How to Use Head Pointer Accessibility Feature on Mac

macOS 10.15.4 came with some notable features, including Screen Time Communication Limits and the ability to allow developers to create a single binary with code for macOS, iOS, and tvOS. But the more interesting feature is the “Head Pointer”. If you’re wondering what this new feature is, let me tell you it’s an Accessibility feature that lets users control the on-screen cursor with head movements using the Mac’s camera. Here is a quick step-by-step on how to use Head Pointer Accessibility feature on Mac if you find this feature worth a look.

Note: It is currently in beta version of macOS 10.15. If you are on the stable version, you will have to wait a few weeks for this update to reach you.

Controlling Screen Cursor with Head Gestures on Mac

Designed primarily for people with motor problems, Head Pointer offers full customization. So a user can customize it to better suit their needs. While Accessibility is already feature-rich with a number of useful features such as Voice Control and Color Filters, it will further build on Accessibility’s reputation as a great package for people with different disabilities.

Getting started with Head Pointer on Mac is pretty simple. But before you implement it, you need to adjust it according to your needs. To do this, click on apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen -> System Preferences -> Accessibility.

Now, click Head Marker. Here you can fine-tune how this feature works on Mac. For example, you can adjust pointer speed and cursor movements, and more. Ideally, set the settings so that the pointer follows your head movements wherever you look. Attention moving the head faster makes the cursor move faster.

Use Head Pointer on Mac

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Another notable setting is “Edge distance” which allows you define the amount of head movement required before the cursor engages. Although Head Pointer is set to receive input from the Mac’s built-in camera, you have the option to choose another device. To do this, click the menu next to the camera option and then select the external camera connected to your Mac.

Depending on your needs, you can choose: create a custom keystroke Be sure to click after setting everything up to pause or resume Head Pointer. OK to finish. Come in!

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Use Head Pointer to Control Screen Cursor on Mac

That’s how this exciting macOS feature works. As someone who always praises Apple’s Accessibility suite for being so helpful, I welcome this new addition. How do you rate this Accessibility feature? Share your valuable feedback in the comments below.