What is the Voiceover Key?

VoiceOver is an onboard screen reader on Mac computers which reads out page content and semantically relevant details to its users, most notably Safari.

There are various methods for selecting text using VO keys and arrow keys; this article covers some of the more popular techniques.

Modifier keys are combinations of keys you press and hold together in order to perform keyboard commands, such as Caps Lock, Control, or Option. In VoiceOver these are Caps Lock, Control and Option.

VO + A

VO stands for voiceover key, the combination of keys that activate VoiceOver commands. These can be used on keyboards, trackpads, desktop Macs and laptops – some commands even require holding down both Control and Option keys at once – though you could also combine any combination of them or other keys to execute similar actions.

Locking some commands allows them to be entered without holding down the VO modifier. To access this feature in VoiceOver Utility (press VO-F8 when VoiceOver is running) and select one from the Commanders list, it is simple and quick!

The left and right arrow keys use left/right movement to control the VoiceOver cursor, represented by a red circle onscreen. You can assign these arrow keys directly to the numeric keypad on many Apple keyboards using Num Pad Commander.

VO + L

Mac users have many ways to complete tasks: from keyboard shortcuts and VoiceOver commands, to two-finger double taps near the bottom of their trackpads, etc. There are various methods for accomplishing any given task on their Macs; each option may use keyboard shortcuts or VoiceOver commands differently. While many keyboard shortcuts include Control and Option keys as part of their commands – including Command-S for Save or using two fingers double tapping near the bottom – other may not include them at all.

The VoiceOver (VO) keys enable you to hear all the commands VoiceOver supports, providing an indication of what to expect when performing an action. Pressing VO + H will open VoiceOver’s Help menu – an invaluable source for learning shortcuts.

System Preferences > Accessibility Keyboard allows you to change the modifier key for VoiceOver. By default, this is set as Caps Lock key; however, any key can be selected instead. Furthermore, you can configure VoiceOver keyboard shortcuts by changing spelled word readback settings or using cursor keys for navigation.

VO + P

Many commands require pressing multiple keys simultaneously. When reading through VoiceOver User Guide or help menus on a Mac and seeing commands that require both the control key and option key to complete them, or “VO”, this indicates you should hold down both simultaneously in order to complete them successfully.

Lock keys together by pressing them followed by a semicolon (;). Additionally, the Accessibility Preferences app enables you to customize VoiceOver’s keyboard shortcuts.

VO + C

VoiceOver can be activated on macOS by pressing VO + C with the Command key and holding down. It is often referred to as the “VoiceOver key”, although activating it with VO-F8 may also work. Customizing VoiceOver rotor settings is done from either Accessibility menu (Command + Option on mac keyboard shortcut) or by opening VoiceOver Utility.

Use arrow keys to navigate Finder, text documents and Web pages. When used within text areas, right and left arrows move by character while using the VoiceOver (VO) key allows you to select words or phrases easily. It can also be locked so you won’t have to press arrow keys when navigating; see AppleVis’ Guide on VoiceOver Rotor Settings for more details.

VO + W

The arrow keys move both the keyboard cursor and VoiceOver cursor in sync. If you want to select text, VO + left arrow can help move to either end of a line in order to move directly there; for more information regarding selecting text please see chapter four of the VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

Apple’s VoiceOver Key Command Charts have provided us with this list, edited/verified for macOS Ventura and confirmed for its specific requirements. VO keys (Control + Option key pressed together; commonly known as Modifier key).

System Preferences allows you to change which keys are used as VoiceOver modifiers, with Caps Lock being one of them (press it quickly twice for this action). To disable Caps Lock as a modifier, press VO + (press again for reverse action). For more information about changing keyboard shortcuts and managing system preferences help.

VO + D

If you use VoiceOver, it is recommended that your keyboard or trackpad be set so that its function keys (F1, F2 etc) perform software actions instead of physical actions. This can be accomplished in the System Preferences > Keyboard setting.

Most VoiceOver commands involve combinations of the VO key (usually CAPS LOCK or CONTROL key on a Mac keyboard) with one or more other keys. The VO key serves as the modifier; other keys may act as commands.

To select text in an email message, type VO + D or use arrow keys or the trackpad commander instead. For more information, refer to Chapter Four in the VoiceOver Getting Started Guide. The following chart represents Apple’s published VoiceOver key commands chart, updated for macOS Ventura; “Combined List” offers an arrangement by keypress with notes for each keypress.

VO + E

There are various methods available for selecting text on a Mac, including using VoiceOver. Some methods work better in specific situations than others.

An unicode key combination used with a mouse or trackpad can also select text. This combination could consist of any number of keys, including Fn.

The VoiceOver (VO) Key is a modifier key used to enter VoiceOver keyboard commands. Generally speaking, this would include Caps Lock or Control+Option keys being combined as one to form VoiceOver’s keyboard commands; Apple documentation often refers to this term simply as VO. When used to control VoiceOver these are similar to Mac keyboard shortcuts and may even be locked out so accidental presses won’t accidentally cause problems; simply press them twice with semicolon “;”) between each key pressed will lock off keyboard modifiers

VO + F

The VO key is used to activate VoiceOver speech settings. A complete list of speech commands can be found both in the Sounds Help Menu and the VoiceOver User Guide.

When Voice Over (VO) is activated, arrow keys provide movement around the screen and selection of non-keyboard items like links and buttons that cannot be selected with keyboard. You can also use Quick Nav using an arrangement of arrow keys arranged as an inverted T on your keyboard for navigation purposes.

H, VoiceOver help. L, Read line. MOVE TO Next or Previous Auto Web SpotS. READ Row Header DescriptionT TEXT ATTRIBUTESX-ACTIVITY CHOOSER; (semicolon), Lock and Unlock Vo Keysc, Cycle through Rotor SettingsVsCycle Through Audio SettingsSwith Shift To Navigate With Rotor

VO + R

VoiceOver modifier keys enable you to enter VoiceOver commands quickly and efficiently, often combined with another modifier key or modifiers. You can lock or unlock them from within the VoiceOver Utility by pressing VO + F8 when VoiceOver is running.

Many VoiceOver commands require pressing both Control and Option keys at once or pairing one of them with a VoiceOver key (VO key). You can easily customize which keys act as voiceOver modifiers through either VoiceOver Utility or trackpad gesture.

Some VO keys work when you use the arrow keys; for instance, pressing VO + Left and VO + Right moves you to the next or previous line in a document, while other VO keys focus on individual characters or allow up and down navigation of Web pages with Rotor settings. You can configure your VO modifiers in System Preferences’ Accessibility, VoiceOver tab.

VO + G

VoiceOver provides keyboard navigation as usual; however, users who cannot see the screen may require more than tabbed navigation in order to move around web content effectively.

VO Keys are VoiceOver commands that require pressing both Caps Lock or Control and Option keys together for processing. Some VO keys also use letters or numbers in combination to perform specific actions.

Press twice to read row header descriptions (Note that pressing twice will read an entire table row from VoiceOver cursor to its endpoint). Press once for text attributes.