macOS High Sierra

Drag and drop items

Drag and drop items from one location to another. Both the original and destination locations must be on the screen when you start dragging the items.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Use commands

  1. Move the VoiceOver cursor to an item, then press VO-, to mark it for drag and drop.

    To use a modifier with the command, press and hold VO-, until the Drag and Drop menu appears, then choose a modifier.

  2. Move the VoiceOver cursor to the location where you want to drop the marked item, then use one of the following commands to drop the marked items:

    • On the cursor location: VO-.

    • In front of the cursor location: VO-<

    • After the cursor location: VO->

If you selected a modifier at the start of the operation, VoiceOver uses the modifier to perform any special behaviors when it drops the item. For example, if you drop a marked file in the Finder using the Option modifier, VoiceOver duplicates the file.

Use the mouse

Mouse tracking can be on or off.

  1. Move the VoiceOver cursor to the item you want to move.

    If mouse tracking is off, press VO-Command-F5 to move the VoiceOver cursor to the target location.

  2. Verify that the mouse is on the item by pressing VO-F5.

  3. Lock the mouse button by pressing VO-Command-Shift-Space bar.

  4. Move the VoiceOver cursor to the target location.

    If mouse tracking is off, press VO-Command-F5 to move the mouse to the target location.

  5. Verify that the mouse is on the target location by pressing VO-F5.

  6. Unlock the mouse button by pressing VO-Command-Shift-Space bar.

Drag to a hot spot

If you used the Commanders category in VoiceOver Utility to assign Drop Marked Item hot spot commands to keys or gestures, you can drag items to the same hot spot.

  1. Mark an item to drag, then use one of the commands you assigned to a key or gesture.

    VoiceOver asks you to press the number key for the hot spot you want to use for the drop, then drops the marked item after, before, or on the hot spot.

  2. After the drop, the VoiceOver cursor returns to its original location. Repeat for each item you want to drop on the hot spot.

A marked item remains available to drop again unless it’s no longer on the screen, or you mark a new item for drag and drop.