Use a screen reader to name a cell or data range in Excel

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Use Excel 2016 with your keyboard and a screen reader such as JAWS or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to name cells and data ranges in a worksheet. You can define a name for a cell range, function, constant, or table. Screen readers will announce the name of the cell or data range, which makes the information easier to understand.


Name a cell or data range

  1. Select the cell or range of cells that you want to name.

  2. Press Alt+M and then press M. Press Enter until you hear “Name colon edit.” The focus moves to the Name: box.

  3. Type the cell or data range name.

  4. Tab to the OK button and then press Enter. The focus returns to the spreadsheet.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a workbook in Excel 2016

Use a screen reader to sort or filter a table in Excel

Excel keyboard shortcuts and function keys for Windows

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Excel

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate in Excel using accessible features

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