macOS High Sierra

Orientation commands

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.

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 press and hold the Fn key, depending on how you set the behavior of function keys in Keyboard preferences.

Hear a summary of open apps

VO-F1

Open the Application Chooser

VO-F1-F1

Hear a summary of the current window

VO-F2

Open the Window Chooser

VO-F2-F2

Hear the dimensions of the current window and the section of the screen where it’s located

VO-Command-Shift-F2

Hear the position of the current window and whether anything overlaps it

VO-Command-Shift-F2-F2

Hear a description of the item in the VoiceOver cursor, including the item’s current state, such as whether a checkbox is selected, or the percent value of a slider

VO-F3

Hear the dimensions of the current item and the section of the screen where it’s located

VO-Command-Shift-F3

Hear the position of the current item and whether anything overlaps it

VO-Command-Shift-F3-F3

Hear a description of the item that has keyboard focus, including its current state, such as whether a checkbox is selected, or the percent value of a slider

VO-F4

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.”

VO-F4-F4

Hear a description of the item under the pointer, including the item’s current state, such as whether a checkbox is selected, or the percent value of a slider

VO-F5

Hear the location of the pointer as x and y coordinates on the screen, relative to the top-left corner of the screen

VO-F5-F5

Hear the location of the pointer as x and y coordinates relative to the current window

VO-F5-F5-F5

Read the selected item

VO-F6

Read the contents of the VoiceOver cursor

VO-A

Read the visible contents of the window, the Dock, or your desktop, depending on your location

VO-Shift-W

Repeat the last spoken phrase

VO-Z

Copy the last spoken phrase to the Clipboard (also called the “Pasteboard”)

VO-Shift-C

Save the last spoken phrase and the crash log to a file on the desktop for troubleshooting

VO-Shift-Z