macOS High Sierra

Navigate menus

The menu bar at the top of the screen contains several menus, such as the Apple menu, the app menu, and the status menus.

If Trackpad Commander is enabled, you can use gestures when navigating menus.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Navigate to the menu bar

  • Press VO-M, or double-tap with two fingers near the top edge of the trackpad.

Navigate in the menu bar

  • Go to a specific menu: Type the first letter of the menu. For example, type “H” to jump to the Help menu.

  • Go to the status menus: Press VO-M-M.

  • Move among the menus in an area of the menu bar: Press VO-Right Arrow or VO-Left Arrow. A sound effect indicates when you’re at the end of an area.

  • Open Spotlight: Press Command-Space bar.

  • Ask Siri: Press the keyboard shortcut (as specified in the Siri pane of System Preferences). If Siri isn’t shown in the menu bar, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Siri, then select “Show Siri in menu bar.”

If you’re using VoiceOver gestures, drag a finger across the trackpad to navigate the areas and menus in the menu bar. You hear a sound effect when moving over a blank space. You can also flick left or right to move between menus.

Navigate a menu

  • To open any menu, press VO-Space bar.

  • To move down or up a menu, press VO-Down Arrow or VO-Up Arrow, or drag a finger down or up on the trackpad.

  • To move to a submenu, press VO-Right Arrow or flick right on the trackpad. To return to the main menu, press VO-Left Arrow or flick left on the trackpad.

Close a menu

  • To exit a menu without selecting an item, press Escape, or scrub back and forth with two fingers on the trackpad.

To open a shortcut menu for an item, press VO-Shift-M, or use the customized gesture Control-Trackpad click (you can change this default assignment and assign the command to a different gesture).