Use a screen reader to create a folder in a document library in SharePoint Online

You can create folders and subfolders in a SharePoint Online document library with the help of your screen reader. With these folders, organize your files into categories that make sense for your organization. For example, create folders to store files for each client or folders for files related to a specific project.


To create a folder in a SharePoint Online document library, follow these steps.

  1. Sign in to your organization’s Office 365 account, start the SharePoint app, and then open your document library.

    Tip: Document libraries in SharePoint Online have two different views: classic and modern. For most people, modern is the default. However, if you hear “Check it out button” when navigating your document library, you’re using the classic view. To view modern document libraries, when you hear “Check it out button,” press Enter. After the view of your document library changes to the modern view and the focus moves from the Check it out button to the New link, you hear the name of your document library, followed by “New.”

  2. To move to the list of folders and files, press the Tab key until you hear “Column headers.” To move through the list and select a folder in which to create a subfolder, press the Down Arrow key or the Up Arrow key. To open a selected folder, press Enter.

  3. To move to the menu bar, press Shift+Tab a couple of times until you hear “New. Create a new folder or Office document in this location.” To select the New command, press Enter.

    Tip: If the first item on the menu bar is Open rather than New, this means that an existing folder or file is selected. To move to the selected item, press the Tab key a couple of times. To clear the selection, press Spacebar. To return to the menu bar, press Shift+Tab a couple of times until you hear “New.” The New command is now available. Press Enter.

  4. Press the Down Arrow key. You hear “Folder.” Press Enter.

  5. In the Folder dialog box, type the folder name and press Enter. The new folder is created in the document library. You can start adding files or creating subfolders within it.

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