Common Screen Reader Hotkeys for Website Navigation

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Comcast supports the use of the JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver screen readers for assistance navigating web pages. This list of commonly used keystrokes/hotkeys is provided to assist screen reader users.

JAWS (Job Access with Speech)

List of commonly used keystrokes/hotkeys in JAWS:
  • App: Application key located between the right Windows key and the right Ctrl key on a keyboard, brings up the context menu, which is equivalent to right clicking with mouse
  • Ctrl+Home: Moves to the top of a page
  • Ctrl+end: Moves to the bottom of a page
  • Insert+F5: Brings up a list of form elements
  • Insert+F6: Brings up a list of headings on a page
  • Insert+F7: Brings up a list of links on a page
  • Insert+F9: Brings up a list of frames on a page
  • Insert+B: Reads the entire foreground window, helpful for reading dialog boxes
  • Insert+T: Announces the title of the current foreground window
  • Shift+Tab: Moves to the previous element (link, search, checkbox or radio button)
  • Tab: Moves to the next element (link, search, checkbox or radio button)
Quick navigation keys:
  • A: Moves to the next radio button
  • B: Moves to the next button
  • C: Moves to the next combo box, list box or tree view
  • E: Moves to the next edit box
  • F: Moves to the next form field, such as an edit box, combo box, button, etc.
  • G: Moves to the next graphic element
  • H: Moves to the next heading
  • I: Moves to the next list item
  • L: Moves to the next list
  • M: Moves to the next frame
  • N: Moves to the next block of text that is not a link
  • P: Moves to the next paragraph
  • R: Moves to the next Aria region
  • T: Moves to the next table

Pressing Shift with any of the single-letter quick navigation keys moves to the previous element. For example, if pressing the letter E moves to the next edit field, pressing Shift+E moves to the previous edit field.

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

The NVDA modifier key is a user-selectable preset; it can be Caps Lock, the Insert key or a combination of these keys. On most desktop computers, the default key is the Insert key.
  • Ctrl+Alt+N: Restart NVDA
  • App: Application key located between the right Windows key and the right Ctrl key on a keyboard, brings up the context menu, which is equivalent to right clicking with mouse
  • Ctrl+Home: Moves to the top of a page
  • Ctrl+End: Moves to the bottom of a page
  • Insert+T: Announces the title of the current foreground window
  • Insert+B: Reads the entire foreground window, helpful for reading dialog boxes
  • Insert+F7: Elements list: includes links, headings and landmarks
  • Tab: Moves to the next link/form element (link, search, checkbox or radio button)
  • Shift+Tab: Moves to the previous element
  • B: Move to the next button
  • C: Move to the next combo box
  • E: Move to the next edit box
  • F: Moves to next form field
  • G: Moves to next image or graphic
  • H: Moves to the next heading
  • I: Moves to the next list item
  • K: Moves to next link
  • L: Moves to the next list
  • M: Moves to the next frame
  • N: Moves to the next block of text that is not a link
  • R: Moves to the next radio button
  • X: Moves to the next checkbox
Pressing shift with any single-letter function moves to the previous element. For example, if pressing the letter E moves to the next edit field. Pressing Shift+E moves to the previous edit field.

Apple VoiceOver

VO refers to the VoiceOver Keys - Control+Option
  • VO+Escape: Turns off VoiceOver keyboard help
  • VO+A: Reads all, starting from the current position
  • VO+B: Reads from the top (beginning)
  • VO+Command+M: Moves to next frame in website
  • VO+D: Opens the dock
  • VO+H: Help menu
  • VO+I: Lists items
  • VO+K: Turns on VoiceOver Keyboard help
  • VO+M: Moves to the top menu bar
  • VO+Right or Left Arrow: Moves to the next or previous item
  • VO+Shift+Down or Up Arrow: Starts or stops interacting with selection
  • VO+Shift+Left or Right Arrow: Moves to previous character or next character
  • VO+Spacebar: Enables a selected item, as in a mouse click - used to open a link
  • VO+U: Lists the links (URLs) on a web page
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