Use a screen reader to work with To-Do with Cortana

Use a screen reader to work with To-Do with Cortana

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Use To-Do for Windows 10 with your keyboard and a screen reader to integrate To Do with Cortana. We have tested it with Narrator and JAWS, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. Just add your Outlook or Office 365 account as a connected service to Cortana and use Cortana to add reminders and tasks to your lists in To Do.

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 can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • The Cortana integration is only available in English and in the following regions: Australia, India, UK, and US. If you want to access it from a different region, you can change your language and region settings.

Add an Outlook account in Cortana

  1. To open the Cortana window, press the Windows logo key + T, then press Shift+Tab until you hear "Talk to Cortana," and press Enter.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear: "Home."

  3. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notebook," and press Enter. You hear: "Cortana notebook pane."

  4. Press the Tab key until you hear "Manage Skills," and press Enter.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear "Connected services," and press Enter.

  6. Press the Tab key until you hear the account type you want to add, and press Enter. For a personal Microsoft account, select "Outlook." For an enterprise account, select "Office 365."

  7. Press the Tab key until you hear "Connect," and press Enter. Reminders and lists are now synced across Cortana, To Do, and Outlook.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to enable Live Tile for To-Do in Windows

Use a screen reader to show Planner tasks in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

Use To-Do for iOS with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, to integrate To Do with Cortana. Just add your Outlook or Office 365 account as a connected service to Cortana and use Cortana to add reminders and tasks to your lists in To Do.

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 can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

  • The Cortana integration is only available in English and in the following regions: Australia, India, UK, and US. If you want to access it from a different region, you can change your language and region settings.

Add an Outlook account in Cortana

  1. Open the Cortana app.

  2. Swipe left until you hear "Profile and quick links," and then double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Settings," and double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Manage accounts," and double-tap the screen.

  5. Swipe right until you hear the account type you want to add, and double-tap the screen. For a personal Microsoft account, select "Outlook." For an enterprise account, select "Office 365."

  6. Swipe right until you hear "Next," and double-tap the screen.

  7. Swipe right until you hear "Enter your email address," and double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type your email address. Swipe right until you hear "Next," and double-tap the screen. Swipe right until you hear a password entry field, and double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type your password. Depending on your account type, you may need to take additional authorization steps.

  8. Swipe right until you hear "Agree button," and double-tap the screen to accept the terms of use. Reminders and lists are now synced across Cortana, To Do, and Outlook.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to show Planner tasks in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

Use To-Do for Android with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, to integrate To Do with Cortana. Just add your Outlook or Office 365 account as a connected service to Cortana and use Cortana to add reminders and tasks to your lists in To Do.

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 can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Android screen reader, TalkBack. To learn more about using TalkBack, go to Android accessibility.

  • The Cortana integration is only available in English and in the following regions: Australia, India, UK, and US. If you want to access it from a different region, you can change your language and region settings.

Add an Outlook account in Cortana

  1. Open the Cortana app.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "Profile and quick links," and double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Settings," and double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Manage accounts," and double-tap the screen.

  5. Swipe right until you hear the account type you want to add, and double-tap the screen. For a personal Microsoft account, select "Outlook." For an enterprise account, select "Office 365."

  6. Swipe right until you hear "Next," and double-tap the screen.

  7. Swipe right until you hear "Enter your email address," and double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type your email address. Swipe right until you hear "Next," and double-tap the screen. Swipe right until you hear a password entry field, then double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type your password. Depending on your account type, you may need to take additional authorization steps.

  8. Swipe right until you hear "Agree button," and double-tap the screen to accept the terms of use. Reminders and lists are now synced across Cortana, To Do, and Outlook.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to show Planner tasks in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

Use To-Do for web with your keyboard and a screen reader to integrate To Do with Cortana. We have tested it with Narrator and JAWS, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. Just add your Outlook or Office 365 account as a connected service to Cortana and use Cortana to add reminders and tasks to your lists in To Do.

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 can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • The Cortana integration is only available in English and in the following regions: Australia, India, UK, and US. If you want to access it from a different region, you can change your language and region settings.

  • The instructions in this topic apply when working with To-Do for web on a Windows 10 PC.

  • When you use To-Do for web with Narrator, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser.

Add an Outlook account in Cortana

  1. To open the Cortana window, press the Windows logo key + T, then press Shift+Tab until you hear "Talk to Cortana," and press Enter.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear: "Home."

  3. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Notebook," and press Enter. You hear: "Cortana notebook pane."

  4. Press the Tab key until you hear "Manage Skills," and press Enter.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear "Connected services," and press Enter.

  6. Press the Tab key until you hear the account type you want to add, and press Enter. For a personal Microsoft account, select "Outlook." For an enterprise account, select "Office 365."

  7. Press the Tab key until you hear "Connect," and press Enter. Reminders and lists are now synced across Cortana, To Do, and Outlook.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to show Planner tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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