macOS High Sierra

Navigate webpages using web spots

As VoiceOver opens a webpage, it evaluates the visual design, groups items based on the design, and creates an “auto web spot” on the first item in each group. VoiceOver briefly outlines the group with a large rectangle, which transitions into the VoiceOver cursor, positioned on the first auto web spot in the first group. You use commands or the Rotor to jump from one auto web spot to another on the webpage.

You can create your own web spots to mark favorite content. If you mark one of your web spots as the “sweet spot,” it appears first in the list of web spots in the Rotor.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

  • To create a web spot, press VO-Command-}. You can create an unlimited number of web spots for a webpage.

  • To remove a web spot, press VO-Command-{. You can delete only web spots you create.

  • To set a sweet spot, press VO-Command-}-}.

  • To jump to the next or previous auto web spot, press VO-Command-N or VO-Command-Shift-N.

  • To jump to the next or previous web spot you created, press VO-Command-] or VO-Command-[.

If the design of a webpage changes significantly and VoiceOver can’t locate a web spot that previously existed on the page, it creates a new one that closely matches the original one.

To set an option to have the VoiceOver cursor focused on the sweet spot when a webpage opens, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click the Web category, then click the Page Loading pane.