Use a screen reader to explore Following and Recent sites list in SharePoint Online

You can use a screen reader to explore the sites you are following and sites you have recently visited in your SharePoint Online. The sites are listed in the Navigation pane, which makes it easy to get to them. You can also use a screen reader to add a Frequent or Suggested site to your Following list.

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Explore the Following Sites list

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

  2. Tab until you hear “Create site, Press Enter to create a new site button,” and then press the Tab key again. You hear the name of the first Following site and “Link” or “Visited link.”

  3. To hear the name of each site and move to the next one:

    • In JAWS, press the Down Arrow key twice.

    • In Narrator, press the Down Arrow key once.

    For each site, you hear the name of the site and “Link.”

  4. To move to the Follow site check box for a site:

    • In JAWS, when you hear the name of the site, press the Down Arrow key. You hear “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box checked.”

    • In Narrator, when you hear the name of the site, press the Right Arrow key. You hear “Checked Follow site, the name of the site, Check box.” To remove the site from your Following list, press Spacebar.

    Notes: The list may not display the names of all the sites you are following. To hear the entire list:

    1. Press the Tab key until you hear “See all links, See all Following sites,” and press Enter. (In Narrator, you hear “Link, See all.”)

    2. Press Enter. The Following pane opens, which displays a Tiles view of the sites you are following.

    3. To enter the grid, press the Tab key until you hear “Following table, Column one, Row one.”

    4. To move through the sites:

      • In JAWS, press the Down Arrow key. You hear the name of the site. To move to the Follow site check box for the site, press the Down Arrow key again. You hear “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box checked.” To move to the next site, press the Down Arrow key.

      • In Narrator, press the Right Arrow key. You hear “No item in view.” To hear the name of a site, press the Down Arrow key. You hear “Checked follow site, the name of the site, Check box.” To move to the next site, press the Right Arrow key.

    5. To return to your SharePoint home page, press Shift+Tab until you hear “Out of table, x/SharePoint visited link” and then press Enter.

Explore the Recent Sites list

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

  2. Tab until you hear “Create site, Press Enter to create a new site,” and then press the Tab key again. You hear the name of the first Following site and “Link” or “Visited link.”

  3. To continue to the Recent list, press the Tab key until you hear the name of the first Recent site listed. (When moving from the Following list to the Recent list, JAWS and Narrator do not read the name of the second list, Recent. They proceed directly to the Recent list items.) You hear the name of the first site and “Link.”

    Tip: If the See all link is available in the Following list, at the end of the Following list, you hear “See all link, See all following sites.” When you hear this, to move to the Recent list, press the Tab key once.

  4. To hear the name of each site and move to the next one:

    • In JAWS, press the Down Arrow key twice.

    • In Narrator, press the Down Arrow key once.

  5. To move to the Follow site check box for a site:

    • In JAWS, when you hear the name of the site and “Link,” press the Down Arrow key. You hear “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box checked” or “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box not checked.”

    • In Narrator, when you hear the name of the site and “Link,” press the Right Arrow key. You hear “Checked Follow site, the name of the site, Check box” or “Unchecked Follow site, the name of the site, Check box.” To add the site to or remove it from your Following list, press Spacebar.

  6. To go to a site, press Enter.

Add a site to or remove a site from the Following sites list

You can quickly add or remove sites from your Following sites list by using the Frequent and Suggested grids on your home page.

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

  2. To move to the Frequent or Suggested grid of tiles, tab until you hear “Frequent table, Column one, Row one” or “Suggested.” (In Narrator, for both the Frequent grid and the Suggested grid, you hear “No item in view.”) The focus is on the first site’s tile.

  3. To move to the site you want to add or remove:

    In JAWS

    1. Press the Down Arrow key until you hear “Follow site, the name of the first site, Check box checked, Follow” or “Follow site, the name of the first site, Check box not checked, Stop following.”

    2. To select or clear the check box, press Spacebar. The site is added to or removed from your Following list in the Navigation pane.

      Tip: You cannot use the Right Arrow key to move from the first site to the others unless you first clear or select the Follow site check box by pressing Spacebar. To move to the next site without changing the value of the Follow site check box (Following or Stop following) for the first site, press Spacebar twice. After you have moved past the first site, to move to other sites without changing the value of a site’s Follow site check box, use the Right Arrow key.

    3. To move to the next list item, press the Right Arrow key.

    4. For each site you want to add or remove, repeat steps a and b.

    In Narrator:

    1. Press the Up Arrow key until you hear “Checked Follow site, the name of the first site, Checkbox” or “Unchecked Follow site, the name of the first site, Checkbox.”

    2. To select or clear the check box, press Spacebar. The site is added to or removed from your Following list in the Navigation pane.

    3. To move to the next site, press the Right Arrow key.

    4. For each site you want to add or remove, repeat steps a and b.

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