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Navigate in the Whiteboard

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Navigate Within the Whiteboard

Read the following steps to learn how use your keyboard to switch to whiteboard mode and access the functions in the action bar.

If you are a participant, or a moderator without the whiteboard permission, F6 navigation places focus on the scaling menu of the whiteboard action bar.

  1. To switch to whiteboard mode, do one of the following:

    • Keyboard Shortcut
      Press Control+Alt+W on Windows or Command-Option-W on Mac.
    • Keyboard Navigation
      Press F6 to cycle keyboard focus to the collaboration toolbar. By default, you are in whiteboard mode.
  2. Press F6 again to move to the whiteboard action bar.
  3. Use Tab, Shift+Tab and the arrow keys to move between the elements in the action bar and the adjacent navigation bar.
  4. Press Space to activate the selected function.

Navigate to Whiteboard Pages

Participants can freely navigate between pages in breakout rooms but must be given permission by the moderator to navigate between pages of the Main Room. They will know they are free to move between Main Room pages when the navigation functions are available. Sighted users also see a red border around their whiteboard content area.

To move directly to a specific whiteboard page, select it from the go to page menu in the whiteboard navigation bar.

If using a screen reader, you will know you are in the go to page menu when you hear, “Go to the selected whiteboard page.”

To move to the next page, use one of the following methods:

  • Keyboard Shortcut
    Press Alt+Page Down on Windows or Option-Page Down on Mac.
  • Keyboard Navigation

    Navigate to and activate the next page button in the whiteboard navigation bar.

    If focus is on the go to page menu of the navigation bar, press the down arrow.

To move to the previous page, use one of the following methods:

  • Keyboard Shortcut
    Press Alt+Page Up on Windows or Option-Page Up on Mac.
  • Keyboard Navigation

    Navigate to and activate the previous page button in the whiteboard navigation bar.

    If focus is on the go to page menu of the navigation bar, press the up arrow.

Read Whiteboard Pages

If you are using a JAWS screen reader, you can read the text of presentations imported into the whiteboard via the Activity Window.

  1. Navigate to the page you want to read, as instructed in the preceding section.
  2. Open the Activity Window using Control + / on Windows or Command- / on Mac.
  3. Move focus to the bottom of the window to read the text on the page.