Accessibility in includes accessibility features that make it easier for people with disabilities to use. For example, people who are blind or who have low vision can use screen readers to have information about the user interface (UI) read aloud to them. People who have limited mobility can use keyboard shortcuts or speech recognition tools instead of a mouse. This topic covers the accessibility features for many types of disabilities.


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Work with keyboard shortcuts and screen readers in

Keyboard shortcuts enable people with disabilities to operate apps by using the keyboard rather than the mouse. Because you access in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts that work in your browser also work for For example, to move forward through the links and other elements on any webpage, press the Tab key, or to move back, press Shift+Tab.

Other keyboard shortcuts include:

  • Esc: Close dialog boxes.

  • Enter or Spacebar: Select and activate items.

  • Arrow keys: Move through and select items in lists.

Operate with speech recognition

Screen readers are apps that enable people who are blind or have low vision to hear audible feedback for the elements of a UI. As with the UI of other Microsoft products and services, the UI elements of include names that screen readers can understand (accessible names).

When you use a screen reader with, the screen reader reads the accessible names aloud to you (along with any other relevant information), while the focus of the screen reader moves to each element of the UI that you’re using in

Note For more information about screen readers, go to American Foundation for the Blind: Screen readers, which lists many of them, including the popular JAWS (Job Access with Speech). Or, for information about Narrator, the screen reader that’s included with the Windows operating system, go to Hear text aloud with Narrator.

Do more tasks with and a screen reader

To learn how to perform tasks with screen readers on, go to:

Make documents that you upload to accessible

To learn how to make some of the most common documents that you upload to accessible, refer to:

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or have 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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