Accessibility in Skype for Business in Outlook on the web

Skype for Business in Outlook on the web includes accessibility features that make it easy for users with disabilities to exchange instant messages with their contacts. This means you can use keyboard shortcuts and a screen reader to work with Skype for Business in Outlook on the web.

Notes: 

  • To learn how to set accessibility preferences and navigate Office 2016 applications, refer to Accessibility in Office Online.

  • Skype for Business in Outlook on the web is a web-based application, so the keyboard shortcuts and navigation might be different from those in Skype for Business 2016.

  • When you use Skype for Business in Outlook on the web, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your browser.

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Use a screen reader

In Skype for Business in Outlook on the web, you can use Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows, or a third-party screen reader, such as JAWS. A screen reader converts text to speech and reads aloud commands, locations, lists, and buttons, in addition to the content itself. For details, refer to Get started using a screen reader with Skype for Business in Outlook on the web.

Use keyboard shortcuts

To navigate in Skype for Business in Outlook on the web and to cycle through screen elements, use the Tab key and arrow keys.

  • To move from the All Contacts tab to the Contacts list, press the Tab key until you hear “List view.” In Narrator, you hear the name of the first contact.

  • To move individually through the names of your contacts in the Contacts pane, press the Down Arrow key or the Up Arrow key. When a contact has the focus, you hear his or her name and current status. To open the contact card for a selected contact, press Enter.

  • To move through the various controls in Skype for Business in Outlook on the web, press the Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab (backward). To select a control, press Enter.

  • To exit Skype for Business in Outlook on the web, press Esc.

  • To cycle from Skype for Business in Outlook on the web to Outlook on the web to the browser, press Ctrl+F6.

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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 go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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