Accessibility in Office Delve

Office Delve includes accessibility features that make it easier for people with disabilities to use the app. For example, people who are blind or have low vision can use screen readers to have information about the user interface (UI) read aloud to them. People who have limited mobility can use keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse. This article covers accessibility features available in Delve


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Understand the main components of Delve

Delve surfaces personalized content that’s based on what you’re working on and who you're working with in Office 365. You can use Delve to discover documents that's likely to be most interesting to you right now.

In Delve, documents are shown as content cards. The information on a content card can help you understand why a document would be interesting or relevant to you. For more information, see How to use the content cards in Office Delve.

Note: Delve only shows documents that you have permission to access. Your private files will not be shown to others. To learn more about privacy in Delve, see Are my documents safe in Office Delve?.

Get oriented: Overview of the Delve user interface

If you’re a person who is blind or has low vision, or if you have limited mobility, you can move forward through the elements in Delve by using the Tab key. To move backward, use Shift+Tab. When you know the UI elements in Delve, you can build a mental model that can help you to move around the UI.

The following table describes the main UI elements in Delve:

Area of the UI

Elements in the Delve UI

Top left: Office 365 navigational links

  • App Launcher link.

  • Office 365 link.

  • Delve link.

The first two are common elements for all Office 365 web applications

Top right: Office 365 information

  • Notifications pane.

  • Settings pane.

  • Help pane.

  • Account pane.

These are common elements for all Office 365 web applications

Left: Delve main navigation

  • Search box. Use this to search for people, files or boards.

  • Home link (this is the same as the top left Delve navigation link). When you select this, Delve shows documents that are likely to be most interesting to you right now. It's a mix of documents you've worked on and documents your colleagues are working on. To learn more about the UI elements in content cards, go to the next row of this table.

  • Me link. When you select this, you're taken to your profile page. On your profile page you can find and update your profile information, and also quickly get back to documents you've recently authored or modified.

  • Favorites link. When you select this, Delve shows documents you've marked as Favorite.

  • People list. Shows up to seven of the last people you've visited Delve. When you select a person on this list, you're taken to their profile page.

  • Boards list. Shows up to five boards that you've created or marked as Favorite. Boards are used to group and share documents.

In the lower left corner, below the main navigation items, two links are shown:

  • Get Delve mobile app link.

  • About privacy in Delve link.

Note: If you use MyAnalytics, an item named MyAnalytics is included below the Me link in the main navigation.

Content card

The UI elements on a content card are:

  • Picture and name of the person who last modified the document.

  • Time the document was last modified.

  • A preview image that’s extracted from the document. If the document doesn’t have an image, Delve shows a default image illustrating the file type.

  • File type of the document.

  • Location where the document is stored. This is either a SharePoint site or someone’s OneDrive for Business.

  • The number of views for the document.

  • An icon that you can select to add or remove the document from your Favorites.

  • An icon that you can select to add or remove the document from a board.

  • An icon for more options. When you select this icon, a dialog box opens and you can select to:

    • send a link to the document through email.

    • copy a link to the document.

    • find out or change who has access to the document

    • post the document on Yammer.

Tip: To learn more about the UI elements on the content card, see How to use the content cards in Office Delve.

Use a screen reader to hear the Delve user interface

Screen readers are apps that enable people who are blind or have low vision to hear audible feedback for the elements of a UI. As with the UI in other Microsoft products, the UI elements for Delve include names that screen readers can understand (accessible names).

When you use a screen reader with Delve, the screen reader reads the accessible names aloud to you (along with any other relevant information), while the focus of the screen reader moves to each element of the UI.

For example:

  • When you navigate to the Me link, the focus of the screen reader moves to that link and you hear “Me link.”

  • When you navigate to a board in the Boards list, the focus of the screen reader moves to that board and you hear the name of the board, followed by “Link.”

  • When you navigate to a content card, the focus of the screen reader moves to that card and you hear the title of the content card, along with information associated with the file, such as file type and storage location. You'll also hear instructions on how you can navigate between the elements inside the card.

Note: For more information about screen readers, go to American Foundation for the Blind: Screen readers. This article lists many of them, including the popular JAWS (Job Access with Speech). For information about Narrator, the screen reader that’s included with the Windows operating system, go to Hear text aloud with Narrator.

Navigate with keyboard shortcuts in Delve

Because Delve operates with your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts that work in your browser also work in Delve. For a list of keyboards shortcuts that you can use to navigate the Delve UI, go to Keyboard shortcuts for Office Delve.

Learn more about Microsoft Accessibility

The Microsoft Accessibility website provides information about the audience is serves—people with disabilities—and the accessibility features available to them in Microsoft products. It also includes information about the assistive technologies that people with disabilities can use with Microsoft products.

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or have questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance.

The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please visit the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

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