cyan
  • •Green
  • •Magenta
  • •Orange
  • •White
  • •Yellow
  • •Braille Panel Font Size:
    This is a slider control which you will first need to interact with and then you can press either the Left or Right Arrow key to adjust. To move the slider down press the Left Arrow, to move the slider up press the Right Arrow. The values in this slider range from Zero percent up to One Hundred percent.
  • •Braille Panel Transparency:
    This is a slider control which you will first need to interact with in order to adjust the setting. You can press either the Left or Right Arrow to change the percentage. To decrease the value press the Left Arrow, To increase the value press the Right Arrow. The values for this setting range from Zero percent up to One Hundred percent.

Now move the VO cursor back to the five tabs for this section and select the fourth option which is Touch

The options for this tab are:

  • •Background Transparency:
    This is a slider control with which you will first need to interact with in order to adjust the setting. Press either the Left or Right Arrow to change the percentage. Pressing the Left Arrow will decrease the value, and pressing the Right Arrow will increase the value. he values for this slider control range from Zero percent up to One Hundred percent.

Finally, move the VO cursor back to the five tabs for this section and select the last tab which is titled Menus.

The options for this tab are:

      •VoiceOver Menus Font Size:

This is a slider control with which you will first need to interact with to adjust the setting. Press either the Left or Right Arrow to change the setting. Pressing the Left Arrow will decrease the value, and pressing the Right Arrow will increase the value.

The font sizes in this slider are:

 

  • •Eighteen Point Font
  • •Twenty Point Font
  • •Twenty-Four Point Font
  • •Thirty Point Font
  • •Thirty-Six Point Font
  • •Forty-Eight Point Font
  • •Sixty-Four Point Font
  • •Seventy-Two Point Font
  • •VoiceOver Menus Transparency:
    This is a slider control with which you will first need to interact with in order to adjust the setting. You can press either the Left or Right Arrow to change the setting. Pressing the Left Arrow will decrease the value, and pressing the Right Arrow will increase the value. The values for this slider control range from Zero percent up to One Hundred percent.

 

It is now time to select the next category so move the VO cursor to the Categories table and down arrow to the next item, which is titled Commanders.

Commanders

Key Result Areas

In this section you will learn what the four different type of commanders are, and how to set each one up. You will find out how and why commanders can be used to make many tasks on your computer easier and faster to accomplish.

When you are focused on the Commanders category, move the VO cursor to the right where you will find that there are Four tabs for this category. Make sure that the first tab is selected. The name of the first tab is Trackpad.

Move the VO cursor to the right until you get past the tabs and you will find the following:

  • •Enable Trackpad Commander unchecked check box
    Press VO-Spacebar to place a check in this box if you want to use the Trackpad on your Mac to control VoiceOver.
  • •Automatically select items in lists and tables unchecked check box
    Check this box to automatically select lists that are in a table with the Trackpad.
  • •Pause speech when not touching the trackpad unchecked check box
    If you place a check in this box when you are not touching the Trackpad VoiceOver speech will be paused.
  • •Scroll gesture moves content instead of scroll bar checked check box
    With this checked the content on the screen will scroll when performing the scroll gesture instead of the gesture moving the Scrollbar.
  • •Assign Commands Button
    Activate this button to assign your own custom Trackpad commands to use with VoiceOver.

Move the VO cursor back to the four tabs for this section and select the next tab which is titled NumPad.

The options for this tab are:

    • •Enable NumPad Commander Checkbox.
      With this box checked you can run VoiceOver with a NumPad of your keyboard if you have one, or with a USB NumPad plugged in to your computer.
    • •Modifier key Popup Button

This Popup has Six items, which are:

  • •No Modifier
  • •Command
  • •Option
  • •Control
  • •Shift
  • •NumPad Zero
  • •NumPad Commander Table
    This is a table listing all of the available NumPad commanders. To review these simply interact with this table, down arrow, and VoiceOver will read the available commanders.

Move the VO cursor back to the four tabs for this section and then, with the spacebar, select the third option which is titled Keyboard. Then move the VO cursor to the right until you get past the fourth tab and into the selections for this tab.

The options for the Keyboard tab are:

    • •Enable Keyboard Commander Checkbox.
      Check this box to control VoiceOver with your keyboard.
    • •Use:

This is a Pop Up with the following choices:

    • •Right Option Key
    • •Left Option Key
    • •Both Option Keys

Whichever choice you make, that is the option key or keys that will have to be pressed along with the letter or numeral you set up to perform a specific command.

