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Important notice about the «ADG» project

Important notice: Due to large demand, the «Accessibility Developer Guide» project (currently a proof of concept with low priority) will become a top priority priority in 2017. We will make this guide become what it deserves to be for so long already: a comprehensive resource for all folks interested in accessibility. For this we need your support!

Keyboard navigation basics

Many assistive technologies don't support pointing devices (like a mouse), so they only rely on keyboard input. It's important to know the basic commands, shortcuts, and idioms of keyboard navigation.

Some basic hints on how to control your computer using the keyboard

  • Press Windows to toggle Start menu
  • Press Alt + Tab to switch between open windows
  • Press Alt to focus current windows' application menu
  • Press Tab to jump between focusable controls (this is how you typically navigate a webpage with keyboard only when no screenreader is active)
  • Press arrow keys to interact with controls, e.g. navigating through a menu or choosing a value from a dropdown list
  • Press Enter to confirm something (e.g. closing a dialog and applying changes)
  • Press Space to also confirm or interact with stuff (often used interchangeably with Enter)
  • Press Esc to cancel something (e.g. closing a dialog without applying changes)

Some well known keyboard shortcuts

  • You should watch out for hints about keyboard shortcuts in your often used applications and try to use them instead of using your mouse!
  • Here are some well known keyboard shortcuts:
  • Ctrl + S: Save
  • Ctrl + O: Open
  • Ctrl + W: Close window
  • Alt + F4: Exit application
  • Ctrl + C: Copy
  • Ctrl + V: Paste
  • Ctrl + L or F6: Focus address bar in web browsers
  • Ctrl + F: Find