Change Audio Output & Input In The Menu Bar

If you have headphones, speakers and internal speakers set up on a Mac and also a headset, microphone, and internal microphone, you’ll want to easily switch between different inputs or outputs. There is a quick way without going to the System Preferences each time.

How To
Hold the Option key and click the volume icon in the menu bar this will show a list of audio inputs and outputs. You can now select what you want. 

This enables you to quickly switch between audio inputs and outputs.

Auto Turn Book Pages in iOS

Welcome to a new screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will show you how to have iOS auto turn your pages in a book, making it much easier for motor impaired users to read an ebook.


Text Walkthrough

How to auto turn pages in a book on iOS

  • Select Settings

  • Ensure General is selected the tap Accessibility

  • Flick down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut

  • Tap on Voice Over

  • Go back to main accessibility screen

  • Flick up and tap on Voice Over

  • Drag Speaking Rate to between one quarter and one third

  • Return to Homepage

  • Launch iBooks

  • Choose book

  • Once on the page you wish to start at triple click home button, Voice Over is now activated

  • Start continuous reading by doing a two finger swipe down

  • Turn iOS volume down to zero

  • When Voice Over reaches the end of the page it will turn

  • To stop Voice Over and auto page turn triple click home button

  • You can return to the homepage as usual

I hope this video has enabled you to get more out of your iOS device and made reading books easier.

Check Storage On Your Mac

At the current time many of us are constrained by the limited amount of storage on Mac Desktops and Laptops due the use of SSDs and their cost.

It is prudent to keep it check on your disk usage and available space. The screencast below shows how to do this.


Text Walkthrough

Check Storage On Your Mac

  • Check Storage On Your Mac

  • Click on the Apple Menu.

  • Select ‘About This Mac’.

  • The basic system information is displayed.

  • Select the Storage tab.

  • All attached Hard Drives are shown with disk usage.

  • In the manage section Apple has provided a convenient place to manage the space on the internal hard drive.

  • Back in the storage section available space is displayed above the Hard Disk usage.

I hope this screencast provides an easy way to check the storage on your Mac.

Get To Know The macOS Onscreen Keyboard

Welcome to a new screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will help you get to know the new macOS onscreen keyboard included with High Sierra, making it much easier for motor impaired users to enter text on the Mac.


Text Walkthrough

Get to know the new macOS  Onscreen Keyboard.
    •    Previous post shows how to display the onscreen keyboard.
    •    This will show some of the features of the basic keyboard which is displayed when enabled.
The basic keyboard is for typing in a text editor and all other places where text entry is required.
    •    This includes modifier keys.
Above is a Typing Suggestions panel this enables quicker entry of text and learns use of words.
There are Function Keys which are like a standard Apple keyboard.
    •    Dim Screen & Brighten Screen
    •    Launch Mission Control
    •    Go to Launchpad
    •    Toggle Touch Bar (if you have a new MacBook Pro)
    •    Rewind, Play/Pause, Forward in iTunes etc.
    •    Mute/Unmute Sound
    •    Decrease, Increase  Volume
    •    fn key displays standard function bar
x Closes keyboard and must be reenabled from System Preferences (please see previous post).
… Minimises the keyboard but still allows access once the keyboard button is clicked.
Preferences Cog gives the ability to change the appearance of the keyboard.
    •    Zoom will change the size of the keyboard
    •    Transparency changes the amount of the background that shows through
    •    Fade after 15 seconds of inactivity fades the keyboard if the mouse is inactive for 15 seconds (amount of fade can be altered in the Accessibility Preference Pane)
    •    Show Dwell options on the keyboard
    •    Show Dwell options in the Menu Bar
    •    Always Dwell in panels means that whenever the cursor is over a keyboard panel dwell is active
    •    Customise allows the user to add their own panels to the keyboard increasing the functionality of the keyboard even further
    •    Preferences take the user directly to the Accessibility Preference Pane
Finally the Custom key shows customised panels that the user has added, I have created three.
    •    An extended keyboard
    •    A launch bar panel to make launching applications quicker
    •    A system panel for quickly shutting down, restarting, showing the system preference and more
I hope this video has enabled you to get more from the new Onscreen Keyboard in macOS High Sierra.

Activate Siri By Voice On A Mac

Welcome to my first screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will show you how to activate Siri by voice on a Mac, making it much easier for mobility impaired users to access the features of Siri on a Mac.


Text Walkthrough

Go to System Preferences click the Siri icon and Enable Siri.

  • Previously to enable Siri voice activation on the Mac you needed to add a Keyboard Shortcut, this is no longer the case.

  • I prefer to have Siri in the Menu Bar but not in the Dock

Go to System Preferences click the Keyboard icon then choose the Dictation tab. Turn Dictation on and click the checkbox to Use Enhanced Dictation. (this may initiate a download of a file if you have not used Enhanced Dictation previously.

Go to System Preferences click the Accessibility icon, in the left panel select Dictation and then click the checkbox Enable the dictation keyword phrase.

  • I keep my trigger word as Computer.

  • At this point you can click on Dictation Commands and in the left panel scroll down and in the System section make sure the Start Siri option is checked. If you are unable to see this command make sure Enable advanced commands is checked.

You can now activate Siri by simply saying “Computer Start Siri”.