Safari 6 (OS X Mountain Lion): Full keyboard access shortcuts

Full keyboard access is useful for people who have difficulty using a mouse. Safari supports standard full keyboard access shortcuts for buttons and menus. You can also use the keyboard to highlight links in webpages.

With full keyboard access turned on, Safari uses the standard shortcut keys to access menus and windows, plus the additional shortcuts shown in the table below. To turn on full keyboard access, open the Keyboard Shortcuts pane of Keyboard preferences.

Key Action


Highlights buttons and text boxes in the address bar, bookmarks and bookmark collections in the bookmarks bar and bookmarks list, and tabs in the tab bar.

You can also highlight links and buttons in webpages. To turn this feature on, choose Safari > Preferences, click Advanced, and then select “Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage.”

Up Arrow and Down Arrow

Opens menus for bookmark collections in the bookmarks bar and for the Back and Forward buttons in the address bar. You can also use the arrow keys to select items in these menus.


If you chose to highlight links using the Tab key, you can press Option-Tab to select items that are not links. This can be useful if a page has a large number of links.

Space bar

Selects a highlighted button.


Opens a highlighted link.

Use Accessibility preferences to turn on accessibility features.

Last Modified: Dec 11, 2012

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