Montgomery Township, New Jersey

Enable Access for Assistive Devices in OS X Mavericks

I love QuickCursor. I’ve used this app for several years to copy whatever text windows I’m working on — a long blog post in WordPress for example — into a text editor1 of my choice. When I save and quit the text editor, all the text is pasted back into the text window. The app is no longer under active development but I must use it at least once a day.

I have QuickCursor in my Login Items and after upgrading to OS X Mavericks I saw the following message pop-up.

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I’ve seen this message before, shortly after installing QuickCursor the first time. So I opened up System Preferences and clicked on the Accessibility Pane where I expected to find the option to enable assistive devices. Unfortunately, the old check box for assistive devices was gone. Looking at the options available and none seemed to apply.

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I poked around in the options trying to find something that would work. I started to get frustrated so I open a browser. After a few minutes of searching2 I found the answer.

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Apple has changed some of the security preferences of Mavericks to more closely match those of iOS. The option to enable accessibility for apps had move to System Preferences->Security & Privacy->Privacy-> Accessibility. This allows the user to choose which apps can gain access to these features. Once I unlocked the preference pane I selected the check box for QuickCursor to enable access to assistive devices.


  1. Usually Byword
  2. I dumped Google for Duck Duck Go. 
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