Siri on the Mac and 9 other simple tech fixes that will make your life easier

1. Did you know virtual assistant Siri is now built into the latest version of OS X on Macs?

2. Would you rather dictate your documents and emails for your computer to do the typing? Try the Voice recognition option built into PCs. Information on voice recognition on Macs is here

3. Do you have difficulty spelling certain words, but always spell them the same way – ie wierd and weird - Global Auto Correct will help dyslexic people and others with their individual spelling mistakes

4. If you have trouble reading, or prefer to give your eyes a rest, try a free text-to-speech reader like natural reader.

5. Struggle with mouse buttons? Try Dwell Clicker 2 from Smartbox on a PC

6. Do you sometimes find it hard to see where your cursor is on screen? You can follow these instructions to make your cursor bigger in Windows 7 or 8

7. If you are, or know, an older or disabled person who needs help with tech and IT, AbilityNet can send you a free DBS checked volunteer to help with computer, smartphone, tablet issues.

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8.  If you're a student who has a disability, including a mental health problem, AbilityNet has a team to help you with tech

9. We can make your website accessible and inclusive, meaning a much wider audience reach

10. If you want the chance to come and work with us, we’ve got some of the best accessibility jobs in the world on our website 

  • Call our free helpline on 0800 269 545 or more information or go to for loads more help and advice on getting the most out of your technology and IT.