Shortcuts for navigating and using Safari and Mac oS with only voice over

macOS & Mac Apps

I've been a long time iOS user, but am branching out to Mac OS because I'm using Logic for music production.
As a result of this, I'm trying to use my mac for multiple things. I'm a Windows user, have been since 2000, but I would like to reach the same level of productivity on my mac as my dell PC.
With that said, does anyone have a list of voice over shortcuts specifically for use in Safari? EG Changing tabs, which is CTRL+Tab in windows, but I can't seem to find anything to do the same function here.
Secondly, Home and End, both with regards to documents, and list in the finder. Is there any way of doing this, because it's kinda irritating even with single letter navigation to help.
I have looked through the shortcuts provided by apple plus the numerous topics on this site, maybe I missed something?
What's the deal with Firefox? I'm using this on my Surface, Laptop and iOS, but I've read lots of articles that say firefox and Voice Over don't play together at all on Mac OS... Which is strange...



Submitted by Justin on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

You mean CMD, command plus accent key, the one below the esc key to cycle thru windows in safari. To cycle thru apps, CMD+tab to move thru them. CTRL+tab does nothing. To navigate by heading, links, etc... Do VO+CMD+H to move forward by heading, VO+CMD+shift+H to move backward, L for link, same as heading... There should be navigation key commands in the help menu, VO+H is your friend.

Submitted by Blade Runner on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Control-tab is a Safari short cut for moving through tabs. Command-` moves through windows and works system-wide. There are Voiceover shortcuts, app shortcuts, and system shortcuts. It is important to differentiate one group from another so you will know which documentation to reference. You can find all of the tab navigation commands in the Safari help in the keyboard shortcuts section.

On a Mac-book pro, fn-arrows will perform home, end, page-up, and page-down.
Vo-home and vo-end will go to the beginning and end of lists respectively.
To become as proficient on a mac as you are on a system that you are a-custom to using will take time and practice.

Submitted by Blade Runner on Thursday, November 21, 2019

One thing I forgot to mention in my last post was mission control.
It can help You move through large numbers of windows more efficiently then with standard shortcuts.

Submitted by mcox on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thanks for all the help. This Site is the best!
Anyone know of a way to import firefox history, saved logins and everything else into Safari? Minus the add-ons...

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, November 21, 2019

I'd love to learn how to use mission control actually. I have it shut off, but please tell me more? I've ben a mac user since 2010 and have not grasped it. This is why I never cover it in my tutorials. If I can't teach it, I don't know it.

First, make sure that Mission Control shortcuts are turned on in system prefs. I have control-up to open mC and control-down for app windows. Now you have a space with mission control preferences window opened. Control-up will show you all opened windows and vo-space on an item will jump focus to the window.

Now, create a new space. In MC, move vo to the spaces bar and vo-space on add desktop. Move vo to the new desktop in the list and vo-space.
Open something in the new space. Open applications with shift-command-a. Open an app that isn’t all ready opened in the previous space. Or, you could find an already opened app in the doc, bring up the context menu and open a new window. That means that an app can have different windows open in separate spaces.

You now have two work spaces. To move back to the prior space, control-left. Control-up will now only show the system prefs window.
Note that shortcuts like command-tab switch between running applications and do not work with spaces.
To open a new Finder window in the current space, Move vo to the doc, find the Finder, bring up the context menu and choose new window.

Now, move a window from the current space to the second one.
In mission Control, move vo to the system prefs window and rout the mouse to vo.
Lock the mouse with vo-shift-command-space and move vo to the second desktop in the list.
Release the mouse with vo-shift-command-space.
when you now move to the second space with control-right, you will find the system prefs window in mission control.

To delete a space, in mission control move vo to a desktop, vo-command-space and select remove desktop.

So, that’s the basic idea. You can see a complete list of shortcuts for MC in the shortcuts tab of keyboard preferences.
Let me know if anything I said needs more clarification. Sorry for the wordy post, but I thought that some use case examples might be helpful.