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Visual Cursor Enhancers


A system extension that draws the caret (I-Beam cursor) with a line two pixels thick instead of only one pixel. Freeware.

Change Arrow 1.2

Change Arrow lets you change the cursor from the familiar arrow to one of six other options.

Color Arrow

When placed into your System Folder and re-booted, it will display a color arrow cursor on Macs that support color. Shareware.

Color Master 1.2.1

ColorMaster is a screen depth switcher and a cursor colorizer. It works on any Mac equipped at least with a 68020. To use ColorMaster, drag it to your System Folder and Restart your Mac.

This works very well to add color to cursors, which can make it easier to see. It will work with Fat Cursors to add color to the enlarged Arrow and I-beam cursors. You must have a Mac with Color QuickDraw. Shareware ($25).

Cursor Animator 2.0.1

CursorAnimator lets you substitute all of the five system cursors (arrow, watch, text, cross-hair, and plus) by a static or animated cursor of your choice. If your Macintosh supports color, you can even get color cursors! Freeware.

CursorFixer 1.0

CursorFixer 1.0 is a system extension (INIT) which dynamically replaces selected cursors with user-configurable substitutes. Freeware.

Fat Cursors 1.2.1

Fat Cursors is a System 7-compatible control panel that automatically enlarges the cursor (arrow and I-beam) to make it more visible. The program is especially useful for people with visual impairments and PowerBook users.

Find Cursor 1.0

When you hold down the control key and click the mouse, the cursor turns into a thick-bordered box. Useful for PowerBook users who can't find their cursor.

Front&Center 1.0.0

Front&Center is a control panel/extension that helps you find the pointer (often called the cursor) on your Mac's screen. When you can't find the pointer, either press the hot key or click the mouse button while pressing the modifier keys. Front&Center will then flash the pointer and/or move it to a preset location on the screen (e.g. under the Apple menu). Seeing the pointer flash and knowing where it is on the screen lets you easily find it. Shareware ($10).

Mouse Enhancers

AutoMenus Pro 3.1.2

This program helps ease menu selections with several options. Menus will stay dropped down after just one click and users can also set options to have items in menus automatically activated after they are highlighted for a specific length of time. There is also a setting that extends the bottom of menus, so that the last items in the list are not accidentally activated. Shareware ($15).

ButtonKey 1.2

ButtonKey lets you "click" on buttons, radio buttons and check boxes in dialogs (modal and non-modal) by typing the first or first few characters of the button's name. It can also make the escape key simulate a click on Cancel. ButtonKey is separately configurable for individual dialogs. Shareware ($15).

ClickLock 2.0

This simple CDEV/INIT (control panel) allows you to "lock" the mouse's button down. This can be useful for: dragging and dropping icons in the Finder, pulling down menus, especially when inspecting menus with Balloon Help on, drag-selecting in graphic applications, drawing more precisely in graphic applications, hands-off scrolling, moving around windows in the Finder and applications, and on and on.

Easy Access 7.2

Easy Access is a control panel extension containing a set of keyboard utilities. These utilities assist people who might otherwise have difficulties using the keyboard or the mouse. Included as part of Easy Access are three main features: Mouse Keys, Sticky Keys, and Slow Keys.

Mouse Keys - every function of the mouse can be controlled via the numeric keypad. One can click, drag, and perform all the usual mouse activities. Mouse Keys also makes it easier to make fine adjustments of the cursor position, a feat that is often difficult using a regular mouse. Freeware.

Mouse Keys for Powerbook 1.0.1

There is also a Mouse Keys for the PowerBook, because the PowerBook does not have a built-in numeric keypad. The file "Mouse Keys for the PowerBook" is used to emulate the numeric keyboard on the standard PowerBook keyboard.

(Note: This new version of the popular Easy Access control panel allows Sticky Keys to remain active after waking up if it was active when the PowerBook or Portable went to sleep. Also, Easy Access now remembers whether sticky keys, mouse keys, and slow keys were on or off between restarts.) Freeware.

Pointing Device 1.2

Pointing device is an alternate mouse (or whatever) speed setter. The coolest feature (for me) is that it lets you speed your mouse tracking up a bit.