  • •Keyboard Commander Table
    This is a table with all of the available keyboard commanders. These include the default ones already included, along with the ones you set up. To review these simply interact with this table and use VoiceOver to read through the commanders.
  • •Add Button
    Activate this button to add your own custom keyboard commander.
  • •Remove Button

    Focus on a keyboard commander you no longer want to be present in the table, then activate this button to remove it. Once removed, the commander will not perform the command it was intended to do.

Now move the VO cursor back to the four tabs and select the last item which is titled Quick-Nav.

Here are the options for this tab:

  • •Enable Quick-Nav
    This is a checkbox that is unchecked by default. With this checked you will be able to operate many of the VoiceOver functions with the press of one key on the keyboard.
  • •Allow toggling of Quick-Nav using left and right arrow keys checked check box
    With this checked you can turn Quick-Nav on and off by pressing the Left and Right Arrows together.
  • •Enable single-key webpage navigation when using Quick-Nav check box
    With this checked you can navigate websites with the press of one key on the keyboard.
  • •Assign Commands… button
    Activate this button to assign your own custom Quick-Nav commands.

Now move the VO cursor back up to the Categories tab and select the next item which is Braille.

Braille

Key Result Areas

In this section we will go over all of the available settings for using Braille with your Mac. If you are not going to be using Braille with your Mac you may want to skip this section.

There are two tabs in this section and the first one is titled Layout.

The options for this item are:

  • •Braille Display:
    No display detected.
    If you do not have a Braille display connected to your Mac then you will hear this message.
  • •Braille Translation:

    This is a Pop Up Item with Thirty choices. These choices are:

  • •Arabic
  • •Chinese
  • •Chinese (Hong Kong SAR China)
  • •Czech
  • •Danish
  • •Dutch
  • •✓ English (Unified). This is checked by default.
  • •English (United Kingdom)
  • •English (US)
  • •Finnish
  • •French
  • •German
  • •Greek
  • •Hindi
  • •Hungarian
  • •Indonesian
  • •Italian
  • •Japanese
  • •Korean
  • •Norwegian
  • •Polish
  • •Portuguese
  • •Romanian
  • •Russian
  • •Slovak
  • •Spanish
  • •Spanish (Mexico)
  • •Swedish
  • •Thai
  • •Turkish
  • •Show contracted Braille unchecked check box
  • •Show eight-dot Braille checked check box

    This is checked by default.

  • •Use automatic Braille translation checked check box

    This is checked by default

  • •Use dots 7 and 8 to indicate cursor checked check box.

    This is checked by default.

  • •Status Cells:
  • •Show general display status Status Cells: checked check box.

    This is checked by default.

  • •Show text style Status Cells: unchecked check box
  • •Show extended text style Status Cells: unchecked check box
  • •Show status on the:
  • •Left Show status on the: dimmed selected radio button, 1 of 2.

    This is dimmed because there is no Braille display connected.

  • •Right Show status on the: dimmed radio button, 2 of 2.

    This is dimmed because there is no Braille display connected.

  • •Display alert messages:

    This is a slider control with which you will need to interact with to adjust the setting. Press the Left or Right Arrow to either increase or decrease the value for this setting. By pressing the Left Arrow the value of the setting will decrease and if you press the Right Arrow the value will increase. The values in this slider range from “Off” to six seconds.

Now move the VO cursor back to the two tabs for this section and select the second tab, which is titled Displays.

Here are the choices for this tab:

    • •Braille displays empty table.

      This table is empty because there is no Braille display currently connected to this Mac. If there were a Braille display connected then it would be listed in this table.

    • •Attach a USB Braille display or click Add to set up a Bluetooth Braille display.
    • •add button.

      Press VO-Spacebar on this button to add a Braille display.

    • •remove dimmed button.

      This button is dimmed because there are currently no Braille displays connected.

    • •Allow input from:

This is a Popup Item with three options, which are:

  • •Primary Braille display
  • •All Braille displays
  • •No Braille displays

Move the VO cursor back to the Categories table and select the last category, which is Activities.

Activities

Key Result Areas

This is the final section for the VoiceOver Utility and just as in the categories that came before we will walk you through all of the available options for this last category.

Here are the options in this category:

  • •Set up activities to customize VoiceOver for specific uses:

    This is an advanced feature in which you can set up activities to use with VoiceOver. These activities will be listed in the table in this section. By default this table is empty.

  • •Activities empty table
  • •Click Add to create an activity.
  • •Add button

    Activate this button to add an activity.

  • •remove dimmed button

    This item is dimmed because there are currently no activities set up on this Mac.

  • •action dimmed button

    This item is dimmed because there are currently no activities set up on this Mac.

This is the end of the VoiceOver Utility. Use this utility to further customize how VoiceOver works on your computer.

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