Chapter 3: Using Scan Mode

This chapter describes a navigation and reading mode called Scan Mode. Scan Mode lets you navigate apps, email, and webpages using the arrow keys along with common keyboard shortcuts to read text and jump directly to headings, links, tables, and landmarks.

Scan Mode basics

To turn Scan Mode on and off, press Caps lock + Spacebar.

When turned on, use the Up arrow key and Down arrow key to navigate apps and webpages. Press the Spacebar to activate an item that you want to use, such as a button in an app, a link in a webpage, or a text box.

Navigation

When Scan Mode is turned on, use the following keys to navigate apps and webpages:

Press this keyTo do this
Up arrow and Down arrowMove to the next or previous line of text in an app or webpage
Right arrow and Left arrowMove to the next or previous character in an app or webpage
SpacebarActivate an item that you want to use, such as a button or text box
EnterIf supported, perform secondary action on an item
Ctrl+ Left arrow and Ctrl + Right arrowMove to the next or previous word
Ctrl+ Up arrow and Ctrl + Down arrowMove to the next or previous paragraph
H or Shift + H, and Alt + Down arrow or Alt + Up arrow
Move to the next or previous heading
T or Shift + TMove to the next or previous table
P or Shift + PMove to the next of previous paragraph
K or Shift + K, and Alt + Right arrow or Alt + Left arrow
Move to the next or previous link
D or Shift + DMove to the next or previous landmark
Ctrl + RStart reading

To use most Windows keyboard shortcuts, turn off Scan Mode.

Scan Mode will turn off when you switch to a different app. You will hear a sound from your PC indicating that Scan Mode is turned off. Press Caps lock + Spacebar to turn it on again.

Working with tables

Scan Mode can help make moving through tables easier and supports common keys found in other screen readers for table navigation. Press T or Shift + T to locate a table using Scan Mode and then use the following keys to interact with the table:

Press this keyTo do this
Ctrl+ Alt + Right arrow or Left arrowMove to the next or previous cell in a row
Ctrl+ Alt + Up arrow or Down arrowMove to the next or previous cell in a column
Caps Lock + F5Announce location in table
Caps Lock + F9Announce column header
Caps Lock + F10 Announce row header
Caps Lock + F7Read the current table column from start to finish
Caps Lock + F8Read the current table row from start to finish


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