Mac accessibility shortcuts

Accessibility shortcuts help you control your Mac with a keyboard or assistive device. You can also ask Siri to help with some accessibility features.

Control accessibility options with your keyboard and Siri

You can use the keyboard shortcuts below to control accessibility options on your Mac, or you can ask Siri to perform these functions. For example, ask Siri to "Turn VoiceOver On."

Action Shortcut
Display Accessibility Options Option-Command-F5
or triple-press Touch ID (power button) on supported models1
Turn VoiceOver on or off2 Command-F5 or Fn-Command-F5
or hold Command and triple-press Touch ID on supported models1
Open VoiceOver Utility, if VoiceOver is turned on2 Control-Option-F8 or Fn-Control-Option-F8
Turn zoom on or off3 Option-Command-8
Zoom in3 Option-Command-Plus Sign (+)
Zoom out3 Option-Command-Minus Sign (-)
Turn the Invert colors setting on or off Control-Option-Command-8
Reduce contrast Control-Option-Command-Comma (,)
Increase contrast Control-Option-Command-Period (.)
  1. MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016), MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  2. To use VoiceOver and VoiceOver Utility, you might need to turn on "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" in Keyboard preferences. You might also need to make VoiceOver ignore the next key press before you can use some of the other Mac keyboard shortcuts.
  3. To use the zoom shortcuts, you might need to turn on "Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom" in Accessibility preferences.

Use your keyboard like a mouse with Full Keyboard Access

Full Keyboard Access lets you use your keyboard like a mouse to navigate and interact with items on the screen. With Full Keyboard Access, you use the Tab key and arrow keys to navigate to items on the screen, and the Space bar to select an item.

Follow these steps to turn on Full Keyboard Access:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Keyboard.
  2. Click Shortcuts.
  3. To navigate only to text boxes and lists on the screen, select "Text boxes and lists only." To enable Full Keyboard Access and navigate to all controls on the screen, select "All controls."
Action Shortcut
Switch between navigation of all controls on the screen, or only text boxes and lists Control-F7
Move to the next control Tab
Move to the previous control Shift-Tab
Move to the next control when a text field is selected Control-Tab
Move the focus to the previous grouping of controls Control-Shift-Tab
Move to the adjacent item in a list, tab group, or menu
Move sliders and adjusters (Up Arrow to increase values, Down Arrow to decrease values)
Arrow keys
Move to a control adjacent to the text field Control–Arrow keys
Choose the selected menu item Space bar
Click the default button or perform the default action Return or Enter
Click the Cancel button or close a menu without choosing an item Esc
Move the focus to the previous panel Control-Shift-F6
Move to the status menu in the menu bar Control-F8
Activate the next open window in the front app Command-Accent (`)
Activate the previous open window in the front app Shift-Command-Accent (`)
Move the focus to the window drawer Option-Command-Accent (`)

To use these shortcuts, first press Control-F2 to put the focus on the menu bar.

Action Shortcut
Move from menu to menu Left Arrow, Right Arrow
Open a selected menu Return
Move to menu items in the selected menu Up Arrow, Down Arrow
Jump to a menu item in the selected menu Type the menu item's name
Choose the selected menu item Return

Use Mouse Keys to move the mouse pointer

When Mouse Keys is turned on, you can use the keyboard or numeric keypad keys to move the mouse pointer.

Action Shortcut
Move up 8 or numeric keypad 8
Move down K or numeric keypad 2
Move left U or numeric keypad 4
Move right O or numeric keypad 6
Move diagonally down and to the left J or numeric keypad 1
Move diagonally down and to the right L or numeric keypad 3
Move diagonally up and to the left 7 or numeric keypad 7
Move diagonally up and to the right 9 or numeric keypad 9
Press the mouse button I or numeric keypad 5
Hold the mouse button M or numeric keypad 0
Release the mouse button . (period)

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