Get started using a screen reader in Word 2016

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The Word 2016 app works with Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows, and with third-party screen readers, such as JAWS (Job Access with Speech).

Notes: For more information about JAWS, go to JAWS.

To learn more about Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator

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Start Word

  1. To start , press the Windows logo key. You hear “Search box, edit.”

    Note: The Windows logo key is between the left Ctrl key and the left Alt key on a standard Windows keyboard.

  2. Type Word. You hear “, Desktop app.”

  3. Press Enter. As the app opens:

    • In Narrator, you hear “Word window.” In JAWS, you hear “Backstage view.”

Note: To learn what the user interface looks like and how to navigate with the keyboard in Word, refer to Accessibility in Word 2016.

Do more tasks with Word and a screen reader

To learn more about accessibility in Office products, visit Office Accessibility Center.

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or 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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