macOS High Sierra

Trackpad pane of the Commanders category

Use the Trackpad pane of the Commanders category in VoiceOver Utility to enable the Trackpad Commander and set other options for using VoiceOver gestures. The Trackpad pane is available only when VoiceOver detects a trackpad.

To open VoiceOver Utility, press Command-F5 to turn VoiceOver on, then press VO-F8.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Enable Trackpad Commander

Use standard VoiceOver gestures and assign VoiceOver commands to other gestures.

Automatically select items in lists and tables

Have VoiceOver automatically select the list or table item you’re touching when you lift your finger from the trackpad.

If you don’t want VoiceOver to select an item, drag your finger off the list or table before lifting your finger.

Pause speech when not touching the trackpad

Have VoiceOver pause speech when you lift your finger off the trackpad while dragging. For example, if you’re dragging a finger to navigate lines of text and you lift your finger, VoiceOver pauses speech.

Scroll gesture moves content instead of scroll bar

Scroll the content (not the scroll bar) down or up.

Normally when you move the scroll bar down or up, the content moves in the opposite direction. When this option is selected, the content moves in the same direction you’re scrolling.

Assign Commands

Display the pane in which you assign VoiceOver commands to gestures.

When the Trackpad Commander is on, its commands are included in the Commands menu. To display the Commands menu, press VO-H-H. For more information, see Find commands using the Commands menu.