Download your PowerPoint Online presentation using a screen reader

While you work, PowerPoint Online automatically and continuously saves your work in the cloud. This is why you don’t see a Save button in PowerPoint Online. However, you can still download your presentation to your local device by using your keyboard and screen reader.


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

Download your presentation

When you download a copy of your presentation, you’re not changing save locations from the cloud to your local device. If you continue to modify the presentation, those changes continue to be saved to the version on the cloud.

  1. In Editing View, repeatedly press Ctrl+F6 until the focus is on the ribbon and you hear the name of the current tab, for example, “View tab selected.”

  2. Press Ctrl+F6 until you get to the ribbon. Press the Right Arrow key until you get to the File tab, and then press Enter.

  3. Press the Down Arrow until you get to the Save As command, and then press Enter.

  4. Press the Tab key to go to Download a Copy, and then press Enter. A notification bar asks if you want to open or save the file.

    Note: JAWS and Narrator do not announce the notification bar. However, when the notification bar opens, you are blocked from further action until you respond.

  5. To download and save the file to your local device, press Alt+S. In Narrator, a new notification bar is read, indicating the download is complete.

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