Use a screen reader to move or copy a folder or file 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 move or copy one or more folders or files from one location to another location within the same document library.

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.

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Move folders or files in a document library

  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 experience 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. To view SharePoint Online document libraries, press the Tab key until 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.”

    Tip: If you don’t hear “Check it out button,” you’re already using the SharePoint Online experience.

  3. In List view or Tiles view, select the file or folder you want to move. You can select more than one.

  4. Press the Right Arrow key until you hear “Open context menu for selected item,” and press Enter. A context menu opens, and you hear “Open submenu.” (In Narrator, you hear “Open.”)

  5. Press the Down Arrow key until you hear “Move to,” and press Enter. (In Narrator, you hear “Move to, Menu item.”) The Move item to: dialog box opens with the Move tab selected and the focus on the first document library in the list.

  6. To move to the destination list, press the Tab key twice.

  7. To select a destination, use the Down Arrow key and press Enter. The Move item to: dialog box closes, and the item is moved to the destination.

    Tips: To create a new folder for the files:

    1. In the Move item to: dialog box, tab until you hear “Move” and press the Right Arrow key.

    2. When you near “New folder, Menu item,” press Enter. A new folder is created, and the focus moves to the Folder name dialog box. You hear “Folder name, Editing.”

    3. Type a name for the folder.

    4. To move to the Create button, press the Tab key, and then press Enter. The new folder is created, and the focus moves to the folder.

    5. To move the item to the new folder, press Enter.

Copy folders or files in a document library

  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 experience 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. To view SharePoint Online document libraries, press the Tab key until 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.”

    Tip: If you don’t hear “Check it out button,” you’re already using the SharePoint Online experience.

  3. In List view or Tiles view, select the file or folder you want to move. You can select more than one.

  4. Press the Right Arrow key until you hear “Open context menu for selected item,” and press Enter. A context menu opens, and you hear “Open submenu.” (In Narrator, you hear “Open.”)

  5. Press the Down Arrow key until you hear “Copy to, Menu item,” and press Enter. (In Narrator, you hear “Move to, Menu item.”) The Copy item to: dialog box opens.

  6. To select the destination for the item, use the Down Arrow key and press Enter. The Copy item to: dialog box closes, and the item is copied to the destination.

    Tips: To create a new folder where you can place the copied file:

    1. In the Copy item to: dialog box, tab until you hear “Tab, Menu, Copy” and then press the Right Arrow key.

    2. When you near “New folder,” press Enter. A new folder is created, and the focus moves to the Folder name dialog box. You hear “Folder name, Edit.”

    3. Type a name for the folder.

    4. To move to the Create button, press the Tab key and then press Enter. The new folder is created, and the focus moves to the folder.

    5. To copy the item to the new folder, press Enter.

See also

Use a screen reader to copy the link for a file or folder in SharePoint Online

Use a screen reader to create a folder in 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

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