How do you navigate on mac with VOiceOVer

macOS & Mac Apps

Hi All,

The company I work with is interested in how people who use a Mac on a daily basis navigate while using VoiceOver. Do you tend to use the VO-based shortcut keys, the trackpad commander, or quicknav? Do you use some methods of navigation I haven't thought of?

Please feel free to reply in as much detail as you can. I'm mostly interested in how people navigate apps in daily use, I don't care how efficient or not the rsult is. :)




Submitted by Keith on Thursday, August 22, 2019

I like to avoid quick nav where possible because I always end up forgetting to turn it off.Lots of VO and arrows. I have my num pad set up so num pad 4 equals VO left arrow Etc. so I can navigate easily 1-handed. VO j is really useful in certain situations. Item chooser is handy for cluttered screens.Yes

Submitted by honest nan on Thursday, August 22, 2019

I tend to leave quick nav on except when typing in the body of a Pages document or in an edit field on a webpage. My keyboard does not have a num pad.

Submitted by Justin on Thursday, August 22, 2019

I use the VO keys, or the capslock modifier key followed by the VO arrows, you get it! I've used the trackpad commander before, but don't care for it. Quicknav works, but I hardly use it. Stick with the simple VO navigation keys that we've used since OS tiger way back!

Submitted by Daniel Angus M… on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Back when I learned a Mac I did a clean install of Snow Leopard on a 2007 MacBook with no trackpad. I learned all the navigation with the VO keys. then, when I payed for, and upgraded to Lion, I started using Quicknav, to task advantage of the single key webpage navigation. so I use quicknav on the web and the VO keys for everything else, accept for the read from top shortcut. I use the caps lock modifier for that.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Thursday, August 22, 2019

I mostly use the trackpad, with the arrow keys with the vo keys, but mostly rely on the trackpad

Submitted by MelodicFate on Thursday, August 22, 2019

I use QuickNav for the most part, simply so I don't have to use option and control all the time. When I'm proofreading a document, though, I turn it off. I'll also use the trackpad at times.