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Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is a chat-based hub for colleagues to work together. Use Microsoft Teams with your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and to move between views and functions.

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Cycle through the main screen elements

To cycle through the Microsoft Teams screen elements, press Tab or Shift+Tab. The focus moves through the elements in the following order:

  • The main content area in the center of the screen. For the instructions on how navigate inside this element, go to Navigate inside a view.

  • The vertical toolbar on the far left on the screen. Narrator announces: "App bar," followed by a view name. To navigate inside the toolbar, press the Up or Down arrow key. Narrator announces the buttons as you move. From the toolbar, you can switch to another view or to an installed app.

  • The horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen, which contains the Back, Forward, and New chat buttons.

Navigate to a view

Microsoft Teams contains the following main views: Teams, Activity, Chat, Meetings, and Files. You can switch from any view to another.

Teams view

When you first sign in to the Microsoft Teams app, you land in the Teams view. The team with the most recent activity in your teams list is selected, and the team's conversation in the General channel is displayed. You can browse your teams, select a team's channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content of a team channel. For example, write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

To go to the Teams view after login, press Ctrl+3. Narrator announces: "Conversations, 1 of 4, selected." The focus is in Conversations tab header in the content pane.

Activity view

The Activity view lists your and your teams' recent activity. You can, for example, select and read a conversation, check if you have missed calls, or if you've been added to a team.

To go to the Activity view, press Ctrl+1. Narrator announces: "Activity and notifications list," followed by the current listing option such as "Feed, menu." The focus is on the listing option menu in the list pane.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the messages list, and open a message to write a reply, read a whole conversation, start a call, or share a file in a chat. You can also check a contact's details and start a private chat.

To go to the Chat view, press Ctrl+2. Narrator announces: "Chat list, recent chats,” followed by the number of recent chats. The focus is in the list of recent chats in the list pane.

Meetings view

The Meetings view lists your upcoming meetings. You can browse upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

To go to the Meetings view, press Ctrl+4. Narrator announces: "Meetings list, previous day." The focus is on the Previous day button in the list pane.

Files view

In the Files view, you can browse and open your personal files from OneDrive or your team's shared files in the native app, or edit them in Microsoft Teams. You can also download a file to your local device.

To go to the Files view, press Ctrl+5. Narrator announces the details of the first file in the recent files list. The focus is on the first file in the content pane.

Navigate inside a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. This area has been divided into a list pane and a content pane. The contents of each pane depend on the selected view.

When you select a view, the focus moves to either the list pane or content pane as described in Navigate to a view. To navigate between the list and content panes, press the Tab key or Ctrl+Tab.

List pane

The list pane is on the left side of the main content area. You can browse and select items and display them in detail on the content pane on the right. For example, in the Chat view, select a chat in the list pane, and the entire chat is displayed in the content pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also schedule a meeting or join a team.

  • To enter a list, press the Tab key or the Down arrow key until you hear the first item in the list.

  • To browse the items in a list pane, press the Up or Down arrow key. Narrator announces the item details or buttons as you move.

  • To select an item in a list and display its details in the content pane, press Enter.

Content pane

The content pane is on the right side of the main content area. You can access the content of the item selected in the list pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also add channels and tabs, start a call and type a message. The content pane also contains a tabs row on the top of the pane to organize the team assets, for example, to conversations, shared files, or organizational info.

  • To navigate to the tabs row, press the Left or Right arrow key until you hear the currently selected tab, for example, "Conversations, one of four." To move to another tab, press Right or Left arrow key until you hear the tab you want, and then press Enter.

  • To enter the content pane main area, press the Tab key until you hear the latest item in the area, such as the latest message in a conversation.

  • To navigate inside a content pane, press the Up or Down arrow key.

  • To access the toolbar of a single message, in the content pane main area, press the Up arrow key until you hear the message you want, then press Caps lock+Right arrow key until you hear "More options." To browse the toolbar, press the Left or Right arrow key. To select, press Enter. From a message toolbar, you can, for example, save or like a message, and access further options.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to search for a conversation, person, or file 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

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based hub for colleagues to work together. Use Microsoft Teams on Mac with your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in Mac OS screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and to move between views and functions.

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Cycle through the main elements

To cycle through the sections in Microsoft Teams, press Command+F6 (to go forward) or Shift+Command+F6 (to go backward). The focus jumps between the sections on the screen. For example, when you open Microsoft Teams in the Teams view, pressing command +F6 jumps between the sections in the following order:

  • The horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen. VoiceOver announces: "Search a new chat, group." To navigate inside the menu bar, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. VoiceOver announces the buttons and fields as you move. From the menu bar, you can, for example, start a new chat or search, or access your profile and the app settings.

