NVivo includes features that make the software accessible to a wider range of users, including those who have limited dexterity, low vision, or other disabilities.

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Use keyboard shortcuts to move around or access commands

You can use standard Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts to access commands on the menu bar:

To do this Shortcut

Move to the menu bar

Fn+Control+F2 (or Control+F2 if your keyboard does not have an Fn key)

Move between menus

Left and Right Arrow keys

Open a selected menu


Move to items in the select menu

Up and Down Arrow keys (or start typing the name of the menu item)

Select a menu item



You can use NVivo keyboard shortcuts to move around within the application and perform frequently used commands—refer to Keyboard shortcuts for more information.

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Turn on Full Keyboard Access

When Full Keyboard Access is turned on you can press TAB to move the focus between controls in dialogs.

To turn on Full Keyboard Access:

  1. Choose Apple > System Preferences.

  2. Under Hardware, click Keyboard.

  3. On the Keyboard Shortcuts pane, under Full Keyboard Access, select All controls.

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Turn on Text to Speech

When Text to Speech is turned on, you can press a keyboard shortcut (by default, Option + Esc) to hear a selected passage of text read aloud.

To turn on Text to Speech:

  1. Choose Apple > System Preferences.

  2. Under System, click Dictation & Speech (or Speech).

  3. On the Text to Speech pane, select the option to speak selected text. You can also change the keyboard shortcut.

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Use the Go commands to navigate to folders

You can navigate to your sources, nodes and other Navigation View folders using the Go commands on the Window menu.

  1. Choose Window > Go and then select the folder you want to navigate to.

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Enlarge the content on the screen

You can turn on zoom features in Mac OS X to enlarge the content on the screen so that it is easier to read—choose Apple > System Preferences > Accessibility, then click Zoom and choose your preferred zoom settings.

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You can use many other Mac OS X accessibility features with NVivo, including:

  • Display preferences—for example, invert colors and adjust contrast

  • Sticky keys—allows the modifier keys to be set without needing to hold them down

  • Slow keys—adjust the amount of time between when you press a key and when it activates

  • Mouse keys—control the mouse with the keyboard number pad

  • Change the size of the mouse pointer

  • Text to Speech—hear a selected passage of text read aloud

  • Dictation—your spoken words are converted into text

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