Use a screen reader to create a new document in a document library in SharePoint Online

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Use SharePoint Online with your keyboard and a screen reader such as JAWS or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to create new documents in a document library, where you can easily share documents with your team.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you could get new features faster, visit When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?.

  • For keyboard shortcuts, go to Keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Online.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Windows screen reader, Narrator. To learn more about using Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator.

  • This topic makes note of the JAWS functionality as well. To learn more about JAWS for Windows, go to JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide.

  • This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.

  • When you use SharePoint Online, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. Because SharePoint Online runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not SharePoint Online.

Create a new document

  1. Sign in to your organization’s Office 365 account, start the SharePoint app, and then open your document library.

    Tip: Document libraries in SharePoint Online have two different views: classic and SharePoint Online experience. For most people, SharePoint Online is the default. However, if you hear “Check it out button” when navigating your document library, you’re using the classic experience. To view SharePoint Online document libraries, when you hear “Check it out button,” press Enter. After the view of your document library changes to the SharePoint Online experience and the focus moves from the Check it out button to the New link, you hear the name of your document library, followed by “New.”

  2. When you open a library in the SharePoint Online experience, the focus is on the New button. You hear “New, Create a new folder or Office document in this location, Use the Left or Right Arrow keys to navigate and the Enter key to activate, Submenu, To move through the items, press Up or Down Arrow.” (In Narrator, you hear “Menu item, Status.”)

    Tip: If the focus is not on the New button, press the Tab key until you hear the library name and either “Leaving Menus” or “Menu, New, Create a new folder or Office document in this location, Use the Left or Right Arrow keys to navigate and the Enter key to activate, Submenu, To move through the items, press Up or Down Arrow.” (In Narrator, you hear “Menu item, Status.”)

  3. To open the menu, press Enter.

  4. Press the Down Arrow key until you hear the name of the Office application, and then press Enter.

  5. A new document opens. You hear “New, Create a new folder or Office document in this location, Use the Left or Right Arrow keys to navigate and the Enter key to activate, Submenu.” (In Narrator, you hear “Menu item, Status”)

  6. Create a document. Your Office document is automatically saved. The name of the document is Document number.

  7. To exit, press Alt+F and then press the Down Arrow key until you hear “Exit.” Press Enter. If you’re using JAWS, the window closes.

  8. If you’re using Narrator, the Do you want to close all tabs or the current tab? dialog box opens.

  9. Press the Right Arrow key. You hear “Close current tab.”

  10. Press Enter. Your document is closed, and the focus returns to the library.

To rename the document, see Use a screen reader to edit information about a file or folder in a document library.

See also

Use a screen reader to check out or check in files in a document library in SharePoint Online

Use a screen reader to create a custom view of a document library in SharePoint Online

Keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Online

Get started using a screen reader with a modern document library in SharePoint Online

Accessibility features in SharePoint Online

Technical support for customers with disabilities

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