Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate To-Do

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Use To-Do for Windows 10 with your keyboard and a screen reader to explore and navigate the different views and move between them. We have tested it with Narrator and JAWS, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

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Navigate the To-Do main view

The To Do main view has the following elements:

  • The sidebar menu on the left side of the screen, which includes the User Menu and Search your tasks buttons, a list of task lists containing the My Day, Important, Planned, Tasks, and any lists you have created yourself, followed by the New List button.

  • The main content area, which contains the currently selected task list.

To navigate inside the main view, press the Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab (backward). To navigate inside the sidebar menu, press the Up or Down arrow key. Press Enter to select an element.

To access To Do settings, press the Tab key until you hear "User menu button," and then press Enter. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Settings," and then press Enter. To navigate in the Settings view, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. To leave the Settings view, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Go back button," and press Enter.

Navigate in a task list

The main content area in the To Do main view contains the currently selected list of tasks, either a built-in list such as My Day, Important, Planned, or Tasks, or a list you have created yourself. For more information on lists, see Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do.

A task list in the main content area has the following elements:

  • The Rename list and Share list buttons (for user-created lists only).

  • The For today button (for the My Day list only).

  • The Edit list button.

  • List of tasks, each followed by Complete and Mark as important checkboxes.

  • The Add a task button.

To navigate between elements, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. Press Enter to select an element. To navigate between tasks in a task list, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the one you want. To open the detail view for a task, press the Right arrow key. To navigate in the detail view, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. To exit the detail view, press the Tab key until you hear "Dismiss detail view," and press Enter.

For more information about working with tasks, see Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do.

Navigate in a suggestions list

The list of suggested tasks in the For Today pane includes a list of suggested tasks you can add to the My Day list. For more information on suggestions, see Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do.

To navigate in the suggestions lists, press the Up or Down arrow keys until you hear the one you want. Press Enter to open the detail view for the task.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do

Use a screen reader to move tasks between or within lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with multiple accounts in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use To-Do for Mac with your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in Mac OS screen reader, to explore and navigate the different views and move between them.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in macOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, go to VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

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Navigate the To-Do main view

The To Do main view has the following elements:

  • The sidebar menu on the left side of the screen, which includes the Search your tasks field, a list of task lists containing the My Day, Important, Planned, Tasks, and any lists you have created yourself, followed by the New List button.

  • The main content area, which contains the currently selected task list.

To navigate inside the main view, press the Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab. To navigate between task lists, press the Up or Down arrow key. Press Return or Spacebar to select an element.

Navigate in a task list

The main content area in the To Do main view contains the currently selected list of tasks, either a built-in list such as My Day, Important, Planned, or Tasks, or a list you have created yourself. For more information on lists, see Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do.

A task list in the main content area has the following elements:

  • The list name text field and Share list button (for user-created lists only).

  • The Suggestions button (for the My Day list only).

  • The List options button.

  • A table which contains the list of tasks.

  • The Add a task text field for adding a new task.

To navigate between elements, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. Press Return or Spacebar to select an element. To navigate between tasks in a task list, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the one you want. To navigate to the detail view for a task, press the Tab key until you hear the task name followed by "Task title." To navigate in the detail view, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. To exit the detail view, press the Tab key until you hear "Back button," and press Enter.

For more information about working with tasks, see Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do.

Navigate in a suggestions list

The list of suggested tasks in the For Today pane includes a list of suggested tasks you can add to the My Day list. For more information on suggestions, see Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do.

To navigate in the suggestions lists, press the Up or Down arrow keys until you hear the one you want. Press Enter to open the detail view for the task.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do

Use a screen reader to move tasks between or within lists in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use To-Do for iOS with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, to explore and navigate the different views and move between them.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

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Navigate the My Day view

When you open To Do for the first time, the My Day view is displayed. To navigate between elements in the My Day view, swipe right or left until you hear the element you want, and then double-tap the screen to select it.

To access To Do settings, swipe left until you hear your name, followed by "Opens your account settings," then double-tap the screen. To exit the Settings view, swipe left or right until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen.

Navigate the suggestions view

To go to the suggestions view, in the My Day view, swipe left or right until you hear "Access suggested tasks via suggestions," and then double-tap the screen. To move in the list of suggestions, swipe left or right. VoiceOver announces the status of each item on the list. To exit the suggestions view, swipe left until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen. For more info on what you can do with suggestions, refer to Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do.