Allow the user to use the keyboard to replace your mouse button. Shareware. See

Sloop 1.02

Sloop adds cursor focusing to the MacOS. With cursor focusing, whatever window the cursor is over automatically moves to the front without having to click in that window. Download either the version for the regular Mac or the one for PowerMacs (PPC).Shareware $20.00 See

Snap-To 2.0.1

Snap-To is a control panel that snaps the cursor to the default button whenever a dialog comes up on your screen. It helps increase your speed when using a Macintosh, especially if you use dialogs often and/or have a large screen. Shareware ($5).

Speedy Mouse ][ 1.0

Speedy Mouse ][ is a very small extension that will cause your mouse to move about twice as fast as it normally does. Freeware.

StickyClick 1.2

StickyClick is an extension that sort of simulates having a "lock" button on your mouse or trackball. By quickly clicking in the menubar, the Macintosh will be made to think that the mouse button is still down. You release the button locking by clicking and releasing again. Freeware.


This control panel makes your screen wrap onto itself: your mouse can exit through the right edge and reenter on the left. You can choose to wrap horizontally, vertically, or both. Shareware.


Closeview 7.1

CloseView, a utility included in every Macintosh, enables users to magnify screen contents up to 16 times. This utility allows for easier viewing by users who are visually impaired. Freeware.


Lupe is a utility that diplays a magnified view of whatever is underneath your mouse cursor. Freeware. See

MFZoom 2.1

MFZoom is a system extension that increases the menu and window title font size to 14pt. This is useful for big screen monitor users and those who have to squint to see the normal menu font. Freeware.

ZoomLens 2.5

This program magnifies the area around the mouse pointer in a box in the corner of the screen, making text and icons easier to see for individuals with low vision. Magnifies the area up to 24 times its regular size. Enlarges the menu bar, but not the actual menus. Freeware.

Other Magnification Information

On-Screen Keyboards


Here is an on-screen keyboard that can be used with the mouse or used with the mouse click acting as a single switch in a scanning mode. Shareware $15. See


HyperTyper was written in response to the over-priced software currently available for the disabled. HyperTyper has its limitations, for one it only works within HyperCard. To help correct this limitation, I've included two buttons: Export Text: You can use this to save whatever you've typed to a text file to save or to edit in a word processer program; Import Text: Use this button to retrieve text from any text file to work on within HyperTyper. Requires HyperCard Player. Shareware ($2).

KeyStrokes 2.1

KeyStrokes provides a fully functional on-screen keyboard that you can use to type with the mouse anywhere you would use a normal (hardware) keyboard (applications, dialog boxes, etc.). It also allows you to shift/option/command/control click. The latest version also includes a number of free dictionaries. Shareware ($45). See


EasyTyper 1.0.2

EasyTyper (tm) can type a word or phrase after you type a few characters and a "hotkey". Shareware ($39). See


TypeIt4Me is a control panel that gives abbreviation/expansion capability to the Macintosh, improving typing speed and productivity. Just type a shortcut code and TypeIt4Me will expand the abbreviation into a full word, phrase, or paragraph. Shareware ($27.00) See

Word Completion / Prediction

Apple Macintosh Word Completion/Prediction Information

For an in-depth discussion of word completion/prediction and a list of companies which produce word completion/prediction products, see

Keyboard Audio Feedback

Key Clicks 1.0.4

KeyClicks is a control panel that plays some very short sounds when you press a key. I made it because many people I know have trouble with the PowerBook and Duo keyboards (they have little feedback, so you can't tell whether a key was pressed or not).


Say It is a program that will speak keystrokes as you type. It's a handy program for people who like to have a voice response/reinforcement as they type.


Like the sound control panel, SndControl allows you to change the sound your Mac makes whenever it beeps (the alert sound). Unlike the sound control panel, it also allows you to assign sounds to the keys and over 30 distinct events instead of just a beep. Shareware ($20).

Soundmaster 1.8.1

SoundMaster is a utility that makes your Macintosh play sounds when certain system events occur (such as key clicks, disk insertion and ejection, and emptying the trash).

