Accessibility features are designed to suit all device users, and macOS includes many of these features. They all serve to meet your vision and hearing needs, among others.
Apple’s latest macOS Ventura update improves its accessibility features by introducing several new additions that many Mac users might like. So, here are some of the best accessibility features in macOS Ventura.
1. Background sounds
If you’re easily distracted by the sounds around you, you’ll benefit from macOS Ventura’s handy new accessibility feature, Background Sounds. Now you can play calm and relaxing white noise in the background while you’re on your Mac.
Follow these steps to enable background sounds on macOS:
- Go to System settingsthen click Accessibility in the sidebar.
- Low Audienceclick on Audio.
- Activate background sounds by clicking the button next to it.
- Click on Choose to select a background sound.
2. Live subtitles
Live Captions is a hearing accessibility feature that automatically transcribes any audio coming from your device in real time, similar to captions on YouTube. You can customize the captions by font type, size, color, and background color.
This feature works across all apps on your Mac and could be useful for anyone who is hearing impaired or who needs a little help watching a video or playing a game. And when you switch to microphone mode (by clicking the microphone icon in the box that appears when Live Captions is on), your device listens to the conversations around you and displays a transcript on the screen.
Here’s how to enable live captions:
- Go to System settingsafter Accessibility.
- Low Audienceclick on live subtitles.
- Use the switch next to Live Captions to turn it on. You can also adjust the font type, size, color, and background color from here.
You can also enable Live Captions during FaceTime calls from the same menu for real-time conversation transcription. But remember that while Live Captions is a useful tool, it’s still a beta feature, which means it won’t always be accurate or reliable. But that shouldn’t stop you from learning more about using Live Captions on your Mac.
3. Hang up FaceTime calls with voice control
If you’re a long-time Mac user, you probably already know how to use the Voice Control feature. It is an extremely useful tool that allows you to give commands to your laptop, such as “Open system settings” or “Expand window”. With macOS Ventura, you can use Voice Control to end FaceTime calls. So instead of clicking end callend calls by saying Hang.
To enable voice control, this is what you need to do:
- Go to System settingsafter Accessibility.
- Go to Engineafter Voice Control.
- Flip the switch to turn on Voice Control.
4. Voice control spelling mode
Voice Control is a nifty feature that allows you to dictate to your Mac while it transcribes your statements into a text format. However, macOS Ventura’s spelling mode gives you more control over the accuracy of the text output.
So instead of saying names, numbers, or words that your Mac can’t recognize, you can easily use spelling mode to enter your desired text.
To use spelling mode on your Mac:
- Go to Accessibilitythen click Voice Control low Engine.
- Light Voice Control.
- Say Orthography Mode.
- Once spelling mode is enabled, dictate each character to write it.
And remember to say dictation mode once you have finished spelling and want to continue with your dictation.
5. Text Checker for VoiceOver
Designed to help people with low vision, VoiceOver is Apple’s screen-reading technology that enhances your interaction with your Mac. With added text verification, it’s easier to spot and manage formatting errors while you work in a document or email, such as repeated spaces or misspelled or capitalized words.
You can customize VoiceOver’s behavior when it detects these punctuation, spelling, and space errors by doing the following:
- Open Accessibility in System settings.
- Under Vision, select Narrationthen click Open the VoiceOver utility.
- In the sidebar, click Verbosity.
Select Text and choose the options you prefer.
6. Type to speak with live subtitles
In macOS Ventura, you can now reply to people during FaceTime calls through text messages, thanks to Live Captions. You can also use Live Captions in any supported video conferencing app. All you need to do is type your answers and Live Captions will read them out loud.
To use live captions during FaceTime calls:
- Go to Accessibility
- Low Audienceclick on live subtitles and turn on Live Captions on FaceTime.
- Now, click on the speech icon in the macOS menu bar.
- then select write to speak in the dropdown menu, and you’re done.
Now you can go back to FaceTime and write in the box that says Type here.
Don’t worry if you can’t hear what you’ve written. You won’t be able to hear her words, but the person on the other end of the call will.
Enjoy the new accessibility features in macOS Ventura
macOS Ventura comes with a number of new accessibility features that make using your Mac easier. Whether it’s your vision, hearing, or motor needs, these new features ensure an enhanced user experience.
If you’re not already using macOS Ventura, consider updating your Mac to the latest firmware to enjoy the new accessibility features and other hidden features that come with it.