Use Excel with your keyboard and a screen reader to create descriptive column headers in a table. We have tested it with Narrator, JAWS, and NVDA, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.
When you create a table in an Excel worksheet, Excel automatically adds and displays table headers. Table headers either display their default names (you can change these directly in the worksheet), or you can specify that they display the header data that is in your worksheet. In a long table, table headers replace the worksheet column headings so that they stay visible when you move through the table data. Table headers should not be confused with worksheet column headings or the headers for printed pages.
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When using Narrator, your keyboard will default to the Standard layout. To change this in the Narrator settings, press the Windows logo key+Ctrl+N. Press the Tab key until you hear: "Select keyboard layout, Standard." To change the layout to Legacy, press the Down arrow key once. You hear: "Legacy, selected." The new Narrator commands will not be available in the Legacy keyboard layout if keystrokes for legacy commands conflict with those used in new Narrator features.
This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.
Add column headers to a table
Place focus anywhere in the table.
Press Alt+J, O to add column headers.
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