Navigate the sidebar view

To navigate to the sidebar view, in the My Day or task list view, swipe left until you hear "Sidebar," and then double-tap the screen. A menu displaying all your task lists opens. To move in the menu, swipe left or right. To select a list, double-tap the screen. To add a new list, swipe right until you hear "New list," and then double-tap the screen. To learn more about lists, refer to Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do.

Navigate the task list view

To navigate to the task list view, in the sidebar view, swipe left or right until you hear the name of the task list you want to edit and then double-tap the screen.

To move through the tasks in the task list, swipe left or right. VoiceOver announces the tasks and their statuses. To open the detail view of a task, double-tap the screen. To navigate the detail view, swipe left or right until you hear what you want, then double-tap the screen. To exit the detail view, swipe left until you hear "Dismiss detail view," and double-tap the screen. To learn more about tasks, refer to Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do

Use a screen reader to move tasks between or within lists in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use To-Do for Android with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, to explore and navigate the different views and move between them.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Android screen reader, TalkBack. To learn more about using TalkBack, go to Android accessibility.

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Navigate the My Day view

When you open To Do for the first time, the My Day view is displayed. To navigate between elements in the My Day view, swipe right or left until you hear the element you want, and then double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate the suggestions view

To go to the suggestions view, swipe left or right until you hear "For today," and then double-tap the screen. You hear: "Suggestions." To move in the list of suggestions, swipe left or right. TalkBack announces the status of each item on the list. For more info on what you can do with suggestions, refer to Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do.

Navigate the sidebar view

To navigate to the sidebar view, in the My Day or task list view, swipe left until you hear "Sidebar," and then double-tap the screen. A menu displaying all your task lists opens. To move in the menu, swipe left or right. To select a list, double-tap the screen. To add a new list, swipe right until you hear "New list" and then double-tap the screen. To learn more about lists, refer to Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do.

To access To Do settings, swipe right in the sidebar until you hear the currently selected user account, then double-tap the screen. You hear: "Manage accounts and go to settings." Swipe right until you hear "Settings," and double-tap the screen. To exit the Settings view, swipe left or right until you hear "Navigate up," and double-tap the screen.

Navigate the task list view

To navigate to the task list view, in the sidebar view, swipe left or right until you hear the list you want to edit and then double-tap the screen.

To move through the tasks in the task list, swipe left or right. TalkBack announces the tasks and their statuses. To open the detail view of a task, double-tap the screen. To navigate the detail view, swipe left or right. To exit the detail view, swipe left until you hear "Dismiss detail view, and double-tap the screen."To learn more about tasks, refer to Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do

Use a screen reader to move tasks between or within lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with multiple accounts in To-Do

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use To-Do for web with your keyboard and a screen reader to explore and navigate the different views and move between them. We have tested it with Narrator and JAWS, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • When you use To-Do for web with Narrator, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser.

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Navigate the My Day view

When you open To Do for the first time, the My Day view is displayed to the right of the sidebar. It displays your to-do items, or tasks, for the day. To navigate between elements in the sidebar and elements in the My Day view, press the Tab key (forward) or Shift+Tab (backward). Your screen reader announces the items on the list and their statuses. To open the detail view of a task, press Spacebar or Enter.

If you have, for example, tasks that are due today or left over from yesterday, a suggestions notification bubble is displayed on top of the My Day view. To check the tasks, press the Tab key until you hear "Review," and then press Enter.

To access To Do settings, press the Tab key until you hear "Settings button," and then press Enter. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "To-Do settings," and then press Enter. To navigate in the Settings view, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. To leave the Settings view, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Close button," and press Enter.

Navigate the suggestions view

To go to the suggestions view, in the My Day view, press the Tab key until you hear "For today," and then press Enter. To move in the list of suggestions, press the Tab key. Your screen reader announces the status of each item on the list. For more info on what you can do with suggestions, refer to Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do.

Navigate the task list view

To navigate to the task list view, press the Tab key until you hear the name of the task list you want to edit, and then press Enter.

To navigate through the list, press the Tab key. Your screen reader announces the items on the list and their statuses. To open the Details view of a task, press Spacebar or Enter. To learn more about tasks, refer to Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do.

Navigate the detail view

To open the detail view of a task, in the task list view or in the My Day view, press Enter while on a task. The view opens on the right side of the screen. In this view, you can, for example, set reminders or write notes to a task. To move between the fields in the view, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab. To close the detail view, press the Tab key until you hear "Hide detail view," and then press Enter.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with lists in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with tasks in To-Do

Use a screen reader to work with suggestions in To-Do

Use a screen reader to move tasks between or within lists in To-Do

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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