  • Join or create a team button in the list pane.

  • The main content area at the center of the screen showing the most recent conversations. For instructions on how navigate inside this element, go to Navigate in a view.

  • The message compose box at the bottom of the main content area. VoiceOver announces: “Start a new conversation. Type @ to mention someone.”

Navigate to a view

Microsoft Teams contains the following main views: Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Files.

Tip: To quickly go to a channel or a team, press Command+G. Start typing the name of the channel or team. 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 press Return to go to that channel or team.

For instructions on how to navigate the list and content panes inside a view, go to Navigate in a view.

Teams view

When you first sign in to the Microsoft Teams app, you land in the Teams view. The team with the most recent activity in your teams list is selected, and the team's conversation in the General channel is displayed. You can browse your teams, select a team's channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content in a team channel, such as write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

To go to the Teams view after login, press Command+3. VoiceOver announces: “Favorite teams, expanded, list box, teams and channels list, navigation.”

Activity view

The Activity view lists your and your teams' recent activity. You can, for example, select and read a conversation, check if you have missed calls, or if you've been added to a team.

To go to the Activity view, press Command+1. VoiceOver announces: "Activity and notifications list, navigation menu" followed by the current list option such as "Feed," and the number of items. The focus is on the list option menu in the list pane.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the message list, and open a message to write a reply, read a whole conversation, start a call, or share a file in a chat. You can also check a contact's details and start a private chat.

To go to the Chat view, press Command+2. VoiceOver announces: "Recent chats, type your questions here." The focus is in the message compose box in the main content pane.

Meetings view

In the Meetings view, you can browse your upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

To go to the Meetings view, press Command+4. VoiceOver announces: "Today. Meeting details are updated." The focus is on the Previous day button in the list pane.

Files view

In the Files view, you can browse and open your personal files from OneDrive, your team's shared files in the respective app, or edit them in Microsoft Teams. You can also download a file to your device.

To go to the Files view, press Command+5. VoiceOver announces the files shown. The focus is on the first file in the content pane.

Navigate in a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. This area has been divided into a list pane and a content pane. The contents of each pane depend on the selected view.

When you select a view, the focus moves to either the list pane or content pane as described in Navigate to a view. To navigate between the list and content panes, press Command+F6 or Shift+Command+F6.

List pane

The list pane is on the left side of the main content area. You can browse and select items in the list pane and they will be displayed in detail in the content pane on the right. For example, in the Chat view, select a chat in the list pane, and the entire chat is displayed in the content pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also, for example, schedule a meeting or join a team.

  • To go to a list, press the Tab key or the Down arrow key until you hear the first item in the list.

  • To browse the items in a list pane, press Option+Down or Up arrow key. VoiceOver announces the item details or buttons as you move.

  • To select an item in a list and display its details in the content pane, press Return.

Content pane

The content pane is located to the right of the list pane. Depending on the selected view, you can, for example, add channels and tabs, start a call, or type a message. The content pane contains a row of tabs at the top of the pane for organizing the team assets, for example, into conversations, shared files, or organizational info.

  • To move within the banner at the top of the content pane, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. VoiceOver announces the buttons and fields as you move.

  • To navigate to the tabs at the top, press the Tab key until you hear the currently selected tab, for example, "Conversation, clickable." To move to another tab, press Option+Right or Left arrow key until you hear the tab you want, and press Return.

  • To go to the content pane main area, press the Tab key until you hear the latest item in the area, such as the latest message in a conversation.

  • To navigate inside a content pane, press the Tab key or Up or Down arrow key.

  • To access the toolbar of a single message, in the content pane main area, press the Up arrow key until you hear the message you want. Press Return to select. You hear: "More options." To browse the toolbar, press the Left or Right arrow key. To select, press Return. From a message toolbar, you can, for example, save or like a message and access further options.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to search for a conversation, person, or file 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

Microsoft Teams for iOS is a chat-based hub for colleagues to work together. Use Microsoft Teams for iOS with Voiceover, the built-in iOS screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and to move between views and functions.

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?.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

  • This topic assumes that you are using an iPhone. Some navigation and gestures might be different for an iPad.

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Cycle through the main screen elements

To cycle through the Microsoft Teams screen elements, swipe right (forward) or left (backward). The focus moves through the elements in the following order:

  • The toolbar at the top of the screen. This toolbar contains the More menu button, Search button, the current tab heading, and any buttons specific to the current tab.

  • The main content area at the middle of the screen.

