Get started using a screen reader in Word Mobile for Windows 10

You can use a screen reader to create, review, and edit documents in Word Mobile for Windows 10. Word Mobile works with Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows, and with third-party screen readers, such as JAWS (Job Access with Speech).

Note: For more information about screen readers, go to American Foundation for the Blind: Screen readers, which lists many of them, including the popular JAWS.

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Start Word Mobile

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

  2. Type Word Mobile. You hear “Word Mobile, Trusted Windows Store app.”

  3. Press Enter. As the app opens, you hear “Word Mobile.”

Note: To learn what the user interface looks like and how to navigate with the keyboard in Word Mobile, refer to Accessibility in Word Mobile for Windows 10.

Work with screen readers

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

When you use a screen reader with Word Mobile, 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 that you’re using in the Word Mobile app.

For example, when you select the Layout tab on the ribbon in Word Mobile, the focus of the screen reader moves to that tab and the screen reader says, “Layout tab.” When you select the Orientation option on the Layout tab, you hear “Orientation button.”


To turn Narrator on or off, press Windows logo key+Enter. For information about Narrator, refer to Hear text read aloud with Narrator.


For information about JAWS, refer to the JAWS Screen Reader documentation.

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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