Seeking guides or podcasts on using Time Machine with VoiceOver

macOS & Mac Apps
HI, I’m new to the Mac and am struggling to figure out how to use Time Machine to rollback files. Are there any guides or podcasts on using Time Machine with VoiceOver? Thanks, Joe



Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hi Joe. It's funny you say that, I lost an email yesterday and I know it's on the backup. I can get as far as selecting what I want, you use the voice over keys plus f two twice, and it will show you what windows are open. You want time machine controls. Then interact with slider by using control option, shift, down arrow, and once you have the date, you stop interacting with control, option, shift, up arrow. Unfortunately fromt here I'm of no more use. If I find anything i'll let you know. good luck.

Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In reply to by Joe

To start a back up in time machine first if you are going to do a backup use a external disk instead of you're internal hard drive on you're mac. To start a backup from the menu bar in the time machine menu choose back up now to pause a backup choose stop backing up. If you're mac asks you if you want to use a external disk as a backup disk choose use as backup disk. To resume a back up go to the time machine menu and choose back up now. If the time machine menu is not in the menu bar go to preferences then choose show time machine menu in menu bar.

Submitted by Joe on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In reply to by Isaac Hebert (not verified)

Thanks Isaac, but it’s not the initial setup of TM that’s the problem. It’s locating and recovering files from the backup, as this doesn’t seem immediately intuitive with VoiceOver.

Submitted by Ekaj on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On a related note, all my security and privacy settings seem to be disabled for some reason, and I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the fact that no credit card information has been entered yet for me. I have tried twice now to download and install Google Chrome with little success. I would be glad to ask my tutor for help with this since he also has Mac capabilities on his laptop, but he and I have had other stuff to do. I'm going to my parents' house this weekend to celebrate my birthday, so I will hopefully get assistance with my father for the credit card issue.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I could have sworn I replied to this but i guess not. lol! Try this. 1. hit cmd shift c from the finder. 2. hit cmd down on your time machine drive. 3. brows to back ups, then the one where the email was. 4. go to /users/your username/library/mail/v2 and from there I can't really help you as all mail I think is stored as of now in a data base. Again if I posted this before I can't remember so if I'm coming through twice forgive me. Take care.

Hi. I'm not sure if I can do all of that without looking at those steps again but I'll do my best. No you hadn't told me what to do before, you sort of wished me luck. Thank you very much. Siobhan

Submitted by Siobhan on Thursday, January 23, 2014

In reply to by Siobhan

Hi everyone. I'm happy to tell you that I maanged, witht he help of an article, to go into my hidden files folder, get access to the libraries on the backup drive, go in and import my mailbox. I'm so proud of myself. I also put things back to where they were. because believe me, even on the desktop alone, i saw a ton of things. If anyone wants to traverse with their mail or other files, I'll need to skype you because one false move and yo're toast. Wow. can't believe I got it back.

Submitted by Ekaj on Sunday, June 5, 2016

I'm currently at my parents' house for the weekend, but I actually used Time Machine this morning for my first ever Mac backup. I figured I would ask a sister if I could borrow her external drive since I don't currently own one, and she agreed. So I set up Time Machine and started the backup, and it went well. Tomorrow I have a Genius Bar appointment, and they highly recommended I do a backup so there you go. Thus far I've found Time Machine to be very accessible.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, June 6, 2016

Actually you just need to brows the time machine drive then copy the file(s) you want over with command c, then command v at the location you want to put them. Make sure you are in list mode though with cmd numrow 2.