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Screen reader keyboard shortcuts

This is a shortcut cheat-sheet for navigating web content on screen readers

  • Ctrl + Home announces the current page title and returns to the top of the page
  • Ctrl + Down NVDA reads the next block (e.g. a paragraph or a any other kind of container)
  • Up reads the previous line
  • Ctrl + Up NVDA reads the previous block (e.g. a paragraph or a any other kind of container)
  • H cursor moves to the next heading
  • Shift + H cursor moves to the previous heading
  • 1 .. 6 skips to the next heading of that level (e.g. 1 for <H1>, 2 for H2, and so on)
  • Tab skips to the next focusable element (e.g. link or button)
  • T go to next table
  • Control + Alt + Arrow keys move around the table cells
  • Control stops reading
  • L skips to next list
  • I skips to next list item within a list
  • F skips to the next form control
  • Enter activate link or button; when on form field, forms mode is activated

NVDA

  • Insert is the NVDA key (see also the section "Alternatives to the Insert key" in The Insert Modifier Key
  • Insert + N shows the NVDA menu
  • Insert + F7 shows the elements list (with links, headings, landmarks, etc.)
  • Insert + Space toggles between browse mode and focus mode

JAWS

  • Insert is the JAWS key (see also the section "Alternatives to the Insert key" in The Insert Modifier Key
  • Insert + J shows the JAWS menu
  • Insert + F6 displays the heading list
  • Insert + F3 shows the elements list (with links, headings, landmarks, etc.)