macOS High Sierra

VoiceOver standard gestures

If you’re using a trackpad, you can use standard VoiceOver gestures to perform actions such as navigating and interacting with items on the screen. You can’t modify the standard gestures. VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Note: If a gesture doesn’t mention a specific number of fingers, use a single finger.

General

Enable the Trackpad Commander and VoiceOver gestures

VO-two-finger rotate clockwise

Disable the Trackpad Commander and VoiceOver gestures

VO-two-finger rotate counterclockwise

Turn the screen curtain on or off

Three-finger triple-tap

Mute or unmute VoiceOver

Three-finger double-tap

Navigation

Force the VoiceOver cursor into a horizontal or vertical line when you drag a finger across the trackpad

Hold down the Shift key and drag a finger horizontally or vertically

Move the VoiceOver cursor to the next item

Flick right

Move the VoiceOver cursor to the previous item

Flick left

Move content or the scroll bar (depending on the Trackpad Commander setting)

Three-finger flick in any direction

Go to the Dock

Two-finger double-tap near the bottom of the trackpad

Go to the menu bar

Two-finger double-tap near the top of the trackpad

Open the Application Chooser

Two-finger double-tap on the left side of the trackpad

Open the Window Chooser

Two-finger double-tap on the right side of the trackpad

Jump to another area of the current app

Press Control while touching a finger on the trackpad

Interaction

Speak the item in the VoiceOver cursor or, if there isn’t an item, play a sound effect to indicate a blank area

Touch (includes tap or dragging)

Select an item

Double-tap anywhere. You can also split-tap (touch one finger, then tap with a second finger).

Start interacting with the item in the VoiceOver cursor

Two-finger flick right

Stop interacting with the item in the VoiceOver cursor

Two-finger flick left

Scroll one page down or up

Three-finger flick up or down

Escape (close a menu without making a selection)

Two-finger scrub back and forth

Increase or decrease the value of a slider, splitter, stepper, or other control

Flick up (increase) or flick down (decrease)

Text

Read the current page, starting at the top

Two-finger flick up

Read from the VoiceOver cursor to the end of the current page

Two-finger flick down

Read the current scroll page

Three-finger tap

Pause or resume speaking

Two-finger tap

Describe what’s in the VoiceOver cursor

Triple-tap

Change how VoiceOver reads text (by word, line, sentence, or paragraph)

Press Command while touching a finger on the trackpad

Rotor

Change the rotor settings

Two-finger rotate

Move to the previous item based on the rotor setting

Flick up

Move to the next item based on the rotor setting

Flick down

To customize other gestures by assigning VoiceOver commands to them, use the Trackpad Commander. For more information, see Assign VoiceOver commands to gestures.