Use a screen reader to download a document from Word Online to your computer

Using Word Online, you can create, update, and review documents. Word Online automatically saves all your work to the cloud, which is why you won't find a Save button. But, you can also download a document to your computer.

Notes: 

  • Word Online is a web-based application, so the keyboard shortcuts and navigation may be different from those in Word 2016. Learn more about Accessibility features in Word Online.

  • This topic assumes that JAWS users have the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature turned off. When you use Word Online, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your browser.

Use a screen reader to download a document from Word Online to your computer
  1. To move the focus to the ribbon, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear a tab name.

  2. Press Shift+Tab until you hear “File button,” and then press Enter.

  3. Press the Down arrow key until you hear “Save As,” and then press Enter.

  4. In the Save As pane, press the Down arrow key until you hear “Download a copy,” and then press Enter. The Microsoft Word Online dialog box opens.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear “Click here to download your document,” and then press Enter. An Internet Explorer notification bar opens, and you hear, “Do you want to save document?”

  6. To move the focus to the notification bar, press Alt+N. The Save button gets the focus.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • To save the document in a default location, press Enter.

    • To save in a different location, move to Save As and press Enter. In the Save As dialog box, type a file name, choose the folder you want, and then press the Tab key to move to the Save button and press Enter.

  8. To return the focus to the document in Word Online, in the notification bar, press the Tab key to move to the Close button and press Enter. If the focus then moves to a blank tab in your browser, close it by pressing Ctrl+W.

  9. To close the Microsoft Word Online dialog box, press the Tab key to move to the Close button and then press Spacebar.

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