Use VoiceOver to browse webpages on Mac
There are several ways you can browse and navigate webpages.
Choose a default navigation mode, by Document Object Model (DOM) or by grouping related items. You can switch between modes to use the one best suited for the current webpage. See Use VoiceOver to navigate webpages by DOM or group mode.
Use the VoiceOver rotor when viewing webpages to quickly jump to web items such as links, headings, web spots, tables, and more. See Use the VoiceOver rotor.
Use the web settings of the gestures rotor to navigate using gestures. See Use the VoiceOver gestures rotor.
With Quick Nav, navigate webpages and apps using only arrow keys, or webpages using single keys. See Use VoiceOver Quick Nav in apps and webpages.
Use auto web spots and web spots you create to quickly scan webpages. See Use VoiceOver to navigate webpages using web spots.
Hear a summary of a table and its cells as you press the arrow keys to navigate the table. Interact with the table only if you hear something of interest. See Use VoiceOver to navigate webpage tables.
Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier. See Use the VoiceOver modifier.
To streamline navigation on some webpages, VoiceOver may automatically interact with a group. If you don’t want VoiceOver to automatically interact with a group, press VO-Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow. If Quick Nav is on, press Shift-Right Arrow or Left Arrow.
Some websites use keyboard commands for specific purposes, such as using an arrow key to jump to another item, which renders the commands unavailable for navigating text on the website. To set an option to always use keyboard commands to navigate text, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click Web, then click Navigation.
Web developers can assign keyboard shortcuts, called “access keys,” to webpage items such as links and buttons, to make them easier to interact with. VoiceOver can announce when it detects access keys, saying for example “Access key available: s” for a link; then you press Control-S to open the link. To set an option to hear access keys, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click Verbosity, then click Hints.