System requirements are System 6.0.4 or later, preferably 6.0.7 or later, and at least one megabyte of RAM memory, preferably at least two. Shareware ($15 + S/H).

TappyType 2.0.1

TappyType is a Control Panel extension that allows your Mac to make typewriter noises in response to your keypresses. It requires System 7.0 to work. Features include typewriter sounds for the spacebar, carriage return, page up and down, and ordinary keys; a special keystroke that allows you to turn TappyType on and off at any point, without opening the Control Panel; a list of active applications, to which TappyType will limit itself when making noises - you might enjoy the typewriter sound effects while using your favorite word processor or text editor, but probably not elsewhere. Freeware.

Voice Output Applications

Audio Interface 1.1

This program uses the MacIntalk or PlainTalk voices to read the contents of menus and dialogue boxes. It would be helpful for people with low vision and could also be used as a teaching tool for learning the menus of new programs. Good companion program for Speak2Me. Freeware.

English Text-to-Speech 1.4.1

This software enables your Macintosh to read English text aloud in different voices. With the English text-to-speech software installed, many Macintosh programs can read English text out loud.

HearIt 1.0d3

This program uses the MacIntalk or PlainTalk voices to read hilighted text in almost any application. Freeware.

keyboard talk

Keyboard Talk provides a voice for those who cannot speak. Originally developed to assist autistic children with augmentative communication, it can be used by anyone who cannot speak on their own. See

MacYack Pro

MacYack Pro from Scantron Quality Computers is a commercial text-to-speech program for the Macintosh that can speak documents, create speaking alerts and add speech to other programs with AppleScript. See

Microsoft Word Speak Plug-in Module

Word Speak is a plug-in module for Microsoft Word versions 5.0 and 5.1 for the Macintosh that lets you use your Macintosh computer and the Apple MacinTalk software to "speak" selections from a Microsoft Word document. You select the text you want, then choose the voice you want the computer to use. When you choose the Speak Selection command, the computer speaks the text.

Scan 'n Read

This program allows you to create your own accessible books using text, graphics and sound. See

Speak2me 1.0

Speak2Me uses MacinTalk to read the icons in the finder as they are selected. Speak2Me requires System 7 or later. Make sure that you are using the MacinTalk which is compatible with System 7.

SpeakAlert 1.0.6

SpeakAlert is a control panel/system extension that uses the Speech Manager to speak the text in alerts. The control panel allows you to choose the desired voice and to turn SpeakAlert off or on. SpeakAlert requires that the Speech Manager or PlainTalk TTS or MacInTalkPro system extensions are installed on your machine (any or all). It allows you to use the MacInTalk voices (Boris, RoboVox and the others) as well as the Gala Tea voices (TTS Male voice, Agnes and the others). Freeware.

Tex-Edit 2.7

This is a powerful, yet simple text editing program. It is useful for people with learning disabilities, since it will read back what one types in a MacIntalk or PlainTalk voice. The user has the option of having text highlighted by word or by paragraph as it is read. This highlighting feature, along with the ability to set the default voice and change its pitch, rate, and modulation, makes it more powerful than SimpleText. With the high-quality PlainTalk voices, this program transforms the Mac into an augmentative communication device. TypeIt4Me is a great companion to this program. The program can record and play sounds within documents and has color text capabilities. The biggest drawback is that it does not have spell-checking ability. Shareware ($5).

Tex-Edit Plus

Same as Tex-Edit, but can open styled documents of unlimited size (as much as your RAM can handle) instead of only 32K per window. Shareware $10.00.


TypeTalker pronounces not only every alphabetical letter, but also every word or paragraph in real-time as you enter information from your keyboard. This program requires the use of English Text to Speech. Shareware $18. See

Voice Box

Voice Box will speak whatever is typed into it upon the user typing a return. This is useful for deaf or speech impaired persons or it can be used with Intellikey keyboard for templates used by the blind. Requires MacinTalk (included in folder).


