Accessibility in Office 365

We are committed to making Office 365 applications accessible by design on every device, so that

  • People with disabilities can communicate, consume, and create content on any device.

  • Everyone can easily create content that is accessible.

We continue to make Office applications more usable with the keyboard and for assistive technologies. Your Office 365 subscription includes automatic updates so, you always have the most recent update, plus online storage, and ongoing tech support at no extra cost.

To learn more about accessibility in Office, see Office Accessibility Center.

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Explore the Office 365 portal user interface

The user interface of the Office 365 portal exists within your web browser. At the left edge of the title bar near the top of the screen is the Office 365 app launcher that contains the list of Microsoft services and Office Online applications, including Excel Online, OneDrive, and more. On the right side of the title bar are commands to open notifications, manage settings, get help, and sign out.

Under the title bar is the Office 365 portal web page, which contains links to open one of the Office Online applications. It also contains a link to install Office 2016 applications on your computer.

Accessibility features in Office 365

To help increase accessibility, Office 365 works with screen readers, speech recognition tools, and keyboard shortcuts. When using the Office 365 portal or any of the Office Online applications, you can also use the accessibility features built in to your web browser.

Use Office 365 with screen readers and speech recognition tools

To work with Office 365 applications, users who are blind or have low vision can use the Narrator the screen reader or other third-party screen readers such as JAWS.

  • To turn Narrator on or off on a PC, in Windows, press Windows logo key+Enter.

  • To turn Narrator on or off on a tablet, press Windows logo button+Volume Up.

You can also use WindowsSpeech Recognition or a third-party speech tool to use voice commands to work in Office 365.

Navigate the Office 365 portal with keyboard shortcuts

To navigate to links and controls in the Office 365 portal, use the following keyboard shortcuts.

To do this


Select the next control or hyperlink


Select the previous control or hyperlink


Perform the action for the selected control or hyperlink


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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