Use a screen reader to check recent activity in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to check recent activity in Microsoft Teams

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To quickly check out what's been happening since your last visit to Microsoft Teams, open the Activity view using your keyboard and a screen reader, such as JAWS or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, and browse through your activity feed in a snap.

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, join the Office Insider program.

  • For keyboard shortcuts, go to Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams.

  • 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 makes note of the NVDA functionality as well. To learn more about NVDA, go to NV Access | Get Help.

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

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Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed in the Activity view, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of

  • replies to your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear the sender info, notification content and details, and the number and position of the selected notification in the list.

  3. To open the More options menu, press Spacebar. You hear: "Mark as read" or "Mark as unread." To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. To exit the menu, press Esc.

  4. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Tips: To quickly find a notification, use the search at the top of the screen. To go to the Search, press Ctrl+E.

  • To find a person's activity, type /activity in the search field and press Enter. You hear: "Enter the name of a person." Type the name of a person whose activity you want to find and press Enter.

  • To find your @mentions, type /mentions in the search field and press Enter.

Filter the Activity feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key. You hear: "Click to see all Feeds Filter options." Press Spacebar. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter, press the Tab key until you hear: "Remove feeds filter," and then press Spacebar.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. To move into the list of notifications, press the Tab key.

  3. Press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  4. Press the Tab key until you hear you the latest message in the related conversation.

  5. Press the Up arrow key until you hear the message from which you got the notification. The screen reader reads the message and its details.

  6. Press the H key until you hear: "Reply."

  7. Press Enter to open the reply field.

  8. Type your message. To send the reply, press the Tab key until you hear "Send," and then press Enter.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, in your email, or in the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams, press Ctrl+Comma (,). The Settings menu opens.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications," and then press Enter.

  3. To navigate in the menu, press the Tab key.

  4. To expand a dropdown menu, press Spacebar. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  5. To exit the Notifications settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams, you'll get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create and modify teams in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

To quickly check out what's been happening since your last visit to Microsoft Teams on Mac, open the Activity view using your keyboard and VoiceOver, the Mac OS screen reader, and browse through your activity feed in a snap.

Notes: 

In this topic

Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed in the Activity view, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of, or conversations you are following

  • replies to your messages

  • likes your messages

  1. To open your Activity feed, press Command+1. You hear: "Feed," and the number of items.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear the sender's name and current status followed by channel info and notification content.

  3. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Tips: 

  • You can use Search to quickly find your @mentions or someone's activity. To go to your @mentions, press Command+E to go to the Search field, type /mentions and press Return. The focus moves to the most recent message where you were mentioned. To reply, press R and start typing. To find your other @mentions, go to your Activity feed.

  • To find someone else's activity, press Command+E, type /activity and press Return. Type the name of the person you're looking for. The search results are listed as you type. To move to the list of results, press the Down arrow key. To select a person, press Return when you hear their name.

Filter the feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Command+1. You hear: "Feed," and the number of items.

  2. Press the Tab key. You hear: "Click to see all Feeds Filter options." To select, press Spacebar. The Filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. VoiceOver announces the filters as you move. To select, press Return. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter and list all notifications again, in the Activity feed, press the Tab key until you hear "Remove Feeds Filter button," and press Control+Option+Spacebar.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Command+1. You hear: "Feed," and the number of items.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed. Then press the Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and press Return. The focus moves to the message in the related conversation on the Conversations tab.

  3. To reply to the message in a channel, press R. Type your message, and press Return to send.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, your email, or the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams, press Command+Comma (,). The Settings menu opens.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications tab," and press Return.

  3. To navigate in the menu, press the Tab key.

  4. To expand a list of options, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Return.

  5. To close the Settings menu, press Esc.

    Tip: You can switch on email notifications to receive emails on any missed activity when you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams.

    Note: If you choose not to receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create and modify teams in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

To quickly check out what's been happening since your last visit to Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 S, open the Activity view using your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, and browse through your activity feed in a snap.

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, join the Office Insider program.

  • You can easily access the keyboard shortcuts list from within Microsoft Teams. Press Ctrl+E to go to the Search field, type /keys, and then press Enter.

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

In this topic

Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed in the Activity view, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of

  • replies to your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear the sender info, notification content and details, and the number and position of the selected notification in the list.

  3. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Tips: To quickly find a notification, use the search at the top of the screen. To go to the Search, press Ctrl+E.

  • To find a person's activity, type /activity in the search field and press Enter. You hear: "Enter the name of a person." Type the name of a person whose activity you want to find and press Enter.

  • To find your @mentions, type /mentions in the search field and press Enter.

Filter the Activity feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear: "Filter." Press Ctrl+Spacebar. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press Ctrl+Right arrow key. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter, press the Tab key until you hear: "Remove feeds filter button," and then press Spacebar.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed.

  3. Press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  4. Press H until you hear the message from which you got the notification. The screen reader reads the message and its details.

  5. Press H until you hear: "Reply."

  6. Press Enter. You hear: "Reply, editing."

  7. Type your message. To send the reply, press Enter.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, in your email, or in the banners.

  1. Press Caps lock+Spacebar until you hear: "Scan off."

  2. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams, press Ctrl+Shift+Comma (,). The Settings menu opens.

  3. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications tab," and then press Enter.

  4. To navigate in the menu, press the Tab key.

  5. To expand an options list, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  6. To exit the Notifications settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams, you'll get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create and modify teams in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

To quickly check out what's been happening since your last visit to Microsoft Teams on the web, open the Activity view using your keyboard and a screen reader, such as JAWS or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, and browse through your activity feed in a snap.

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, join the Office Insider program.

  • 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 makes note of the NVDA functionality as well. To learn more about NVDA, go to NV Access | Get Help.

  • 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 Microsoft Teams on the web, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. Because Microsoft Teams on the web 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 Microsoft Teams on the web.

  • If you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser, use Narrator as the screen reader. With the Chrome web browser, use JAWS.

In this topic

Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed in the Activity view, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of

  • replies to your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear the sender info, notification content and details, and the number and position of the selected notification in the list.

  3. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Tips: 

  • To quickly find any mentions of yourself, press Ctrl+E to move to the search at the top of the screen. Type /mentions, and then press Enter. The activities where you have been mentioned are listed in the list pane.

  • To quickly find out all the recent activities of a specific person, press Ctrl+E to move to the search region at the top of the screen. Type /activity, press Enter, and start typing the name of the person. The list of search results is updated as you type. Press the Down arrow key to browse the list until you hear the result you want, and then press Enter. The activities of the selected person are listed in the content pane.

Filter the Activity feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. Press the Tab key once and then press Alt+Enter. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter, press Tab or Tab+Shift until you hear: "Remove feeds filter." Press Enter.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Ctrl+Shift+1. You hear: "Feed."

  2. To move into the list of notifications, press the Tab key until you hear a notification.

  3. Press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  4. To listen to the message, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear it.

  5. To reply, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear: "Reply."

  6. Press Enter. You hear: "Reply, editing."

  7. Type your message. To send the reply, press Tab until you hear "Send," and then press Enter.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, in your email, or in the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams on the web, press Ctrl+Shift+Comma (,). You hear: "General tab."

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications tab," and then press Enter.

  3. To navigate in the Notifications menu, press the Tab key.

  4. To expand an options list, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  5. To exit the Settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams on the web, you'll get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create and modify teams in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

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