macOS High Sierra

Ways to browse webpages

There are several ways you can browse and navigate webpages.

Note: VO represents 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 enabled, 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.