Use a screen reader to create charts in PowerPoint

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Use PowerPoint 2016 with your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to add a chart in your presentation and to select a chart so you can work with it.


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Add a basic chart

Choose the chart type and style, and then insert your data in the embedded Excel worksheet for the chart to take shape.

  1. In your presentation, place the cursor where you want to add the chart.

  2. Press Alt+N, C. You hear: "Insert chart, selected, All charts tab item."

  3. Press the Tab key. You hear "Chart types," followed by the currently selected chart type.

  4. To select the chart type, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the type you want.

  5. To select the chart style, press the Tab key and then press the Right or Left arrow key until you hear the style you want.

  6. Once you're done with your selections, press Enter. A chart in the selected type and style is added in your presentation.

    An embedded Excel worksheet shows the placeholder data used to make up the chart. The focus is in a cell in the Excel worksheet.

  7. To replace the placeholder values in the worksheet with your own data, press the Tab key, Shift+Tab, or Up or Down arrow keys until you hear the cell you want to edit, and then type your data. Repeat this until you have replaced all placeholder values. PowerPoint 2016 updates the new values automatically in the chart as you type.

  8. To close the worksheet, press Caps Lock+Left or Right arrow button until you hear "Close button," and then press Caps Lock+Enter.

Select a chart

To make changes to an existing chart, you need to select the chart first.

  1. To navigate to the chart you want to modify, do one of the following:

    • When on the slide with the chart, press the Tab key until you hear the chart.

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+5. The focus moves to the first floating shape in your document. To cycle through the floating shapes, press the Tab key. To return to the normal navigation, press Esc.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and edit pictures and tables in PowerPoint

Use a screen reader to add and format text in PowerPoint

Use keyboard shortcuts to create PowerPoint presentations

Basic tasks to create a presentation in PowerPoint with a screen reader

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate PowerPoint using accessible features

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