Use a screen reader to create new teams in Microsoft Teams

Use your JAWS screen reader to seamlessly create or join your team in Microsoft Teams. This is where all your team conversations, meetings, files and notes will come together.

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In this topic

  • Create a new team

  • Join an existing public team

Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Dialog, create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy button menu, private".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Dialog, add members to <name of team>".

  12. Press Tab until you hear "Add members, edit type and text".

  13. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  14. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  15. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 13 through 15 to add more members.

  16. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  17. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  18. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  19. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  20. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search for public teams, edit".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

Microsoft Teams on Mac includes accessibility features that make it easy for users with limited dexterity, low vision, or other disabilities to chat privately or in teams. This means you can use keyboard shortcuts and a screen reader to work with Microsoft Teams on Mac. For more information about accessibility settings and features that are platform-specific, refer to Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365.  



NOTE

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Mac OS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, go to VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

In this topic

  • Create a new team

  • Join an existing public team

Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Option+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy button menu, private".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Add members to <name of team>".

  12. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  13. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  14. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 12 through 14 to add more members.

  15. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  16. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  17. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  18. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  19. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Option+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Option+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search, search for public teams".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Option+3.

Microsoft Teams on the web includes accessibility features that make it easy for users with limited dexterity, low vision, or other disabilities to chat privately or in teams. This means you can use keyboard shortcuts and a screen reader to work with Microsoft Teams on the web. For more information about accessibility settings and features that are platform-specific, refer to Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365.



NOTE

  • The procedures in this topic are documented using the Microsoft Narrator screen reader and the Microsoft Edge browser. To learn more about Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator.

In this topic

  • Create a new team

  • Join an existing public team

Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy ".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Add members to <name of team>".

  12. Press Tab until you hear "Add members, to <name of team>, Members, editing".

  13. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  14. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  15. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 13 through 15 to add more members.

  16. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  17. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  18. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  19. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  20. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search, edit".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

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