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Easy Access Accessibility Settings

If you find you are using the Accessibility settings often or want to easily and quickly be able to make changes, you can include a link to it in the top bar of your mac screen. This post will quickly walk you through it.

enabling the menu

A pdf version of Quick Access to Accessibility Pane is available for offline reading.

How to get the menu visible

To be able to access settings for accessibility quickly, we need to enable it in the accessibility settings – but only once and then it will remember this for us. We can also turn it off in the same place.

Enable the menu shortcut

Go to the panel by going to your System Preferences pane. This might be in your Applications folder or it may already be in your Dock.

Once the System Preferences are opened, go to the Accessibility settings icon

close up accessibility icon
the icon for the Accessibility settings in the System Preferences pane

Once opened, the bottom left hand side of that window there is a check box area to choose if you want it visible or not

accessibility settings

A close up view of the area where you can enable it:

enabling the menu

Make sure it is ticked and then in your menu bar at the top of your screen you should now see a small accessibility icon

if you click on it you now have fast access to the main settings as well as a link to the pane directly!

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That’s all – Accessibility quick link enabled. You can disable it by following the same steps and just unchecking the box.