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This page discusses accessibility issues in Audacity for visually- and motion-impaired users.

Keyboard shortcuts

A large number of keyboard shortcuts are available for those who cannot use a mouse, and for those who find it quicker to use the keyboard. These keyboard shortcuts are described throughout the manual, and in the Keyboard Shortcut Reference. They can be customized on the Keyboard page of the Preferences dialog.

Parts of Audacity which are not fully accessible using the keyboard include:

Mac keyboard navigation

The following methods of keyboard navigation which are standard on Windows and Linux work differently on Mac.

  • Alt key navigation of menus and buttons is not supported by Apple. To access menus, hold Ctrl and press F2 then type the first few letters of the root menu item, then type the first few letters of the item required in that menu.
  • Tabbing in dialogs other than between text boxes and lists is off by default. Tabbing can be enabled by opening the System Keyboard Preferences, choose the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab, then under "Full Keyboard Access", choose the radio button "All controls".

Screen readers

Large parts of Audacity are accessible to users of screen readers on Windows or Mac, but unfortunately this is not the case on Linux. The accessibility on Windows and on Mac is outlined in the next two sections.

On Windows

On Windows Audacity is known to work well with the Jaws, Window-Eyes and NVDA screen readers. There is a Jaws Guide to Audacity, most of which is also applicable to users of Window-Eyes and NVDA.

The following parts of Audacity are not accessible to users of screen readers on Windows:

On Mac

Warning icon Unfortunately, Audacity 2.2.0 is not accessible for users of VoiceOver, and this was also the case for the 2.1.3, 2.1.2 and 2.1.1 releases. However, an accessible version of Audacity 2.1.1 is available to download on the Mac page of the Audacity website. The name of this accessible version is "2.1.1-screen-reader" (DMG and ZIP downloads are available). It is hoped that future versions of Audacity will be accessible for users of VoiceOver.