Use a screen reader to insert a table in Outlook

Use a screen reader to insert a table in Outlook

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Create and edit a table in your email message in Outlook Mail using Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader.

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

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Convert text to a table

If you have a block of text that uses consistent separators, it is easy to convert it to a table.

  1. While writing a message, select the piece of text you want to convert to a table.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Insert, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Table button," and then double-tap the screen.

    The table is created and the focus returns to the message with the table selected. You hear the table properties.

Insert a table

When you insert a blank table in an email, Outlook adds a basic grid-type table with three rows and three columns. You can later add more columns and rows if needed.

Note: To make a table as accessible as possible, it's important to give the table a header row.

  1. While writing a message, place the cursor where you want to insert the new table.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Insert, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Table button," and then double-tap the screen.

    The table is created and the focus returns to the message with the table selected. You hear the table properties.

Use built-in table styles

After creating a table, you can quickly modify its appearance by using the built-in styles in Outlook.

  1. Place the cursor anywhere in the table.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Table, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Table styles, and then double-tap the screen.

  5. In the Table Styles menu, swipe right until you hear the table style you want, and then double-tap the screen.

    The selected style is applied to your table and the focus returns to the table.

Delete a table

  1. While writing a message, place the cursor anywhere in the table you want to delete.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Table, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. You hear: "Delete, button collapsed." The focus is on the Delete button. Double-tap the screen to select.

  5. To delete the entire table, swipe right until you hear "Delete table button," and then double-tap the screen.

    The table is deleted, and the focus returns to the message.

Modify table properties

You can modify table alignment, give your table a title and a description to make it accessible, change table style options, and more.

  1. While writing a message, place the cursor anywhere in the table.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Table, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. In the Table menu, swipe right until you hear the option you want, and then double-tap the screen to select.

    • To adjust the table alignment, select Alignment. In the Alignment menu, swipe right until you hear the option you want, and then double-tap the screen.

    • To add alternative text title and description, select Alt text. In the dialog, type the table title, swipe right, and then double-tap the screen. Type the table description. Drag one finger up on the screen until you hear "Done button," and then double-tap the screen.

    • To modify the table style options, select Style Options. In the Style Options menu, swipe right until you hear the style option and then double-tap the screen.

Add columns or rows to a table

  1. While writing a message, move the cursor in the table to the point where you want to add a column or row to.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "More options, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Table, button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Insert button collapsed," and then double-tap the screen.

  5. In the Insert menu, swipe right until you hear the option you want, and then double-tap the screen.

    The column or row is added in the table. The focus moves to the added row or column in the table.

See also

Use a screen reader to format text in your email in Outlook

Use a screen reader to insert a picture or image in Outlook

Basic tasks using a screen reader with email in Outlook

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Outlook Mail

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