Use a screen reader to search for sites in SharePoint Online

You can use a screen reader in SharePoint Online to search your organization’s SharePoint site for the subsites relevant to your projects. By using the Search feature, you can find the sites you need fast, right from your home page.

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Search for online sites

  1. Sign in to your organization’s Office 365 account, and start the SharePoint app.

  2. Tab until you hear “Leaving menus, Region Search box.” (In Narrator, you hear “Search box, Press Enter to submit.”)

  3. To find a site, do one of the following:

    To search a list of frequent sites:

    1. Press the Down Arrow key. You hear “Sites list view” and the full name of the first site. (In Narrator, you hear the name of the first tile, the full name of the first site, and “One of x.”)

    2. To explore the list, use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys.

    3. To go to a site, press Enter.

    To find a site with a name that you know:

    1. Type the name of the site, and press the Down Arrow key.

    2. When you hear “Sites list view” and the name of the site, press Enter. (In Narrator, you hear the name of the site’s tile, the full name of the site, and “One of x.”)

    To find a site with just a keyword:

    1. Type a keyword in the name of the site, and press the Down Arrow key. For example, if you type marketing and press Enter, the list of search results may include Marketing Documents, Marketing Campaigns, and Sales and Marketing.

    2. When you hear “Sites list view” and the name of the first site, to move through the list, use the Down Arrow and Up Arrow keys. (In Narrator, you hear the name of the first site’s tile, the full name of the first site, and “One of x.”)

      Tip: In some searches, a See more results link is available at the end of the search results list. To open an expanded list of results, when you hear “See more results link,” press Enter twice. (In NarrNarratorator, press Enter once.) A new pane opens with an expanded list of sites, and you hear “Site results.” To explore the list, use the Down Arrow and Up Arrow keys. To see more sites, press the Down Arrow key until you hear “See all sites that match your search link” and press Enter.

    3. When you hear the name of the site you’re looking for, press Enter.

Notes: You can also find a site by browsing the Frequent sites and Suggested sites lists on your home page.

  • In JAWS:

    1. Tab until you hear “Frequent table, Column one, Row one.”

    2. To browse the site tiles:

      • Press the Down Arrow key until you hear “Follow site, the name of the first site, Check box checked” or “Follow site, the name of the first site, Check box not checked.”

      • Press Spacebar twice. This activates the Right Arrow key, which enables you to browse the other sites.

      • To move to the next site, press the Right Arrow key.

    3. To follow or stop following a site, when you hear the name of the site, press the Up Arrow key. You hear “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box checked” or “Follow site, the name of the site, Check box not checked.” To select or clear the check box, press Spacebar.

    4. To hear details about the site, such as who modified the site, press the Down Arrow key.

  • In Narrator:

    1. Tab until you hear “No item in view.”

    2. To browse the site tiles, use the Right Arrow key.

    3. To hear the name of a site or to follow or stop following a site, when you hear “No item in view,” press the Up Arrow key. You hear “Checked Follow site, Check box” or “Unchecked Follow site, Check box” and the name of the site. To select or clear the check box, press Spacebar.

    4. To hear details about the site, such as who modified the site, press the Down Arrow key.

Technical support for customers with difficulties

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.

More information

Use a screen reader to explore Following and Recent sites list in SharePoint Online

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