Keyboard shortcuts in Skype for Business for Android

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Skype for Business for Android helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen. This topic lists the keyboard shortcuts available for Skype for Business for Android.

Notes: 

  • The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

  • If a shortcut requires pressing two or more keys at the same time, this topic separates the keys with a plus sign (+). If you have to press one key immediately after another, the keys are separated by a comma (,).

  • The keyboard shortcuts and navigation in the Skype for Business for Android app might differ from those in Skype for Business Online, which you use in your device’s web browser.

  • To navigate and enter commands in Skype for Business for Android, you can use gestures, dictation, or an external keyboard. For help working with accessibility features, go to Get started using TalkBack with Skype for Business for Android.

In this topic

Frequently used shortcuts

Here are the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts in Skype for Business for Android. Use these shortcuts to navigate with only the keyboard.

To do this

Press

Move among regions or individual controls on a screen, in a list, or on a contact card

The Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab (reverse)

Move between items on a menu or in a side pane

The Up Arrow key or the Down Arrow key

Move within lists, like contacts, from one item to another

The arrow keys

Select an item

Enter

Exit a menu or mode

Esc or back

Activate and use the TalkBack screen reader

Skype for Business for Android works with the built-in screen reader TalkBack. When Android TalkBack is on, you hear a spoken description of whatever you touch, select, or activate on your device. This includes commands, locations, alt text, and the contents of Skype for Business screens and menus.

Turn TalkBack on

  1. On the home screen of your mobile device, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Accessibility.

  3. Tap TalkBack.

  4. Tap the slider to the On position.

  5. Tap OK.

Navigate with TalkBack by using gestures

When TalkBack is on, to find commands, locations, and content, slide your finger along the screen. To select or activate a command or other screen element, double-tap. To scroll up, down, left, or right, use two fingers to swipe in that direction.

Turn TalkBack off

  1. To return to the home screen, tap and then double-tap the Android Home button.

  2. On the home screen, move the focus to the Settings button and double-tap.

  3. Move down the screen to the System area until you hear “Accessibility,” and double-tap.

  4. On the Accessibility screen, move the focus to TalkBack, which is usually the first command. You hear “TalkBack, On.” Double-tap.

  5. Move to the On switch, and tap. You hear “Alert, Stop TalkBack.”

  6. Move to the OK button, and tap.

To learn more and to get an orientation to the Skype for Business for Android user interface, using gestures, using additional keyboard shortcuts with TalkBack, and setting TalkBack preferences, refer to Get started using TalkBack with Skype for Business for Android. For details about working with TalkBack, including TalkBack keyboard shortcuts, go to Get started on Android with TalkBack.

Navigate on the main screen

To do this

Press

Open the Meetings or Contacts screen from the main screen

To move the focus to the View meeting list, press the Tab key or one of the arrow keys and then press Enter.

Open the Contacts screen from the main screen

The Tab key until the focus is on the View meeting list button, press the Right Arrow key until the focus is on the View contacts and contact management screen button, and then press Enter.

Open a recent conversation from the main screen

To move the focus to the name of the contact and conversation under the Recent conversations section, press the Down Arrow key or the Up Arrow key and then press Enter.

Work with contacts

To do this

Press

Search for a person in the company directory on the main screen

To move the focus to the Search in the company directory box, press the Tab key or one of the arrow keys and then press Enter. On the Search People screen, to move the focus to the Search people box, press the Tab key. Type the name of the person you’re looking for. To select the person, press the Down Arrow key until you hear the name of the person. To open the person’s contact card, press Enter.

Open a contact card from the Contacts screen

To move the focus to the contact, press the Tab key or one of the arrow keys and then press Enter.

Give commands during a call or chat session

To do this

Press

Make a video or audio call or start a chat session from a contact card

To move the focus to the Video call, Audio call, or Chat button, press the Tab key and then press Enter.

Place an ongoing audio conversation on hold

To move the focus to the More options button, press the Tab key and then press Enter. With the focus on the Hold command, press Enter.

Resume an audio conversation that’s on hold

To move the focus to the Resume button, press the Tab key and then press Enter.

Start or stop video in a call or meeting

Ctrl+Shift+Enter

End an audio or video call

To move the focus to the End call command, press the Tab key and then press Enter.

Close screens and Skype for Business for Android

To do this

Press

Close a contact card or other screen and open the previous screen

Esc or the Back key

Switch from Skype for Business to the Android home screen

Esc

Sign out of Skype for Business for Android from the main screen

To move the focus to the View profile settings menu button, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab and then press Enter. To move the focus to the Sign out command, press the Tab key and then press Enter.

Learn more

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 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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