How to Modify Accessibility Settings in Safari 8 for OS X Yosemite

Accessibility Settings in Safari for OS X
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Browsing the Web can prove challenging for the visually impaired or those with limited ability to utilize a mouse and/or keyboard. Safari 8 for OS X Yosemite and above offers some modifiable settings that make Web content more accessible. This tutorial details these settings and describes how to tweak them to your liking.

How to Modify Accessibility Settings

First, open your Safari browser. Click on Safari, located in the browser's main menu at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select Preferences.... You can also utilize the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of the previous two steps: COMMAND + COMMA(,)

Safari's Preferences interface should now be displayed. Select the Advanced icon, circled in the example above. Safari's Advanced preferences are now visible. The Accessibility section contains the following two options, each accompanied by a checkbox.

  • Never use font sizes smaller than: This option allows you to specify the minimum font size for all Web content, configurable via the accompanying drop-down menu.
  • Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage: By default, using the Option+Tab key combination will highlight each item on the current page -- one at a time. When this option is enabled, you only need to press the Tab key to simulate this behavior. Meanwhile, Option+Tab will highlight only text fields and pop-up menus.