YSpeak is a free computer program for speech-and motor-disabled users. It is designed to assist in communicating in a variety of ways, reducing the input from the user to the minimum. Freeware. See

Voice Input Applications

HearCalc 2.0

HearCalc is a speech recognition calculator that utilizes Apple's Speech Recognition technology. Shareware. See


SpeechTyper uses Apple's Speech Recognition technology by typing any predefined phrase into any application you may be using. While this does not make you Mac a full fledged dictation machine, it does allow you to "type" commonly used words and phrases just by saying them. This is a PowerPC only application and requires the Speech Recognition Manager extension v1.5 or later. Shareware $15. See


SurfTalk is a background application that works in conjunction with Netscape Navigator and Apple's PlainTalk speech technologies to allow users to surf the web by voice. SurfTalk allows individuals to use speech recognition and speech synthesis to interact with virtually any web site on the Internet using Netscape Navigator for MacOS and a microphone. Requires English Speech Recognition. $15.

Braille and Sign Language Utilities

Braille Font

Braille Font is a public domain program for use with System 6 or 7. Freeware.

Dot to Dot

Dot to Dot is a simple Brailler application. Freeware. See


A HyperCard stack that teaches basic sign language. It signs both words and individual letters. Freeware.

Gallaudet Font

Gallaudet Font is a TrueType and Type 1 font that contains graphic representations of the American Sign Language alphabet for the deaf. Freeware.

Other Braille Information

Keyboard Modifications

Easy Access 7.2

Easy Access is a control panel extension containing a set of keyboard utilities. These utilities assist people who might otherwise have difficulties using the keyboard or the mouse. Included as part of Easy Access are three main features: Mouse Keys, Sticky Keys, and Slow Keys.

Sticky Keys - allows the user to press one key at a time for any command that requires simultaneously pressing two or more keys.

Slow Keys - delays the keyboard's acceptance of a key, so if a key is accidently hit, the keyboard will not recognize it.


Macintosh Dvorak Layout Software

This set of three keyboard layouts includes the ergonomic and efficient Dvorak keymap in the ANSI standard version for both hands and variations for those typing with either the left or right hand only. The ReadMe file includes pictures of the three layouts. Requires system 7. Freeware.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Adding Command Key Shortcuts

Adding Command Key Shortcuts is a complete step-by-step instruction (with pictures) on how to assign keyboard shortcuts (using ResEdit) to any menu item in any application. Freeware.


CanIt! is a utility which allows you to instantly trash all selected files and folders in a Finder window by pressing a command-key shortcut of your choice. No more laborious dragging files into the trash! CanIt! can be configured to leave the items in the trash, or automatically empty the trash, whichever you prefer. Requires System 7.1 or later and an OSA-compatible Finder.

Finder 7.5.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

Finder 7.5.1 Keyboard Shortcuts enables the user to assign keyboard shortcuts to most of the Finder 7.5.1's menu items. Includes hot keys for several functions. You must have ResEdit in order to use this resource. Freeware.

Hidden Finder Features

The same as Secret Finder Features (see below) except this is a control panel that allows you to turn on/off the special Finder features. Freeware.

KeyQuencer 1.2.1

This is a Macro program, but rather than defining abbreviations for text, it allows definitions of two-key shortcuts for long commands or sequences of commands. For example, when I type COMMAND and z, the current window expands, eliminating the need for me to use the mouse to click the zoom box. People who have difficulty using the mouse can assign mouse functions to keystrokes. People with learning disabilities or other memory problems can reduce hard-to-remember complex command sequences to two-key combinations. The process of scripting the macros is somewhat difficult, but the effort is worthwhile. Read the documentation carefully! Shareware ($10).

Keys! 1.0b5

Keys! is a control panel/system extension that adds command key shortcuts to dialog items in modal dialog boxes (buttons, radio buttons, and check boxes). It underlines a letter (generally the first one, as far as possible) of the name of each button or check box; if you hold down the command key and type that letter, it will be as if you had clicked on the button. Freeware.

