Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Word

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Word

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

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Navigate the main view

The Word main view contains the following main elements:

  • The Quick Access Toolbar and title bar, at the top of the screen.

  • The row of ribbon tabs under the Quick Access Toolbar, which contains tabs such as File, Home, Insert, Layout, , Review, and View , as well as the Tell Me search field and the Share button. The ribbon containing the options specific to the currently selected tab is located immediately below the row of ribbon tabs.

  • The main content area is below the ribbon, and contains the document content. There are also optional panes that can be opened to the side of the main content area or below it.

  • The status bar at the bottom of the screen, which contains document statistics such as page count, word count, text language, and zoom level.

To cycle between the main view elements, press the F6 key until you hear "Ribbon tabs," the name of your document, the name of an open pane, or "Status bar," respectively.

To navigate the Quick Access toolbar and title bar, press Alt once. You hear: "Ribbon tabs." Then press Shift+Tab until you hear the option you want, and then press Enter to select it.

To navigate the ribbon tabs, press the Left or Right arrow keys until you hear the name of the tab or control you want and press Enter to select it. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to move between ribbon tabs.

To navigate from the ribbon tabs to the ribbon, press the Tab key once. You hear the name of the first option in the ribbon. To navigate between options on the ribbon, press the Tab key until you hear the option you want and press Enter to select it. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to select options directly.

To navigate the status bar, press the Up or Down arrow keys until you hear the name of the tab or control you want and press Enter to select it.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • The File menu, which contains commands such as New, Open, andSave.

    To open the File menu, press Alt+F. You hear "File, info," and the Info tab is opened. To navigate the File menu, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the menu item you want, and then press Enter to open the tab. To navigate inside the File menu tab, press Tab or Shift+Tab until you hear the option you want.

    To exit the File menu and return to the main view, press Esc.

  • The Options window, which contains Word settings, such as personalization, proofreading settings, and language preferences.

    To open the Options window, press Alt+F, T. You hear: "Word options." To navigate the option categories, press the Down arrow key until you hear the name of the name of the category you want, then press the Tab key to move the focus to the content pane of the window. To navigate inside the content pane, press the Up and Down arrow keys until you hear the option you want and then press Enter to select it.

    To exit the Options window and return to the main view, press the Tab key until you hear "OK," and press Enter. To return to the main view without making changes, press Esc.

  • The Read Mode view, which is designed to make reading text easier and includes tools for reading instead of writing.

    To enable Read Mode, press Alt+W, F. For information on using Read Mode, see Use Read Mode.

    To exit Read Mode, press Esc.

  • The Navigation pane, which lets you quickly move from one part of the document to another. You can move around the document based on headings, pages, or search results.

    To toggle the Navigation pane on or off, press Alt+W, K. For information on using the Navigation Pane, see Use the Navigation Pane.

Explore a document

Tip: To quickly move the focus to the first floating shape such as a text box or an image, press Ctrl+Alt+5. Then, to cycle through the floating shapes, press the Tab key. To return to the normal navigation, press Esc.

Use scan mode

To navigate the text of your document, enable scan mode in your screen reader. With Narrator, press Caps lock+Spacebar.

With scan mode enabled, you can use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate your document and to cycle between paragraphs and other elements. Your screen reader reads any formatting on the text, and then the paragraph itself.

Use Read Mode

Read Mode in Word contains features optimised for reading the text, including Read Aloud.

  • To enable Read Mode, press Alt+W, F.

  • To navigate to the full screen reading menu in Read Mode, press Alt, and then press the Tab key until you hear the name of the menu tab you want, and then press Enter to select it.

  • To use Read Aloud, press Alt+W, R in Read Mode. To access the reading controls, press the Tab key until you hear the option you want, then press Enter to select it.

    Note: For best results, it may be helpful to turn off your screen reader before using Read Aloud.

Use the Navigation pane

You can use the Navigation pane to quickly navigate between headings or search results in a document.

  1. To turn on the Navigation pane, press Alt+W, K.

  2. To move the focus from the main view to the Navigation pane, press the F6 key until you hear: "Navigation."

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To move to a desired heading, use the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the one you want, and then press Enter to return the focus to the document in the main view at the desired point.

    • To use the Search field in the Navigation pane, press the Up arrow key until you hear "Search document," then type your search term, and then press Enter. You hear: "Next result." To cycle between search results, press Enter until you land on the one you want.

Zoom to magnify or shrink what you see

Zoom in to get a close-up view of your document or zoom out to see more of the page at a reduced size.

  1. Press Alt+W, Q. If you're using a screen reader, you hear “Zoom dialog” or “Zoom window.”

  2. Press the Tab key until you reach the Percent spinner, and then type a percentage or use the Up or Down arrow key to change the percentage.

  3. Press the Tab key until you reach the OK button and press Enter.

Use Search

To find an option or perform an action quickly, use the Search text field. To learn more about the Search feature, go to Find what you need with Microsoft Search in Office.

