Accessibility features in SharePoint Online

Sites that you create in SharePoint Online include accessibility features that make it easier for people with disabilities to use them.

This article offers links to information about how to do basic tasks in SharePoint Online with a screen reader. It also contains links to articles about how to create sites in SharePoint Online that are more accessible for people with disabilities.

Note: When you use SharePoint Online, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your browser. Learn more about Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts.

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Work with keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online runs in your browser, and you can use the browser's keyboard shortcuts. For example, to move forward through the links and other elements on any web page, including pages created using SharePoint Online, press the Tab key, or to move back, press Shift+Tab.

In addition, SharePoint Online has its own keyboard shortcuts. When you are working in SharePoint Online, just press the question mark (?) at any time to open a list of the shortcuts in a separate window. You can also go to Keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Online.

Find navigation options in SharePoint Online

Many pages created using SharePoint Online include four hidden links in the upper-left corner of the page. To access these links, place your cursor in the browser address bar (or press F6) and press the Tab key until you see the tooltips for each link or you hear the audible feedback (the name of the link) from your screen reader:

Tip: In SharePoint Online experiences, such as in Office 365, accessibility features are built-in.

  • Turn on More Accessible Mode. We don't think you'll need this option any more. While this mode will continue to be available, read on to learn why you might want to skip over it for the SharePoint Online experience.

    Today, accessibility is built-in to our core features like document libraries, lists and pages.

    You'll find friendly keyboard navigation, much better support for screen readers, and more keytips. You can also open a list of keyboard shortcuts just by pressing ? (the question mark).

  • Skip ribbon commands. To go to the first link in the navigation pane for the page, press Enter.

  • Skip to main content. To go to the main content on the page, press Enter.

  • Turn off animations. To turn animations on or off in any videos or graphics on the page, press Enter.

Create accessible sites in SharePoint Online

To learn how to create accessible sites in SharePoint Online, refer to:

Find more help for working with SharePoint Online

To find a complete list of the help and support articles available for people with disabilities, go to Accessibility support for SharePoint Online.

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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