Mac keyboard shortcuts not working wile VoiceOver is on

macOS & Mac Apps


My apologies if this has been covered before but my Mac will not execute general keyboard shortcuts wile VoiceOver is on. Opening a new tab in safari using command + t or command + z to undo etc will only work when VoiceOver is turned off.

Is there a setting in the VoiceOver Utility that needs to be changed?

Any assistance would be much appreciated.





Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

First, i know this is simple and probably you've done it, but did you shut completely down, wait say a minute or two, then try again? Also, if you use Tab to go to the next element, say on Google, you'd find yourself at or in the search field, try googling this. In fact, I'll see what I can come up, edit this in a few minutes. Btw, If you open Voice Over utility with Voice Over keys plus F8 you can go searching through all of those. In fact, i just saw one, it said use keyboard commands when navigating web pages, but it was not checked. Perhaps that might be it? Sorry i'm not more help. I was trying to find the option to use tab key to highlight the next element, but i can't find it at the moment.

Submitted by Bruce Harrell on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A quick way to see if you have a key command conflict where both VoiceOver and MacOS are trying to use the identical key command (and VoiceOver is winning), is to try the key bypass command (vo-tab) before pressing the MacOS shortcut. If you do this and the MacOS command win the conflict, then you will know that you do indeed have a key command conflict, and you'll need to decide how you want to handle the issue, e.g. using vo-tab every time, or redefining either the VoiceOver or the MacOS keyboard shortcut command.

Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Hi Bruce. The reason I'll disagree is because they clearly say it's general voice over shortcuts. Command T for new tab, etc. So I'm suspecting they have something checked by accident. Or it could be a bad install of Mac OS.