Getting stuck in password field

macOS and Mac Apps

I usually navigate the web on my Mac with the single key nav on, so I turn quick nav off in order to type. Lately, I get stuck in password fields. Pressing arrows doesn't do anything. I have to get out of it using the touch pad. Thankfully, I have one. Has anyone had this problem?



Submitted by Laura Tosetto on Monday, January 22, 2018

I have this problem too. I found out that pressing VO keys (control + option) plus the arrow keys or just pressing tab will get you out of the text field. The arrow keys won't do anything even if quick nav is on.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Monday, January 22, 2018

Hi, i find that pressing on escape key helps me to out the password filled but it's very problematic and i am having this also.

Submitted by Justin on Monday, January 22, 2018

I use what Laura said. Just use the VO keys, CTRL+option+arrows left and right to get out of the password fields, arrows alone won't work

Submitted by Laura Tosetto on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

No problem! It’s a bit annoying... but at least it seems to work all the time. I don’t understand why this happens, it doesn’t make sense. Must be a bug of some sort...

Submitted by dvdmth on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Club AppleVis Member

There is a security feature on the Mac which hides keypresses when focus is on a password field, in an attempt to prevent the password from potentially being captured by an application that shouldn’t have it. Unfortunately, this behavior has the side-effect of blocking Quick Nav, since VoiceOver does not see the keystrokes that control Quick Nav functionality. It isn’t even possible to turn Quick Nav on or off while focus is in a password field. Keystrokes involving the VoiceOver modifier keys are not filtered, so VO + arrow keys will work as expected. Apple could probably update the Mac to address the issue, but it might not be an easy fix.