Use the links in this article to get help with using a screen reader with Excel 2016. The linked articles can help you get the best experience with Excel 2016.
You can use a screen reader and Excel_2016 to create, edit, and share workbooks.
Excel 2016 works with Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows, and with third-party screen readers, such as JAWS. These screen readers convert text to speech to read the contents of the Excel 2016 workbook. To turn Narrator on or off, press Windows logo key+Enter. For more information about Narrator, refer to Hear text read aloud with Narrator. For more information about JAWS, refer to the JAWS Screen Reader documentation.
Note: This topic assumes that JAWS users have the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature turned off.
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Start Excel 2016
To start Excel 2016, do one of the following:
Press the Windows logo key, type Excel 2016, and then press Enter.
Move to the Excel workbook you want to open and press Enter. The workbook opens in Excel.
Note: To learn what the user interface looks like and how to navigate with the keyboard in Excel 2016, see Accessibility in Excel 2016 for Windows.
Work with screen readers
Screen readers may vary in how they work with Excel.
Use Excel with JAWS
When starting Excel, JAWS automatically turns off Virtual Cursor. If you find that Virtual Cursor is on, to turn it off, press Insert+Z.
Use Excel with Narrator
Narrator does not read the following Excel elements: tables, conditional formatting and slicers, and form controls.
Do more tasks with Excel 2016 and a screen reader
Technical support for customers with disabilities
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