Voiceover Commands

VoiceOver is the screen reader that is built in the MAC computers or any I devices. Most of the visually challenged computer users rely on such screen readers to do their day to day activities. VoiceOver on web has full support with Safari browser

The VoiceOver Activation keys (called VO keys) are control + option. These keys are used to access special VoiceOver commands and functions and will be referenced simply as VO. For example, VO + H (or control + option + H) will open the VoiceOver Help menu.

Below are some voiceover commands to read and navigate the web pages on MAC with Safari browser.

VoiceOver commands for web

VoiceOver commands for web on MAC
# Keyboard Command Description
1. VO + Shift + U Reads the URL of the webpage
2. VO + Shift + I To hear the summary of the webpage statustics
3. VO + Home Go to the top of the page
4. VO + End Go to the bottom of the page
5. VO + Right arrow Go to the next element and read it
6. VO + Left arrow Go to the previous element and read it
7. Tab Go to the next tabbable element and read it.
8. Shift + Tab Go back to the previous tabbable element and read it.
9. VO + A Reads from the top to current position
10. VO + B Reads from the current position to end of the page
11. VO + W Reads the current word
12. VO + S Reads the current sentence
13. VO + P Reads the current paragraph
14. VO + command + H Jumps to the next heading and reads it
15. VO + Command + Shift + H Jumps to the previous heading and reads it
16. VO + Command + J Jumps to the next form field and reads it
16. VO + Command + Shift + J Jumps to the previous form field and reads it
18. VO + Command + L Jumps to the next link and reads it.
19. VO + Command + Shift + L Jumps to the previous link and reads it.
20. VO + Command + X Jumps to the next list.
21. VO + Command + Shift + X Jumps to the previous list.
22. VO + Command + G Jumps to the next image and reads it
23. VO + Command + Shift + G Jumps back to the previous image and reads it.
24. VO + Command + T Jumps to the next data table and reads the summary or caption.
25. VO + Command + Shift + T Jumps back to the previous table and reads the summary or caption.
26. VO + Command + Y Jumps to next column in a table..
27. VO + Command + Shift + Y Jumps back to the previous column in a table
28. VO + Command + F Jumps to the next frame on the web page.
29. VO + Command + Shift + F Jumps back to the previous frame on the web page.

Few more shortcut commands

Some more VoiceOver commands for web on MAC
# Keyboard Command Description
1. VO + space Activate the currently focussed link or form element.
2. VO + U Activates the voiceover rotor.
3. Shift + VO + M Open the shortcut menu (similar to right click of an element).
4. Command + L Moves to browser address bar.
5. VO + M Moves to the browser menu bar.
6. VO + Command + n Jumps to next auto web spot
7. VO + Command + Shift + n Jumps to previous auto web spot
8. VO + Command + ] Jumps to next web spot
9. VO + Command + [ Jumps to previous web spot
10. VO + Command + Shift + ] To creat a web spot
11. VO + Command + Shift + [ To delete a web spot
12. VO + Shift + H To hear the tooltip of an item

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