  • The tab bar at the bottom of the screen, containing the Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Calls tabs.

Navigate to a view

Microsoft Teams contains the following main views: Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Calls. You can switch from any view to another.

Activity view

When you first sign in to Microsoft Teams, you land in the Activity view, which lists your and your teams' recent activity, such as mentions, likes, or missed calls.

To go to the Activity view, swipe right until you hear "Activity tab," and double-tap the screen.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the messages list, open a message to write a reply, and read a whole conversation.

To go to the Chat view, swipe right until you hear "Chat tab," and double-tap the screen.

Teams view

The Teams view lists all the teams you belong to. You can browse your teams, select a team’s channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content of a team channel. For example, write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

To go to the Teams view, swipe right until you hear “Teams tab,” and double-tap the screen.

Meetings view

The Meetings view lists your upcoming meetings. You can browse upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

To go to the Meetings view, swipe right until you hear "Meetings tab," and double-tap the screen.

Calls view

The Calls view lists your call history. You can browse the list of past calls and make new calls.

To go to the Calls view, swipe right until you hear "Calls tab," and double-tap the screen.

Navigate inside a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. The Activity, Chat, and Teams views also add view-specific buttons to the toolbar. To navigate inside views, swipe right or left to move between elements. Narrator reads the name of each element as they are highlighted. When you hear the one you want, double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate the More menu

The Editor: Is More menu contains your profile information, your presence status, Microsoft Teams settings, and the Saved and Files views.

  • To open the More menu, swipe right or left until you hear "More menu," and double-tap the screen.

  • Swipe right until you hear the menu item you want, and double-tap the screen.

  • To leave the More menu, swipe left until you hear "Close the More menu button," and double-tap the screen.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to search for a conversation, person, or file in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Microsoft Teams for Android is a chat-based hub for colleagues to work together. Use Microsoft Teams for Android with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and to move between views and functions.

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?.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Android screen reader, TalkBack. To learn more about using TalkBack, go to Android accessibility.

  • This topic assumes you are using this app with an Android phone. Some navigation and gestures might be different for an Android tablet.

In this topic

Cycle through main screen elements

To cycle through the Microsoft Teams screen elements, swipe right (forward) or left (backward). The focus moves through the elements in the following order:

  • The toolbar at the top of the screen. This toolbar contains the More menu button, the current tab heading, buttons specific to the current tab, and the Search button.

  • The main content area at the middle of the screen.

  • The tab bar at the bottom of the screen, containing the Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Calls tabs.

Navigate to a view

Microsoft Teams contains the following main views: Activity, Chat, Teams, Meetings, and Calls. You can switch from any view to another.

Activity view

When you first sign in to the Microsoft Teams app, you land in the Activity view, which lists your and your teams’ recent activity, such as mentions, likes, or missed calls.

To go to the Activity view, swipe right until you hear “Activity tab,” and double-tap the screen.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the messages list, and open a message to write a reply, and read a whole conversation.

To go to the Chat view, swipe right until you hear “Chat tab,” and double-tap the screen.

Teams view

The Teams view lists all the teams you belong to. You can browse your teams, select a team’s channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content of a team channel. For example, write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

To go to the Teams view, swipe right until you hear “Teams tab,” and double-tap the screen.

Meetings view

The Meetings view lists your upcoming meetings. You can browse upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

To go to the Meetings view, swipe right until you hear “Meetings view,” and double-tap the screen.

Calls view

The Calls view lists your call history. You can browse the list of past calls and make new calls.

To go to the Calls view, swipe right until you hear “Calls tab,” and double-tap the screen.

Navigate inside a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. The Activity, Chat, and Teams views also add view-specific buttons to the toolbar. To navigate inside views, swipe right or left to move between elements. TalkBack reads the name of each element as they are highlighted. When you hear the one you want, double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate the More menu

The More menu contains your profile information, your presence status, Microsoft Teams settings, and the Saved and Files views.

  • To open the More menu, swipe right or left until you hear “Open hamburger menu,” and double-tap the screen.

  • Swipe right until you hear the menu item you want, and double-tap the screen.

  • To leave the More menu, tap the right side of the screen with two fingers.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to search for a conversation, person, or file in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use MicrosoftTeamsforWindows10S with your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and move between views and functions. Microsoft Teams is the digital hub for team work.

Notes: 

In this topic

Cycle through main screen elements

To cycle through the Microsoft Teams screen elements, press the Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab (backward). The focus moves through the main elements in the following order:

  • The main content area in the center of the screen. For the instructions on how navigate inside this element, go to Navigate inside a view.

