Layout, Braille category, VoiceOver Utility on Mac
Use the Layout pane of the Braille category in VoiceOver Utility to customize settings for a braille display connected to your Mac.
To open VoiceOver Utility, press Command-F5 to turn VoiceOver on, then press VO-Fn-F8.
Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier. See Use the VoiceOver modifier.
Show multiple items
Show items to the left and right of the VoiceOver cursor on the braille display. For example, toolbar buttons around the button that’s in the VoiceOver cursor are shown. When this option is selected, the option to use dots 7 and 8 to indicate the VoiceOver cursor is also selected, so that you know which item is in the cursor.
If you deselect this option, only the item in the VoiceOver cursor is shown on the braille display. The option to use dots 7 and 8 to indicate the VoiceOver cursor is also deselected as it’s no longer needed.
Use dots 7 and 8 to indicate VoiceOver cursor
Raise dots 7 and 8 to indicate the position of the VoiceOver cursor. This option is selected by default.
Use word wrap
Words that don’t fit on the current braille line are moved to the next line after you pan, instead of being broken across multiple lines. This option is selected by default.
If you use a smaller braille display or work with content that includes many long words, it may be helpful to deselect this option.
Use insertion point wrap
If you type something that’s too long to fit on the current braille line, the braille display is cleared and the insertion point moves to a new line. This option is selected by default.
Deselect this option if you don’t want to clear the braille display when you type past it. The insertion point stays at the end of the line, and you can easily check what you just typed without needing to pan back.
Turn pages when panning
When you pan to the top or bottom of a page in Books, automatically turn the page.
Display text style
When you use six-dot or contracted six-dot braille, indicate common text styling, like italics or underlining, in the cells preceding styled text.
Show alert messages for duration
Control how long alerts, such as notifications or VoiceOver announcements, are shown on the braille display by dragging the slider left or right.
Ignore Chord Duration
Control how quickly VoiceOver recognizes quick, consecutive key presses as a command when you type by dragging the slider left or right.
Auto Advance Duration
Enter or set how many seconds VoiceOver pauses before automatically advancing to the next line when you pan lines on a braille display.
To easily turn auto advance on or off as needed, you can assign the Toggle Auto Advance On or Off command to a key on your braille display. See Assign VoiceOver commands to braille display keys.
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