Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

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Use Microsoft Teams with your keyboard and a screen reader, such as JAWS, to find and reply to alerts and notifications, so you'll never miss a thing.

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Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of

  • replies to your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds, drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear: "<Sender info, notification content and details, the number and position of the selected notification in the list>, more options."

  3. To open the More options menu, press Spacebar. You hear: "Mark as read" or "Mark as unread." To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. To exit the menu, press Esc.

  4. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Filter the Activity feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab. You hear: "Feeds filter button." Press Spacebar. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter, press Tab until you hear: "Remove filter feeds button," and then press Spacebar.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. To move into the list of notifications, press Tab.

  3. Press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  4. Press Tab until you hear you the latest message in the related conversation.

  5. Press the Up arrow key until you hear the message from which you got the notification. JAWS reads the message and its details.

  6. Press Enter, and then press the Down arrow key. You hear: "Reply button."

  7. Press Spacebar. You hear: "Compose a reply, edit, type, and text."

  8. Type your message. To send the reply, press Tab until you hear "Send button," and then press Enter.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, in your email, or in the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams, press Alt+G. The Settings menu opens.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications button," and then press Enter. You hear: "Notifications settings menu."

  3. To navigate in the menu, press Tab.

  4. To expand an options list, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  5. To exit the Notifications settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams, you'll get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create new Teams in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

Use your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in Mac OS screen reader, to find and reply to alerts and notifications in Microsoft Teams, so you'll never miss a thing.

Notes: 

In this topic

Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of or conversations you are following

  • replies to your messages

  • likes your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Option+1. You hear: "Feeds, drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear: "<Sender info, notification content and details, the number and position of the selected notification in the list>, more options, clickable."

  3. To open the More options menu, press Spacebar. You hear: "Mark as read," or "Mark as unread." To move in the More options menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. To exit the menu, press Esc.

  4. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Filter the feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Option+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab. You hear: "Feeds filter button." To select, press Spacebar. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. VoiceOver announces the filters as you move. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter and list all the notifications, in the Activity feed, press Tab until you hear "Remove feeds filter button," and then press Spacebar.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Option+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab until you hear the first notification in the feed. Then press the Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  3. Press Tab until you hear the latest message in the related conversation.

  4. If the latest message is not the message of which you got the notification, press the Up arrow key until you hear the notified message. VoiceOver reads the message and its details as you move. To select the message, press Enter.

  5. To reply to the message, press the Down arrow key until you hear: "Reply, selected, button." Press Spacebar. You hear: "Compose reply, edit text."

  6. Type your message. To send the reply, press Tab until you hear "Send button," and then press Spacebar.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, your email, or the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams, press Option+G. The Settings menu opens.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications" and then press Enter. You hear: "Notifications settings menu."

  3. The Notifications settings dialog opens. To navigate in the menu, press Tab. VoiceOver announces the options as you move.

  4. To expand an option list, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  5. To exit the Notifications settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams, you can switch on email notifications to get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create new Teams in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

Use Microsoft Teams on the web with you keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to find and reply to alerts and notifications, so you'll never miss a thing.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you could get new features faster, visit When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Windows screen reader, Narrator. To learn more about using Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator.

  • This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.

  • When you use Microsoft Teams on the web, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. Because Microsoft Teams on the web runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not Microsoft Teams on the web.

In this topic

Find notifications in the Activity feed

All your notifications appear in your Activity feed, so you'll always be on top of things. You'll get a notification whenever someone:

  • @mentions you

  • @mentions the teams and channels you belong to

  • replies to conversations you're part of

  • replies to your messages

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds, drop-down options."

  2. Press Tab until you hear the first notification in the feed. You hear: "<Sender info, notification content and details, the number and position of the selected notification in the list>, more options."

  3. To open the More options menu, press Spacebar. You hear: "Mark as read" or "Mark as unread." To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. To exit the menu, press Esc.

  4. To move in the list of notifications, press the Up or Down arrow key.

Filter the Activity feed

You can select the notifications that appear in the feed. For example, you can get notifications when someone has replied to your message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. Press Caps Lock+Right arrow key. You hear: "Button." Press Spacebar. The filter menu opens.

  3. To move in the menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter. The feed now lists notifications on the selected item only.

  4. To remove the filter, press Tab until you hear: "Feeds drop-down options." Press Caps Lock+Right arrow key. You hear: "Group." Press Spacebar.

Note: If you choose to not receive notifications about a particular activity, you'll stop getting banner notifications about them, too.

Reply to notifications

When you hear an interesting notification, you can navigate to the action and participate. For example, if a teammate has @mentioned you, go to the message with the @mention in the Conversations tab, see what it's all about, and reply to the message.

  1. To open the Activity feed, press Alt+1. You hear: "Feeds drop-down options."

  2. To move into the list of notifications, press Tab.

  3. Press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the notification you'd like to reply to, and then press Enter. The related conversation is displayed on the Conversations tab.

  4. Press Tab until you hear you the latest message in the related conversation.

  5. Press the Up arrow key until you hear the message from which you got the notification. Narrator reads the message and its details.

  6. Press Enter, and then press the Down arrow key. You hear: "Reply button."

  7. Press Spacebar. You hear: "Compose a reply, editing."

  8. Type your message. To send the reply, press Tab until you hear "Send button," and then press Enter.

Customize the notification settings

You can fine-tune what sort of notifications you receive in the Activity feed, in your email, or in the banners.

  1. Anywhere in Microsoft Teams on the web, press Alt+G. You hear: "Change your status menu item." The Settings menu opens.

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notifications button," and then press Enter. You hear: "Notifications settings menu."

  3. To navigate in the menu, press Tab.

  4. To expand an options list, press Spacebar. To move in the list, press the Up or Down arrow key. To select, press Enter.

  5. To exit the Notifications settings menu, press Esc.

    Note: If you're not signed in to Microsoft Teams on the web, you'll get an email notification on any missed activity.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to create new Teams in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

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