Get started using a screen reader with Excel Mobile in Windows 10

You can use a screen reader to create spreadsheets, filter data, work with charts, and more in Excel Mobile for Windows 10. Excel 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 Excel Mobile

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

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

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

Note: To learn what the user interface looks like and how to navigate with the keyboard in Excel Mobile, refer to Accessibility in Excel 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 Excel Mobile include names that screen readers can understand (accessible names).

When you use a screen reader with Excel 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 Excel Mobile app.

For example, when you select the Formulas tab on the ribbon in Excel Mobile, the focus of the screen reader moves to that tab and the screen reader says, “Formulas tab.” When you select the Date & Time option on the Formulas tab, you hear “Date & Time 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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