Accessibility features in OneNote Online

OneNote Online has several accessibility features to help make your computing experience easier.


  • OneNote Online doesn't have accelerator keys, so pressing the Alt key moves your focus to the browser menu bar.

  • OneNote Online runs in your web browser, so familiar shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) will run browser commands, not OneNote Online commands.

Keyboard shortcuts

OneNote Online has a lot of keyboard shortcuts that make it easier to use your computer without a mouse. For details about key combinations, see Keyboard shortcuts in OneNote Online.

Using screen readers

Here are some things to keep in mind as you use a screen reader with OneNote Online.

  • Navigation. To navigate commands in OneNote Online, use Tab, Shift+Tab, and Enter. Use Ctrl+F6 to move the focus between the command ribbon and the content of your notebook. To move from one note container to another on a page, press Ctrl+A three times, and then use Tab and Shift+Tab to move back and forth among the note containers.

  • Section and page tabs. Tab through the section and page tabs. To expand or collapse a section, press Enter while the section tab is selected. To jump to the content of a page, press Enter while the page tab is selected. When you go to a password-protected section, press Enter and then type the password.

  • Search. Tab until you hear, “Empty line,” and then type your search.

  • Text. The easiest way to read a page is to use Ctrl+A to select all the content on the page (press Ctrl+A three times).

  • Ink (drawings). Screen readers read ink drawings as images.

Here are some tips for using particular screen readers in OneNote Online.

JAWS    When entering OneNote Online, JAWS automatically turns off Virtual Cursor. If you find that Virtual Cursor is on, turn it off by pressing Insert + Z to turn it off.

Window Eyes    Press Ctrl+Shift+A to turn off Browse Mode.

Windows Narrator    Narrator reads the content of a bulleted list or tag with no indication that it is a list of items or a tagged item. Narrator reads the content of the table with no indication of rows or columns.

More information

For information about the accessibility features of your browser, go to your browser’s website.

To get started with Windows Narrator, see Use Windows 8 Narrator with Office 2013.

The Microsoft Accessibility website at Microsoft Accessibility provides more information about assistive technology. A free monthly electronic newsletter is available to help you stay current with accessibility topics about Microsoft products. To subscribe, visit Free Subscription to the Accessibility Update Newsletter.

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