Get started using a screen reader in Outlook 2016

You can efficiently use your email and calendar in Outlook 2016 with a keyboard and a screen reader. Keyboard shortcuts help you move quickly between Outlook views, within Mail and other views, and within Outlook items.

Outlook 2016 works with Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows, and with third-party screen readers such as JAWS. These screen readers convert text to speech to read the contents of Outlook 2016. To turn Narrator on or off, press Windows logo key+Enter. For more information about Narrator, refer to Hear text read aloud with Narrator. For more information about JAWS, refer to the JAWS Screen Reader documentation.

Note: This topic assumes that JAWS users have the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature turned off.

This topic assumes that JAWS users have the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature turned off.

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Start Outlook 2016

To start Outlook 2016, press the Windows logo key, type Outlook 2016, and then press Enter.

Note: To learn what the user interface looks like and how to navigate with the keyboard in Outlook 2016, refer to Accessibility in Outlook 2016.

Work with screen readers

Use the following links to get information about using Outlook 2016

Keyboard shortcuts

Common tasks

Work with Mail

Work with the calendar

Create accessible emails

For tips about ways to make emails more accessible, refer to the article Checklist: Create accessible email.

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or have 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 visit the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find the contact details for your region.

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