VoiceOver orientation commands on Mac
Use these commands to perform actions such as hearing information about the current item and what’s open on the screen. 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 to 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 to F12), you may need to also press and hold the Fn key, depending on how you set the behaviour of function keys in Keyboard settings.
Hear a summary of open apps
Open the Application Chooser
Hear a summary of the current window
Open the Window Chooser to access open windows and system dialogues
Hear the dimensions of the current window and the section of the screen where it’s located
Hear the position of the current window and whether anything overlaps it
Hear a description of the item in the VoiceOver cursor, including the item’s current state, such as whether a tickbox is selected, or the per cent value of a slider
Hear the dimensions of the current item and the section of the screen where it’s located
Hear the position of the current item and whether anything overlaps it
Hear a description of the item that has keyboard focus, including its current state, such as whether a tickbox is selected, or the per cent value of a slider
Hear details about the item that has keyboard focus
In text, you hear the location of the insertion point relative to the top-left corner of the text item in which the insertion point is located. For example, you might hear “Insertion point is two inches right, five inches down from top-left corner of edit text”.
Hear a description of the item under the pointer, including the item’s current state, such as whether a tickbox is selected, or the per cent value of a slider
Hear the location of the pointer as x and y coordinates on the screen, relative to the top-left corner of the screen
Hear the location of the pointer as x and y coordinates relative to the current window
Read the selected item
Read the contents of the VoiceOver cursor
Read the visible contents of the window, the Dock or your desktop, depending on your location
Repeat the last spoken phrase
Copy the last spoken phrase to the Clipboard (also called the “Pasteboard”)
Save the last spoken phrase and the crash log to a file on the desktop for troubleshooting