How to Enable Tab-Key Navigation on a Mac

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Keyboard navigation is often an accessibility requirement, and Windows computers support tab-key navigation by default. However, Mac users might need to enable tab-key navigation in their browser settings or system preferences. Click your browser below for instructions.

Safari

  1. Open your Safari browser, then go to Safari on the menu bar and choose Preferences.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Mark the accessibility option that lets you Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage.

Google Chrome

Tab-key navigation is enabled by default in Google Chrome, but if it has been disabled, here’s how to re-enable it.

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser, then go to Chrome on the menu bar and choose Preferences.
  2. Scroll down to the Appearance section.
  3. Enable the option called Pressing Tab on a webpage highlights links, as well as form fields.

Firefox

Firefox doesn’t have a setting for tab-key navigation, but you may need to make a change to your Mac’s system preferences.

  1. Press Option-F5 to open keyboard preferences. (If nothing happens, press fn-Option-F5.)
  2. Click the Shortcuts tab at the top of the window.
  3. Mark the All controls option at the bottom of the window under Full Keyboard Access.