Documentation

This is a page that contains various documents and manuals that should assist you in using your Mac or iOS device. I have tried to separate the types of documentation and also indicate the more recent documentation for the latest operating systems when applicable.

Keyboard Command Documentation for the Mac

Most Recent

Mac OS shortcuts as of Sierra.
Mac OS Shortcuts as of Sierra.

The actual link on the Apple Support page to this document is
here.

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for El Capitan
Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts for El Capitan

Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts for Mavericks
Keyboard shortcuts for OS X Mavericks

Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts for Mountain Lion
Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts for Mountain Lion.rtf

Special Symbols and characters on a regular Mac keyboard Special Symbols and Characters on the regular Mac Keyboard.rtf

Older Documents for the Mac

Apple keyboard shortcuts for Lion. Mac OS X Lion Keyboard Commands.rtf

Apple keyboard shortcuts for Snow Leopard
Apple_keyboard_shortcuts_for_Snow_Leopard.rtf

OS X keyboard commands as of Leopard key_commands_Mac_OS_Leopard.pdf

Keyboard Command Documentation for iOS

Most recent

Bluetooth commands for iOS 9
Up-to-date Bluetooth Keyboard Commands for iOS 9

Braille Commands for iOS 7
iOS 7Braille Display Commands.txt

Older iOS Documentation

Keyboard shortcuts for the Apple Wireless keyboard for use with iOS 4 (converted from an email message by Esther that was posted on the VIphone list)
Apple_Wireless_Keyboard_Shortcuts_for_the_iPhone_and__iPad_for_iOS_4.rtf

Braille commands for using a Braille Display with the iPhone Note; I’d like to give credit to the person who created this document, so if they recognize it, please contact me or post a comment in this section iPhone Braille commands.doc
iOS 5 keyboard commands and gestures, courtesy of Keith Reedy, and written by Daniel Gˆransson of AxS Lab iOS 5 Voice_Over Gesture Keyboard Commands.rtf

iOS 5 Braille Commands with Braille Displays written by Daniel Gˆransson of AxS Lab
iOS_5 Braille Commands.rtf

Manuals and User Guides for the Mac

Most Recent

VoiceOver Getting Started with Sierra
VoiceOver Getting Started with Sierra

VoiceOver Getting started with El Capitan
VoiceOver Getting Started Guide with El Capitan

VoiceOver Getting Started with Yosemite
VoiceOver Getting Started Guide for Yosemite.txt

VoiceOver Getting Started with Mavericks.
VoiceOver Getting Started Guide for Mavericks.txt

Macbook Pro User Guide, kindly contributed by Michael Gerwat. A Note from Michael please note: I have as far as possible with out changing the text, reproduced this manual for braille users who wish to print it in braille. Due to the fact that there were literally hundreds of visual symbols and odd characters, even after converting from pdf, I have changed a few things. For ease of reading I have put dashes between menu options, as the symbols used in the manual may interfere with normal braille printing. I have also left, for sighted users who may work with blind people, (visually impaired) for those folks who prefer that term, people so they can refer sighted people to a printed page in the hard copy of the manual. I have also left two returns between any web sites mentioned so we can easily search for them. In many cases, there are numbers and sub-headings with strange symbols in. I have deleted these and as far as possible replaced them with numbers. Some of these may be slightly out of sequence, due to the fact that there were lots of them and the convection process took out every single space between words! Another thing to note, this manual isn’t for the accessibility products that come with your apple, it is merely the actual operating manual of the machine. A lot of the information is useful only to sighted users or those who can see the screen. However, there is a lot of stuff that may come in handy. Also, I haven’t put in the list of supported telepone numbers because they converted all over the place andI don’t have a sighted person who can sort them all out. The same goes unfortunately for the contents page as well. I take no responsibility for any inaccuracies and have done my very best to faithfully produce the manual. Finally, I haven’t as yet, transcribed all the safety blurb at the end of the manual. I have left the web address at the end of the document where you can download or look at this if desired. Michael Gerwat. email: mike.gerwat@gmail.com if you want any information. It’s taken an age to do this. I’ve done in on a braille display as I am DeafBlind with two cochlear implants. Please enjoy.
macbook pro manual.rtf

Older Documentation for the Mac

VoiceOver getting started for Tiger (in MP3 format)
VoiceOver_GettingStarted_for_Tiger.zip

VoiceOver documentation for OS 10.5 Leopard
VoiceOver_Getting_Started_for_Leopard.rtf

VoiceOver Getting Started for Leopard (in 3GP audio format).
VoiceOver_Getting_started_with_Leopard.zip

VoiceOver OS 10.6 Snow Leopard documentation
VoiceOver_Getting_Started_for_Snow_Leopard.rtf

VoiceOver Getting Started for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (in Daisy format, created by Greg Kearney) VoiceOver Getting Started SL 202.zip

VoiceOver Getting Started with Lion in Braille (comes in 3 volumes). VO Getting Started Lion.zip

VoiceOver Getting Started with Lion in RTF format
VoiceOver Getting Started with Lion.rtf

