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

Use these keyboard shortcuts to control accessibility options, or just ask Siri. For example, ask Siri to “Turn VoiceOver On”.

Action Shortcut
Show the Accessibility Shortcuts panel Option-Command-F5
or triple-press Touch ID (power button) on supported models
Turn VoiceOver on or off1 Command-F5
or Fn-Command-F5
or press and hold Command and triple-press Touch ID on supported models
Open VoiceOver Utility, if VoiceOver is turned on1 Control-Option-F8 or Fn-Control-Option-F8
Turn zoom on or off2 Option-Command-8
Zoom in2 Option-Command-Plus sign (+)
Zoom out2 Option-Command-Minus sign (-)
Invert colours3 Control-Option-Command-8
Reduce contrast Control-Option-Command-Comma (,)
Increase contrast Control-Option-Command-Full stop (.)

1. To use VoiceOver and VoiceOver Utility, you may need to turn on “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” in Keyboard preferences. You may also need to make VoiceOver ignore the next key press before you can use some of the other Mac keyboard shortcuts.

2. To use the zoom shortcuts, you may need to turn on “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom” in Accessibility preferences.

3. To enable this shortcut, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Keyboard. In the Shortcuts tab, select Accessibility on the left, then select “Invert colours” on the right.


Use your keyboard like a mouse

You can use your keyboard like a mouse to navigate and interact with items onscreen. 

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Keyboard.
  2. Click Shortcuts.
  3. From the bottom of the preferences window, tick the “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls” box. (In macOS Mojave or earlier, this setting appears as an “All controls” button.)
Action Shortcut
Switch between navigation of all controls on the screen, or only text boxes and lists Control-F7 or Fn-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 or Fn-Control-F8
Activate the next open window in the front app Command-Grave accent (`)
Activate the previous open window in the front app Shift-Command-Grave accent (`)
Move the focus to the window drawer Option-Command-Grave accent (`)

To use these shortcuts, first press Control-F2 or Fn-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 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 . (full stop)


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