Secret Finder Features

An extension that works with Finder 7.5.4 and 7.5.5 to add secret finder features. Four secret features of Finder 7.5.5 include:


UltraLaunch 1.0

UltraLaunch allows you to schedule times and assign hot keys to launch any application or open any document or desk accessory, thereby giving them one-touch access. Freeware. See

Application / Window Managers

AliasMenu 2.2

AliasMenu allows users to add customized menus to the menu bar. These menus work like the Apple menu. Each menu has a corresponding folder and the menu automatically reflects the folder's content.


ApplWindows is a control panel that helps you easily navigate through many windows or applications. Works under System 7.0 or later. It adds a list of available windows off the Application menu at the top right corner in the menu bar. Freeware.

AppTab 1.2

AppTab lets you switch between current applications using keyboard-selectable icons that appear in a little windoid. Shareware ($8).

CopyPaste 3.3

CopyPaste enables a user to copy five to ten items at a time and paste them into a different application. Shareware ($20).

Desktop Janitor

This utility stores your desktop and restores it's status, including desktop theme, window condition (status), icon locations, screen settings (height, width, depth), application switcher status. Freeware - $2 optional fee. See

DoubleScroll 2.1.2 and 2.2

DoubleScroll is a control panel which gives your Macintosh double arrows at both ends of your scroll bars, allowing you to scroll in both directions from one location. Version 2.1.2 is for MacOS Systems prior to 8.0. Version 2.2 of DoubleScroll works with MacOS System 8.0. Shareware ($10). See

eXpress 4.0

eXpress is an application that allows the user to access the Application menu as well as its features via the keyboard. Shareware ($10). See

GoMac 1.4.4

GoMac brings a powerful launch utility to the Mac OS with its Start Menu. Program startup is lightning fast with selected and recent applications and documents one click away. Shareware ($19.95). See


Do you open many windows on your desktop? Is it too much work to rearrange your windows with your mouse? Not anymore! You can use OmegaWindow to rearrange your window with a single keyboard shortcut. Do you often switch from one application to another? You thought that there must be a better way for switching applications. There is! OmegaWindow let you switch from one application to another in many ways with a single keyboard shortcuts. Shareware ($20).

Program Switcher 4.2.1

Program Switcher is a control panel that switches between open applications by typing Option and Tab at the same time. Shareware ($10).

Quit It 1.2.3

A Macintosh is very easy to use, but nevertheless there are naive users who don't understand anything about processes etc. All they see is windows on the screen, and to stop working they just close the window using the close box. But this leaves the application open, which can lead to confusion on one side, and on a shortage of memory on the other side. Quit It can take away this problem: whenever the last window of an application is closed using the close box, it will quit the application. That's all there is to it. Shareware ($15).

Typing Assistance


iType is a new type of performance enhancement utility designed to save you time and energy. Shareware ($20). See

SmartKeys 3

SmartKeys assists your typing in four ways. 1. Automatically corrects typing that violates conventional typesetting rules, such as typing more than one consecutive space. 2. Automatically corrects fast typing errors such as "teh" for "the. 3. Can require modifiers to engage Caps Lock and Help keys, making them more difficult to press inadvvertently. 4. In case of system crash, keeps a log of what was typed. Shareware $15. See


Apple IIe 3.0

IIe 3.0 is a fully functional Apple //e emulator for the Macintosh that can access 3.5" Apple II disks. Shareware ($30).

Line Drawings

Do To Learn is a site that has a data base of approximately 300 line drawings that can be downloaded to either a Mac or Windows based PC for free. These drawings or "picture cards" are very similar to those used in Boardmaker. See

Schuzzy 3.0.2

Schuzzy(tm) provides information about your SCSI devices and your Mac. It will allow you to save or print all this information. It will also allow you to mount disks that were not mounted on startup. If your disk doesn't have a disk driver on it, Schuzzy also comes with a driver you can install in memory to allow you to use your disk. Shareware.

SerialKeys 0.95 and Other Apple Macintosh Software Resources

For other Apple Macintosh software resources available, including SerialKeys, see

Serial Mouse Driver 1.01

Connect an IBM type serial mouse to your Macintosh, and use that instead of the standard Macintosh mouse. Works with Microsoft and Mouse Systems compatible mice. Shareware ($10).

StuffIt Expander 4.0.1

Decompresses many file types. Freeware. See