VoiceOver Getting Started with Mountain Lion in RTF format.
VoiceOver Getting Started with Mountain Lion.rtf

A different version of the VoiceOver Getting Started with Mountain Lion Manual, contributed by Michael Gerwat
apple mountain lion for VoiceOver.rtf

Manuals and User Guides for iOS

Most Recent

iPhone iOS 8 User Guide
iphone user guide for iOS 8.rtf

iPad iOS 8 User Guide
ipad user guide for iOS 8.1.rtf

iPod Nano G7 user guide
iPod_Nano_7th_Gen_User_Guide.rtf

iPod Shuffle G4 User Guide
iPod_Shuffle_4th_Gen_User_Guide.rtf

Older Manuals and User Guides for iOS

iPad 1 user guide
iPad_user_guide.rtf

iPad 2 (iOS 4.3) user guide
ipad_2_user_guide.rtf

iPad (iOS 5.0) user guide
ipad user guide for iOS 5.0.rtf

iPad iOS 6 User Guide
ipad user guide for iOS 6.0.rtf

iPhone iOS 4-1 user guide
iPhone_iOS4-1_User_Guide.doc

iPhone iOS 4.2 and 4.3 user guide
iPhone_User_Guide_for_iOS_4.2_and_4.3.rtf

iPhone iOS 5.0 user guide
iphone user guide for iOS 5.0.rtf

iPhone iOS 5.1 user guide
iphone user guide for iOS 5.1.rtf

iPhone iOS 6.0 user guide
iphone user guide for iOS 6.rtf

iPod Touch G4 (for iOS 4.3) user guide
iPod_touch_iOS4_User_Guide.rtf

iPod Touch G4 (for iOS 5.0) user guide
ipod touch user guide for iOS 5.0.rtf

iPod Nano G4 user guide
iPod_Nano_G4_user_guide.rtf

iPod Nano G5 User Guide
iPod_Nano_5th_Gen_User_Guide.rtf

iPod Nano G6 user guide
iPod_Nano_6th_Gen_User_Guide.rtf

Apple TV 2nd Generation Setup Guide
Apple_TV_2nd_gen_Setup_Guide.rtf

Apple TV 2nd Generation Setup Guide (in Daisy audio format)
Apple_TV_2nd_gen_Setup_Guide.zip

Tutorials and Other Documentation

Mac

A tutorial for Garage Band 6, (Version 3) courtesy of Keith Reedy, 11/2011
GarageBand_6_with_Voiceover_editing_using_loops_and_more.rtf

iCal Guide for Leopard, courtesy of Keith Reedy
Ical_Guide_Leopard.rtf

Using VoiceOver with the VueScan scanning application and Read Iris Pro OCR Package, courtesy of Keith Reedy and written by Anne Robertson
vuescan.zip

Using Mac Applications in Tiger, courtesy of Keith Reedy, and written by John W. Hess
Using MAC Applications with Voiceover tiger edition.rtf

Using Mac Applications in Leopard, courtesy of Keith Reedy, and written by John W. Hess
Using_Mac_Applications_with_Voiceover_the_Leopard_Edition.rtf

Using Mac Applications in Snow Leopard, courtesy of Keith Reedy, and written by John W. Hess
Using_Mac_Applications_with_Voiceover_the_Snow_Leopard_Edition.txt

Spell Checking in Tiger, courtesy of Keith Reedy and written by Keith Reedy, John W. Hess and others.
spell_checking_in_TextEdit_Mail_and_Web_mail_in_Tiger.rtf

iOS

Some helpful tips for using the Siri Assistant on the iPhone 4S, as well as some dictation tips.
Note that this document does apply to all of the subsequent iPhone models and iPad models that have SIRI available.
Siri Tips for Dictation.rtf

King of Dragon Pass Tutorial A brief tutorial for the iDevice game, King of Dragon Pass, originally posted on the Mac Visionaries list in multiple parts. This tutorial was written by Anouk Radix, and is posted here with the author’s kind permission. The editing was done by me, so I take responsibility for any errors of that kind.
King of Dragon Pass Tutorial.rtf

6 Responses to Documentation

  1. angel0107 says:

    I just got a macbook air for my birthday. I’m looking forward to learning to use it. Thanks for the helpful info.

    • John says:

      You are very welcome. I’m glad that the information provided here is helpful to you. That’s why I have taken the time to maintain this site.

      John

      • angel0107 says:

        hey John, I have a question about apple mail. I sent a message and now, every time I open mail, it is there, and it it resends it also. How can I make the message go away? At least, it is sending a copy to me. I’m not sure what is up with that.

  2. John says:

    With this message, is the to field set to yourself and is the message appearing in your sent items folder each time it is sent? You can also check your mailbox list and see if an Outbox is visible. If the message is present, just delete it from the Outbox.

    • angel0107 says:

      I’ll try that. I did all this messing with email before i listened to your tutorial yesterday LOL. Sorry. You have a great web site. If I need Apple Accessories, I’ll remember to click the link on your site so that you can make a little money. I can’t thank you enough for suc a great service.

  3. John says:

    Thank you very much. Please feel free to write me directly at john@macfortheblind.com should you need any additional help.

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