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Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Lens for iOS

This article is for people with visual or cognitive impairments who use a screen reader program such as Microsoft’s Narrator, JAWS, or NVDA with Microsoft 365 products. This article is part of the Microsoft 365 screen reader support content set where you can find more accessibility information on our apps. For general help, visit Microsoft Support home.

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Lens on iOS helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse.

VoiceOver keyboard commands 

Use the following VoiceOver keyboard commands to navigate the screen, select items and perform other VoiceOver actions in Microsoft Lens.

You can use either Control+Option or the Caps lock key as the VoiceOver modifier key, which is marked in the following table as "VO". To change the modifier key, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Modifier Keys.

You can use VoiceOver Help to learn the keyboard layout and the actions associated with various key combinations. VoiceOver Help announces keys and keyboard commands as you type them, without performing the associated action.

To do this


Turn on VoiceOver Help


Turn off VoiceOver Help


Select the next or previous item

VO+Right or Left arrow key

Press the Home button


Pause or resume reading


Mute or unmute VoiceOver


Return to the previous screen


See also 

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Lens

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Lens

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Technical support for customers with disabilities 

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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