How to radically customize your Mac’s display

Like iOS, the Mac has some excellent features hidden within the accessibility section of the System Preferences application (also known as Settings). Today we are going to see how to adjust the Mac screen to make it easier for anyone to use. You can adjust the colors, make the elements of the page easier to see and even turn everything black and white. Let's see what is what.


  Grayscale does not appear in the screenshots.
Grayscale does not appear in screenshots.
Photo: Cult of Mac

The first stop is the Screen section. To find this, open the application System Preferences and click on the Accessibility icon . Then choose the tab Show . As you can see in the screenshot above, there are many options, some more useful than others. My favorites are:

  • Use grayscale.
  • Increase the contrast.
  • Cursor options.

Turn your Mac's screen into gray

Using grayscale removes all color from the screen. It is quite repairing, but I think it can slow me down, especially when moving from one application to another. The color of an application's icon makes it much faster to find it in the dock, for example. One thing to keep in mind about the grayscale option: it only affects the actual display. That is, if you take a screenshot, that screenshot will remain in color the next time you return to normal view.

Increase the contrast of the screen

Perhaps my favorite of all these features is Increase the contrast . This clarifies the backgrounds, obscures the text, adds an outline to the interface elements and, best of all, makes the symbols on the "traffic light buttons" of a window white instead of black.

  Look at the white symbols on the window buttons.
Check out the white symbols on the window buttons.
Photo: Cult of Mac

In general, the configuration Increase contrast makes the entire user interface sharper and easier to use. Black contours also make it a bit of a cartoon, which you might like. Most of the screenshots here are activated.

Never lose the mouse pointer

Here are two excellent options for the mouse pointer. One is Shake the mouse pointer to locate . This helps you find a lost pointer on a large screen. Simply use the mouse or touchpad to shake the pointer, and it will grow enormously, making it very easy to detect. When it stops shaking, it returns to normal size.

You can also choose to permanently increase the cursor size. In this case, you get a good large mouse pointer, but you also see larger versions of the text insertion cursor, and more. The problem here is that the text insertion cursor, for example, looks terrible when zoomed.

  The text insertion cursor looks horrible.
The text insertion cursor looks horrible.
Photo: Cult of Mac [19659024] Zoom
Photo: Cult of Mac

Another useful feature is Zoom, which is located on its own tab in the Accessibility Preferences section. This allows you to approach a particular section of the screen. This can happen in two ways. The full screen is enlarged, as if the screen had grown too much for your Mac's screen. Or it may have a floating window "image in image", which works like holding a magnifying glass on the screen.

Photo: Cult of Mac

Both Zoom styles have their own advanced options (found on the button Options ). The image to image zoom seems too confusing. The mouse cursor only appears in the enlarged window, for example, which facilitates its loss. The full screen zoom, on the other hand, is more intuitive and can be set to follow the mouse cursor.

Once enabled, you can enable and disable zoom by pressing ⌥⌘8 on the keyboard. You can also change the zoom level by holding down the ⌃ Control key and using two fingers on the touch panel to zoom in and out. All these shortcuts can be customized.

It was done within the accessibility settings of the Mac. They are deep and can be extremely useful. Customize subtitles, for example, make your Mac talk to you, tell it to show the screen when you receive an alert. There is much to try.

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