- Keyboards can be used by anyone including those with motor and visual disabilities, and those who are unable to use a mouse or who choose not to.
- In many cases, keyboard navigation can make computing actions much quicker than using a mouse.
- Devices like Braille displays typically used by those who are blind or low-vision have on-board hardware that mirrors keyboard functionality.
Keyboard navigation can be an extremely beneficial assistive technology or adaptive strategy for those who are blind or low-vision using screen readers, for people experiencing temporary or permanent mobility disabilities, and for those who do not have a physical mouse or who choose not to use one. We have included some resources in this guide for using keyboard shortcuts via a variety of methods. Generally, those with longer-term needs will spend more time practicing and will gain important long-term benefits.
A wide variety of keyboards are available in various shapes and sizes, so it is important to choose one that fits your personal preference and style. Want to get some expert guidance on keyboard ergonomics? Reach out to Bridget Marrs, in Environmental Health & Safety, for more conversation. There are also other layouts beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, that may benefit certain users.
Note: If you are interested in specialized keyboards or other assistive technology to address an accommodation need due to a disability, please reach out to designated WFU support for conversation prior to purchasing. For students, reach out to CLASS. For staff and faculty, connect with Human Resources to coordinate an accommodation process.
- Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
- Make your mouse, keyboard, and other input devices easier to use
- Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Browsing and Help (from Google) (4 minutes)
- Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
- Change Keyboard settings for accessibility on Mac
- Navigating Chrome on Mac by Keyboard: Full Keyboard Access & Browsing (from Google) (4 minutes)
- Introduction to Keyboard Navigation of a Website – Information Systems (5 minutes)
- Screen Reader Demo for Digital Accessibility w/ reference to keyboard navigation (UCSF) (5 minutes)
- Assistive Technology Video: Switches (The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter) (3 minutes)
- Mobility Aids: Living with Disability (AMI: Accessible Media Inc.) (2.5 minutes)
- Introduction to Web Accessibility (W3C)
Note: certain specialty keyboards and interface devices may be a part of an accommodation related to a disability. To discuss accommodations at Wake
- For students, contact The Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success (CLASS) at email@example.com (336-758-5929)
- For faculty and staff, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, explore the Accommodation Process for Employees, and refer to the details in the NonDiscrimination on the Basis of Disability Policy from HR.