  • The horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen. Narrator announces: "Search and New chat, button." To navigate inside the menu bar, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. Narrator announces the buttons and fields as you move. From the menu bar, you can, for example, start a new chat or search, or access your profile and the app settings.

  • The vertical toolbar on the far left on the screen. Narrator announces: "App bar," followed by a view name. To navigate inside the toolbar, press the Up or Down arrow keys. Narrator announces the buttons as you move. From the toolbar, you can switch to another view or to an installed app.

Navigate to a view

Microsoft Teams contains the following main views: Teams, Activity, Chat, Meetings, and Files. You can switch from any view to another.

Tip: To quickly go to a channel or team, press Ctrl+Shift+G. Start typing the name of the channel or team. 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.

For the instructions on how to navigate list and content panes inside a view, go to Navigate inside a view.

Teams view

When you first sign in to the Microsoft Teams app, you land in the Teams view. The team with the most recent activity in your teams list is selected, and the team's conversation in the General channel is displayed. You can browse your teams, select a team's channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content of a team channel. For example, write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

To go to the Teams view after login, press Ctrl+Shift+3. Narrator announces: "Conversations." The focus is in Conversations tab header in the content pane.

Activity view

The Activity view lists your and your teams' recent activity. You can, for example, select and read a conversation, check if you have missed calls, or if you've been added to a team.

To go to the Activity view, press Ctrl+Shift+1. Narrator announces: "Activity and notifications list," followed by the current listing option such as "Feed, selected." The focus is on the listing option menu in the list pane.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the messages list, and open a message to write a reply, read a whole conversation, start a call, or share a file in a chat. You can also check a contact's details and start a private chat.

To go to the Chat view, press Ctrl+Shift+2. Narrator announces: "Chat content, Type a new message, editing." The focus is in the message text field in the content pane.

Meetings view

In the Meetings view, you can browse your upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

To go to the Meetings view, press Ctrl+Shift+4. Narrator announces: "Schedule a meeting." The focus is on the previous day button in the list pane.

Files view

In the Files view, you can browse and open your personal files from OneDrive or your team's shared files in the native app, or edit them in Microsoft Teams. You can also download a file to your local device.

To go to the Files view, press Ctrl+Shift+5. Narrator announces: "Recent tab item," followed by the details of the recent file. The focus is on the first file in the content pane.

Navigate inside a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. This area has been divided into a list pane and a content pane. The contents of each pane depend on the selected view.

When you select a view, the focus moves to either the list pane or content pane as described in Navigate to a view. To navigate between the list and content panes, press Ctrl+F6 or Shift+Ctrl+F6.

List pane

The list pane is on the left side of the main content area. You can browse and select items and display them in detail on the content pane on the right. For example, in the Chat view, select a chat in the list pane, and the entire chat is displayed in the content pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also schedule a meeting or join a team.

  • To enter a list, press the Tab key or the Down arrow key until you hear the first item in the list.

  • To browse the items in a list pane, press Down arrow key. Narrator announces the item details or buttons as you move.

  • To select an item in a list and display its details in the content pane, press Enter.

Content pane

The content pane is on the right side of the main content area. You can access the content of the item selected in the list pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also add channels and tabs, start a call and type a message. The content pane also contains a tabs row on the top of the pane to organize the team assets, for example, to conversations, shared files, or organizational info.

  • To move inside the banner at the top of the content pane, press the Tab key or the arrow keys. Narrator announces the buttons and fields as you move.

  • To navigate to the tabs row, press the Tab key until you hear the currently selected tab, for example, "Conversations, one of four." To move to another tab, press Right or Left arrow key until you hear the tab you want, and then press Enter. To add a new tab, press the Tab key until you hear "Add a tab button," and then press Enter.

  • To enter the content pane main area, press the Tab key until you hear the latest item in the area, such as the latest message in a conversation.

  • To navigate inside a content pane, press the Tab key or Up or Down arrow key.

  • To access the toolbar of a single message, in the content pane main area, press the Up arrow key until you hear the message you want. Press Enter to select. You hear: "More options." To browse the toolbar, press the Left or Right arrow key. To select, press Enter. From a message toolbar, you can, for example, save or like a message, and access further options.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Use Microsoft Teams on the web with your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to explore and navigate the app main views and elements, and move between views and functions. Microsoft Teams is the digital hub for team work.

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?.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Cycle through main screen elements

To cycle through the Microsoft Teams on the web screen elements, press Ctrl+F6 (forward) or Ctrl+Shift+F6 (backward). The focus moves between the main content area and the vertical toolbar:

  • The main content area is in the center of the screen. For instructions on how navigate inside this element, go to Navigate inside a view.

