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These are the keyboard commands you can use with mobile apps on Windows. To use them, you'll need to turn on the Subsystem Screen Reader:

  1. Select Start, enter Windows Subsystem for Android, then choose the app from the results. Make sure the Subsystem screen reader is turned on.

  2. On your keyboard, press Windows logo key + Ctrl + T to turn it on or off. You can do this any time you're using an app in the Subsystem.

The Subsystem Screen Reader only supports keyboard input. When the Subsystem Screen Reader is on, touch input for mobile apps is automatically turned off.

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Keyboard shortcuts


Alt + Backspace

Navigate to the next item

(In continuous reading, this shortcut fast-forwards the text.)

Alt + Right arrow

Navigate to the previous item

(In continuous reading, this shortcut rewinds the text)

Alt + Left arrow

Navigate to the item above

Alt + Up arrow

Navigate to the item below

Alt + Down arrow

Navigate to the first item

Alt + Ctrl + Left arrow

Navigate to the last item

Alt + Ctrl + Right arrow

Navigate to the next word

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Right arrow

Navigate to the previous word

Alt + Shift + Ctrl + Left arrow

Navigate to the next character

Alt + Shift + Right arrow

Navigate to the previous character

Alt + Shift + Left arrow

Select the focused element

Alt + Enter

Select and hold the focused element

Alt + Shift + Enter

Read from top

Alt + Ctrl + Enter

Read from next item

Alt + Ctrl + Shift + Enter

Webpage navigation

Use these shortcuts to move to the next or previous element on a page. You’ll need to be in a web view, not just a standard element of an app.

ARIA landmark

  • Next: Alt + D

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + D


  • Next: Alt + B

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + B


  • Next: Alt + X

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + X

Combo box

  • Next: Alt + Z

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + Z


  • Next: Alt + C

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + C

Editable field

  • Next: Alt + E

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + E

Focus item

  • Next: Alt + F

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + F


  • Next: Alt + G

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + G


  • Next: Alt + H

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + H

Heading levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6

  • Next: Alt +(1-6)

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + (1-6)


  • Next: Alt + L

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + L


  • Next: Alt + O

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + O

List item

  • Next: Alt + I

  • Previous: Alt + shift + I


  • Next: Alt + T

  • Previous: Alt + Shift + T

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Microsoft is always looking to improve your experience. Here's how to leave us feedback in Feedback hub:

  • If you’re using Windows Narrator, press Narrator (Caps lock + Alt + F) to leave feedback.

  • Select Start, enter Feedback Hub, then open the app. Enter feedback in the search bar and select Add feedback if you can’t find any similar to your experience.


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