Accessibility in Office 365

Office 365 provides features that are accessible and usable for people who have special needs or disabilities.

In this article

Accessibility features in the Office 365 portal

Keyboard shortcuts

Use alt text

Use accessibility features in your browser

Accessibility features in Lync and Exchange

Accessibility features in Office Online and Office desktop applications

Accessibility features in the Office 365 portal

Keyboard shortcuts

By using the following keyboard shortcuts, you can navigate to links and controls in the Office 365 portal.

To do this

Use this keyboard shortcut

Select the next control or hyperlink

TAB

Select the previous control or hyperlink

SHIFT+TAB

Perform the action for the selected control or hyperlink

ENTER

Use alt text

Images on Office 365 pages contain alt text. When you use a screen reader and you select an image, the screen reader will read the alt text. Alt text might not be used if it provides no additional information or is redundant with other text.

Use accessibility features in your browser

Because the Office 365 portal is a service that you view in a web browser, some accessibility features are supplied by the browser itself. Windows Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Internet Explorer 8 offer features like zoom, customizable font sizes and colors, and compatibility with screen readers.

For example, you can view high-contrast mode in Internet Explorer to make text easier to read.

  1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

  2. On the General tab, click Accessibility.

  3. Select the Ignore colors specified on webpages check box, the Ignore font styles specified on webpages check box, and the Ignore font sizes specified on webpages check box, and then click OK.

If you use a different browser, you can search the web for information on accessibility for your browser.

Accessibility features in Lync and Exchange

Accessibility features in Office Online and Office desktop applications

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