VO Key questions

macOS & Mac Apps


I have several questions.
They all relate to key commands and Voice Over

1. What is the difference between leaving VO keys locked as compared to un locked?
1a. What is the advantage or disadvantage of doing this?
2. What is the advantage and disadvantage of quick nav?
2a. How does using quick nav make things easier or more difficult?
3. How do I jump to the next button or previous button, next form field etc?
3a. What are the exact key commands? I tried looking under help for go to next button and when I pressed it I was not told what the next button short cut key was, instead I was just taken to one.

I am starting to use JAWS and I like how I do not have to push as many key combinations to interact with the computer and perform the functions.
I would like to try and do the same thing with my Mac.
For example I would like to not have to worry about pressing the VO keys in order to type and know that I am on the cursor is on the same page as Voice Over.

I hope this makes sense

Thank you.



Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

Hi! In olther to activate qwick nav make sure that in VoiceOver utilities under navigation qwick nav is on, and mark you use 1 key for navigate. I am not remember what the setting or how it's cold.
Wen the option is activated you would navigate in sem shortcat keys like you use in jaws. Hth and good luck!

Submitted by Scott Davert on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In reply to by Lielle ben simon

Locking the VoiceOver keys makes it so that you do not have to push them in conjunction with the other keys to carry out commands. SO, for example, if you have the VoiceOver keys locked, instead of pressing VO with space to activate the default button, you could just press space. However, you wouldn't want to keep them locked all the time, as it would interfere with getting around in OSX. If you have used an iDevice in the past, and you like or are familiar with the touch gestures, you can also use the trackpad along with the keyboard commands you already are using. To turn it on, press the VoiceOver keys and use to fingers to perform a right turn on the trackpad. In adition to flicking instead of using the arrow keys and double tappin to activate items, you can also swipe right with 2 finger to interact with items, and to the left to stop interacting with them.
Finally, to get keyboard help, press vo plus K from anywhere within the OS. Press escape to exit this mode.

Submitted by Ahmed on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hello their first I'd like to point out some differences between the windows operating system and the Mac operating system finally I would than like to point out the difference between how a windows SCREENREADER presents information to the end user versus how VOICEOVER on the Mac presents information.
First to distinguish the difference between how MacOS10 works and how the Windows operating system works.
The way how the windows operating system works and windows screenReaders present information to the end user is in a linear fashion basically let's take a dialog box the way a windows Screenreader would give the information to the end User is by reading the entire dialogue box automatically this as an end result t makes the computer assume that the end user is going to want the entire dialog box spoken without the end User not doing anything.
Contrast that to VoiceOver on OS10 VOICEOVER works by not assuming that the end user automatically wants the information given to them rather it's approach is similar to that of a sighted person if a sighted person wants to read the information contained within a dialog box the computer doesn't make the assumption that they need the information but rather if they want to read it they can and if they don't want to read it they don't have to it's the same way VOICEOVER works it gives the SCREENREADER user the information than it leaves it up to the end user to decide whether if they want to here that information read or not.
Finally instead of VO making the assumption that ti I as the user need two here the dialog box read in it's entirety I as the user must request that information a lot of you may see this as a drawback but I don't I rather see it as an advantage to VOICEOVER on the Mac.