VoiceOver navigation commands on Mac
Use these commands to perform actions such as moving around the screen, moving inside windows and webpages, and controlling cursor tracking. VO represents the VoiceOver modifier (see Use the VoiceOver modifier).
Note: When VoiceOver is on, you can enter VoiceOver commands by using the Fn and number keys with the VoiceOver modifier, as an alternative to using the function keys (F1 through F12). For example, to open VoiceOver Utility you can press Control-Option-Fn-8 (instead of Control-Option-F8).
If you use the function keys (F1 through F12), you may need to also press and hold the Fn key, depending on how you set the behavior of function keys in Keyboard settings.
Move the VoiceOver cursor up
Move the VoiceOver cursor down
Move the VoiceOver cursor to the left
Move the VoiceOver cursor to the right
Move to the top of the visible area (such as a window or text area) where the VoiceOver cursor is located
On some keyboards, press VO-Shift-Fn-Left Arrow.
Move to the bottom of the visible area (such as a window or text area) where the VoiceOver cursor is located
On some keyboards, press VO-Shift-Fn-Right Arrow.
Move to the top of the area (such as a window or text area) where the VoiceOver cursor is located, scrolling if necessary
On some keyboards, press VO-Fn-Left Arrow.
Move to the bottom of the area (such as a window or text area) where the VoiceOver cursor is located, scrolling if necessary
On some keyboards, press VO-Fn-Right Arrow.
Move to the top of a window, the first item in the Dock, or the first item on your desktop, depending on your location
On some keyboards, press VO-Command-Fn-Left Arrow.
Move to the lower-right corner of a window, the last item in the Dock, or the last item on your desktop, depending on your location
On some keyboards, press VO-Command-Fn-Right Arrow.
Move the window containing the VoiceOver cursor to the front, making it the active window
Open the Item Chooser
Open the VoiceOver rotor
Move to the Dock
Move to the desktop
Move to the menu bar
Move to the status menus in the menu bar
Open or close Notification Center
Open or close Control Center
Open a shortcut menu
Jump to a linked item (for example, from a message in the Mail messages list to the message preview)
Temporarily turn the cursor tracking options selected in VoiceOver Utility on or off. The command doesn’t change the settings in VoiceOver Utility.
Move the VoiceOver cursor to the keyboard focus
Move the keyboard focus to the VoiceOver cursor
Move the VoiceOver cursor to the mouse pointer
Move the mouse pointer to the VoiceOver cursor
Jump from the current location to any displayed input method or auto correction panel, and then jump back to the original location
While finding text, cycle through search item history
VO-Up Arrow or Down Arrow
Set or remove a hot spot
VO-Shift-[hot spot number]
Jump to a hot spot
VO-[hot spot number]
Hear a description of a hot spot
VO-Command-[hot spot number]
Toggles watching a hot spot for changes
VO-Command-Shift-[hot spot number]
Open the Hot Spot Chooser
Move to the next hot spot
Move to the previous hot spot
Jump back to a parent folder
Jump to the sort button in a column header in a table
If the table also contains a row header, VoiceOver displays a menu where you choose a column or row header. Press VO-Right Arrow until you hear the header you want, then press the Space bar.