Use a screen reader to upload files to a document library in SharePoint Online

You can use keyboard shortcuts and a screen reader to upload files to a document library in SharePoint Online, which is a great tool for sharing documents within your team or organization.

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Use a screen reader to upload files to a document library in SharePoint Online
  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 modern. For most people, modern is the default. However, if you hear “Check it out button” when navigating your document library, you’re using the classic view. To view modern document libraries, when you hear “Check it out button,” press Enter. After the view of your document library changes to the modern view 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 move the focus to the Upload link, press the Tab key until you hear “Upload.” Press Enter (or press Alt+U).

  3. As the Add a document dialog box opens, in JAWS, you hear “Add a document dialog.” To move the focus to the Browse button, press the Tab key until you hear “Choose a file button.” Press Spacebar.

  4. In the Choose File to Upload dialog box, do the following:

    • Press the Tab key until the focus is on the folders and files in the Choose File to Upload dialog box. You hear the name of one of the folders or files.

    • To move between and select folders and files, use the arrow keys. As you select each folder or file, you hear the folder’s name.

    • When you hear the name of a folder you want to open, press Enter. Repeat this procedure until you find the folder that contains your file.

    Note: To go up a level in the folder hierarchy, press Backspace.

  5. To insert your file from the currently selected folder, use one of the following two methods:

    • Keep selecting folders and files until you hear the name of your file. Then, press Enter.

    • If you know the name of the file you want to upload, press F6 until the focus is in the File name box and you hear “File name.” Then, type the file name and press Enter.

  6. In the Add a document dialog box, to move the focus to the OK button, press the Tab key until you hear “OK.” Press Enter (or press Alt+O).

  7. After the file has been uploaded to the document library, in JAWS, you hear “File uploading complete.” In Narrator, you hear “Zero of one complete.”

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