Add comments to a PowerPoint Online presentation using a screen reader

With your keyboard and screen reader in PowerPoint Online, you can add comments to PowerPoint slides to give your colleagues feedback about their presentations.

Note: This topic assumes that JAWS users have turned off the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature.

Note: When you use PowerPoint Online, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your browser. PowerPoint Online is a web-based application, so the keyboard shortcuts and navigation may be different from those in PowerPoint 2016. To learn more, see Accessibility features in PowerPoint Online.

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Open the Comments Pane

Add a comment

Close the Comments pane

Open the Comments pane

Before you can add a comment to a presentation, you need to open the Comments pane. If the Comments pane is already open, skip this procedure and see Add a comment.

  1. Open the presentation in Editing View, and press Ctrl+F6 repeatedly until the focus is on the ribbon. Stop when you get to the Home tab. For more details, see Use keyboard shortcuts to loop through the task panes in PowerPoint Online.

  2. Press the Tab key to get to the View tab, and then press Enter.

  3. Press the Tab key to go to Show Comments, and then press Enter.

  4. To select the Comments pane from the drop-down list, press Enter again.

  5. If you want to enter a comment immediately, press Enter, type your comment, and then press Enter again. Your comment is saved with the presentation.

Add a comment

When the Comments pane is open, you can add one or mores comments by following these steps.

  1. With the presentation In Editing view, press Ctrl+F6 repeatedly until the focus is on the Comments pane.

  2. To open a new comment box, press Enter. You hear “Type in text” or “Editing.”

  3. Type your comment, and press Enter. to save your comment. Your comment is saved with the presentation.

Close the Comments pane

After you've finished adding or reviewing comments, you can close the Comments pane.

  1. With the presentation in Editing view and the Comments pane open, press Ctrl+F6 repeatedly until the focus is on the ribbon.

  2. Tab to the View menu, and press Enter.

  3. Tab to the Show Comments menu, and press Enter.

  4. To select the Comments pane from the drop-down list, press Enter. The Comments pane closes, and the focus goes to the slide pane.

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