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Use TalkBack keyboard shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts with TalkBack.

Step 1: Set up your device and keyboard

To use keyboard shortcuts with TalkBack, you need:

Step 2: Use keyboard shortcuts

TalkBack offers two sets of keyboard shortcuts, called keymaps. Most devices use the default keymap, which includes more shortcuts. To learn how to switch keymaps, refer to "Change keyboard shortcut settings" below.

Default keymap

Note: The shortcuts below use the Alt key. You can choose a different modifier key by going to Settings and then Accessibility and then TalkBack and then Settings and then Keyboard shortcuts and then Choose modifier key.

Navigation

  • Move to next item: Alt + Right arrow
  • Move to previous item: Alt + Left arrow
  • Move to item above: Alt + Up arrow
  • Move to item below: Alt + Down arrow
  • Move to first item: Alt + Control + Left arrow
  • Move to last item: Alt + Control + Right arrow
  • Click focused element: Alt + Enter
  • Long-press focused element (touch and hold): Alt + Shift + Enter
  • Read from top: Alt + Control + Enter
  • Read from next item: Alt + Control + Shift + Enter
  • Navigate to next or previous window: Alt + Control + Down or Up arrow
    • Note: In split screen view, this shortcut moves your focus between the two open apps. Otherwise, it moves focus between the navigation bar, main screen, and status bar.

Global actions

  • Back: Alt + Control + Backspace
  • Home: Alt + Control + h
  • Recent apps/Overview: Alt + Control + r
  • Notifications: Alt + Control + n
  • Search the screen: Alt + Control + / (forward slash)
  • Open global context menu: Alt + Space
  • Open local context menu: Alt + Shift + Space
  • Pause or resume TalkBack: Alt + Control + z
  • Open list of actions: Alt + Control + Space
  • Show installed languages: Alt + Control + L

Text navigation

  • Move to next word: Alt + Shift + Control + Right arrow
  • Move to previous word: Alt + Shift + Control + Left arrow
  • Move to next character: Alt + Shift+ Right arrow
  • Move to previous character: Alt + Shift+ Left arrow

Chrome web page navigation

Use these shortcuts to move to the next or previous element on a web page.

  • Button
    • Next: Alt + b
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + b
  • Control
    • Next: Alt + c
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + c
  • ARIA landmark
    • Next: Alt + d
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + d
  • Editable field
    • Next: Alt + e
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + e
  • Focusable item
    • Next: Alt + f
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + f
  • Graphic:
    • Next: Alt + g
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + g
  • Heading
    • Next: Alt + h
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + h
  • Heading level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6
    • Next: Alt + [1-6]
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + [1-6]
  • List
    • Next: Alt + o
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + o
  • List item
    • Next: Alt + i
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + i
  • Link
    • Next: Alt + L
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + L
  • Table
    • Next: Alt + t
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + t
  • Checkbox
    • Next: Alt + x
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + x
  • Combo box
    • Next: Alt + z
    • Previous: Alt + Shift + z
Classic keymap

Navigation

  • Move to next item: Alt + Shift + Right arrow
  • Move to previous item: Alt + Shift + Left arrow
  • Move to first item: Alt + Shift + Up arrow
  • Move to last item: Alt + Shift + Down arrow
  • Click focused element: Alt + Shift + Enter

Global actions

  • Back: Alt + Shift + Backspace
  • Home: Alt + Shift + h
  • Recent apps/Overview: Alt + Shift + r
  • Notifications: Alt + Shift + n
  • Search the screen: Alt + Shift + / (forward slash)
  • Next navigation setting: Alt + Shift + Equals (=)
  • Previous navigation setting: Alt + Shift + Minus (-)
  • Open global context menu: Alt + Shift + g
  • Open local context menu: Alt + Shift + L
  • Stop TalkBack speech: Control
  • Pause or resume TalkBack: Alt + Shift + z

Optional: Change keyboard shortcut settings

To switch between the default and classic keymaps listed above:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Select Accessibility, then TalkBack.
  3. Select Settings, then Keyboard shortcuts.
  4. Under Keymap, select Choose a keymap.
  5. Choose a keymap:
    • Classic keymap: Basic shortcuts
    • Default keymap: More shortcuts, including shortcuts for navigating web pages in Chrome

Note: If you choose the Classic keymap, you can reassign keyboard shortcuts. On the settings screen, select the shortcut, then follow the instructions in the dialog to assign a new key combination.

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