macOS High Sierra

Hear hints and information about an item

VoiceOver provides several ways to learn more about the item in the VoiceOver cursor.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

  • To hear a description of the item, press VO-F3. If Trackpad Commander is enabled, tap the trackpad three times. A sound effect indicates if the cursor is in a blank area.

  • To hear the item’s help tag, press VO-Shift-H. VoiceOver tells you if an item doesn’t have a help tag (sometimes called a “tooltip”).

  • To hear how to use the item, press VO-Shift-N.

To have help tags and instructions read automatically, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click the Verbosity category, then click Hints.