macOS High Sierra

Navigate using letters, text, or attributes

Navigate by searching for a letter, text, or text attribute.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

By letter

You can use fast searching to quickly move to the next occurrence of a letter in an element on the screen. To set up fast searching, open VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is on), click the Navigation category, select the “Enable fast searching” checkbox, then choose a Command key to use.

  • To search for the next element that begins with a specific letter, press the specified Command key and the letter. For example, press Left Command-S.

  • To search for the previous element that begins with a specific letter, press the specified Command key, the Shift key, and the letter. For example, press Left Command-Shift-S.

By text

Type a phrase in the VoiceOver search panel to navigate to the next occurrence of that phrase.

  1. Press VO-F to display the search panel.

  2. In the search panel, type or paste the text you’re looking for, then press Return.

    VoiceOver searches from the VoiceOver cursor to the end of the text area.

    • To find the next occurrence of the text in the window, press VO-G.

    • To find the previous occurrence of the text in the window, press VO-Shift-G.

  3. To review past searches, press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key. Before you repeat, delete, or enter a new search, press VO-F.

    • To repeat a previous search, press Command-A.

    • To delete a search, press Command-Delete.

By text attribute

  • To find the next or previous instance of an attribute, use the following commands:

    Attribute

    Find the next instance

    Find the previous instance

    Bold text

    VO-Command-B

    VO-Command-Shift-B

    Font change

    VO-Command-O

    VO-Command-Shift-O

    Text that has the same style as the current text

    VO-Command-S (if you are not in a text area, VO-Command-S finds the next item that is the same as the current item)

    VO-Command-Shift-S (if you are not in a text area, VO-Command-Shift-S finds the previous item that is the same as the current item)

    Style change

    VO-Command-C

    VO-Command-Shift-C

    Italic text

    VO-Command-I

    VO-Command-Shift-I

    Color change

    VO-Command-K

    VO-Command-Shift-K

    Underlined text

    VO-Command-U

    VO-Command-Shift-U

    Plain text

    VO-Command-P

    VO-Command-Shift-P

    Graphic

    VO-Command-G

    VO-Command-Shift-G

    Link

    VO-Command-L

    VO-Command-Shift-L