  • The vertical toolbar is on the far left on the screen. When the focus moves to the toolbar, Narrator announces "App bar," followed by a view name. To navigate inside the toolbar, press the Up or Down arrow keys. Narrator announces the buttons as you move. From the toolbar, you can switch to another view or to an installed app.

There is also a horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen. To navigate to the menu bar, press the Tab key until you hear: “Search and new chat.” To navigate within the menu bar, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. Narrator announces the buttons and fields as you move. From the menu bar, you can, for example, start a new chat or search, or access your profile and the app settings.

Move between the main views

Microsoft Teams on the web contains the following main views: Teams, Activity, Chat, Meetings, and Files. Use the following keyboard shortcuts to quickly navigate between the main views:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+3 for Teams.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+1 for Activity.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+2 for Chat.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+4 for Meetings.

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+5 for Files

To quickly go to a channel or team, press Ctrl+Shift+G. Start typing the name of the channel or team. 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. For instructions on how to navigate list and content panes inside a view, go to Navigate inside a view.

Teams view

When you first sign in to the Microsoft Teams on the web app, you land in the Teams view. The team with the most recent activity in your teams list is selected, and the team's conversation in the General channel is displayed. You can browse your teams, select a team's channel, add new channels, and join or leave a team. You can also access, modify, and contribute to the content of a team channel. For example, write a message or upload a file to share with your team.

When you move to the Teams view, Narrator announces: "Teams and channels list." The focus is in the Conversations tab header in the content pane.

Activity view

The Activity view lists your and your teams' recent activity. You can, for example, select and read a conversation, check if you have missed calls, or if you've been added to a team.

When you move to the Activity view, Narrator announces "Activity and notifications list," followed by the current listing option such as "Feed menu." The focus is on the listing option menu in the list pane.

Chat view

The Chat view lists your recent messages. You can browse the messages list, and open a message to write a reply, read a whole conversation, start a call, or share a file in a chat. You can also check a contact's details and start a private chat.

When you move to the Chat view, Narrator announces: "Recent tab item, chat list, recent chats." The focus is in the Recent chat list in the list pane.

Meetings view

In the Meetings view, you can browse your upcoming meetings, join an online meeting, or schedule a meeting.

When you move to the Meetings view, Narrator announces: "Meetings list, previous day button." The focus is on the Previous day button in the list pane.

Files view

In the Files view, you can browse and open your personal files from OneDrive or your team's shared files in the native app, or edit them in Microsoft Teams on the web. You can also download a file to your local device.

When you move to the Files view, Narrator announces: "Recent tab item, files pane," followed by the details of the recent file. The focus is on the first file in the content pane.

Navigate inside a view

Each view contains a main content area in the center of the screen. This area has been divided into a list pane and a content pane. The contents of each pane depend on the selected view.

When you select a view, the focus moves to either the list pane or content pane as described in Move between the main views. To navigate between the list and content panes, press Ctrl+F6 or Shift+Ctrl+F6.

List pane

The list pane is on the left side of the main content area. You can browse and select items and display them in detail on the content pane on the right. For example, in the Chat view, select a chat in the list pane, and the entire chat is displayed in the content pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also schedule a meeting or join a team.

  • To move the focus to a list, press the Tab key until you hear the first item in the list.

  • To browse the items in a list pane, press the Down arrow key. Narrator announces the item details or buttons as you move.

  • To select an item in a list and display its details in the content pane, press Enter.

Content pane

The content pane is on the right side of the main content area. You can access the content of the item selected in the list pane. Depending on the selected view, you can also add channels and tabs, start a call and type a message. The content pane also contains a tabs row at the top of the pane to organize the team assets, for example, to conversations, shared files, or organizational info.

  • To move inside the banner at the top of the content pane, press the Tab key. Narrator announces the buttons and fields as you move.

  • To navigate to the tabs row, press the Tab key until you hear the currently selected tab, for example, "Conversations, one of four." To move to another tab, press the Right or Left arrow key until you hear the tab you want, and then press Enter.

  • To enter the content pane main area, press the Tab key until you hear the latest item in the area, such as the latest message in conversations.

  • To navigate inside a content pane, press the Tab key or Up or Down arrow key.

  • To access the toolbar of a single message, in the content pane main area, press the Up arrow key in the message list until you hear the message you want. Press Enter to select. You hear: "Message from <sender>." To access and browse the toolbar, press Enter, and then the Left or Right arrow key. To select, press Enter. From a message toolbar, you can, for example, save or like a message, and access further options.

See also

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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