  1. Select the item or place in your document, presentation, or spreadsheet where you want to perform an action. For example, in an Excel spreadsheet, select a range of cells.

  2. To go to the Search text field, press Alt+Q.

  3. Type the search words for the action that you want to perform. For example, if you want to add a bulleted list, type bullets.

  4. Press the Down arrow key to browse through the search results.

  5. Once you've found the result that you want, press Enter to select it and to perform the action.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use a screen reader to insert a picture or image in Word

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word on Windows

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

Use Word 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.

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Navigate the main view

To navigate the main view in Word, press F6 (forward) and Shift+F6 (backward). The focus moves through the following areas in the main view:

  • The document content area

  • Currently selected tab on the ribbon

  • Quick access toolbar

  • Status bar

  • Navigation pane if enabled

Navigate the ribbon tabs

The ribbon tabs are the main menu bar of Word. To reach the ribbon tabs, press F6 until you hear the currently selected tab on the ribbon, for example, "Home, selected, tab." To move between the tabs, use the Left and Right arrow keys. To select a tab, press Spacebar. A tab-specific ribbon appears below it. To learn how to browse the selected ribbon, go to Navigate the ribbon.

Here's a list of the most common tabs and some examples of what you can do on each tab:

  • Home

    Format and align text and numbers.

  • Insert

    Insert tables, pictures, shapes, and charts into your document.

  • Draw

    Use the freehand drawing tools.

  • Design

    Select a theme, adjust paragraph spacing, and add a watermark or pager borders.

  • Layout

    Set the margins, orientation, and size of a page.

  • References

    Add a table of content, footnotes, and cross-references.

  • Mailings

    Create mailing labels or a document that you can send to multiple people straight from Word.

  • Review

    Check the spelling and accessibility of your document, and collaborate with others using comments and notes.

  • View

    Select a view such as Print Layout, set the page zoom level, and access the Learning Tools.

Navigate the ribbon

After navigating to the right ribbon tab as described in Navigate the ribbon tabs, press the Tab key to move to the ribbon and browse its commands and options. Press Shift+Tab to move backwards. Press Spacebar to make a selection or press F6 to leave the ribbon.

Tip: It is often faster to use keyboard shortcuts to access the commands and options on each ribbon. For more information, go to Keyboard shortcuts in Word for Mac.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • When you open Word app, you land on the start page. From the start page, you can create a new document, browse templates, open an existing document, and access your account info.

    To return to the Start menu later, press F6 until you hear "File button" and then press Spacebar. You hear: "Open new and recent files." To navigate in the menu, press the Tab key or the Right or Left arrow key. To make a selection, press Spacebar.

  • The app menu contains additional menus and commands, for example, for editing text and formatting tables. To move the focus to the app menu, press Control+Option+M, and then press the Tab key until you hear the menu you want.

    For example, in the File menu, you can start a new document, open an existing document, save, share, or print the file you're currently working with, and access Word options. To open File menu, press Control+Option+M. Press the Tab key until you hear "File," and then press Spacebar. To navigate the File menu, use the Up and Down arrow keys. To open a submenu, press the Right arrow key. To select, press Spacebar.

    To close the File menu and return to your worksheet, press Esc.

  • In the Word Preferences window, you can access Word settings such as AutoCorrect and ribbon options.

    To open the Word Preferences window, press Command+Comma (,). Press the Tab key to move in the window. To select a setting, press Spacebar. The setting dialog opens. To navigate the setting dialog, press the Tab key or the arrow keys. To make a selection, press Spacebar.

    To close the Word Preferences window and return to your worksheet, press Esc.

Explore a document

When you open a Word document, the focus is on the content area. If you have moved the focus out of the content area, press F6 until you hear "Edit text," followed by the insertion point in the document. There are several ways to navigate inside the content area:

Use keyboard shortcuts

For the full list of navigation shortcuts, go to Keyboard shortcuts in Word for Mac.

When the focus is on the document body, press Control+Option+Shift+Down arrow key to interact with the content:

  • To move to the beginning of a document, press Command+Home or Fn+Command+Left arrow key.

  • To move one word left or right, press Option+Left or Right arrow key.

  • To move one paragraph up or down, press Command+Down or Up arrow key.

  • To move to the previous insertion point, press Shift+F5.

  • To stop interacting with the content, press Control+Option+Shift+Up arrow key.

Use VoiceOver Rotor, Quick Nav, or Item Chooser

You can use the VoiceOver features such as Rotor, Quick Nav, or Item Chooser to navigate directly to an item. For example, you can go directly to a section heading or link.

  • To open the Rotor, press Control+Option+U.

  • To open the Item Chooser, press Control+Option+I.

  • To activate the Quick Nav, press the Left and Right arrow keys at the same time.

For more information on how to use the VoiceOver features, go to VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

Use the navigation pane

You can quickly move between whole pages using the navigation pane, which opens to the left of the document body.

  1. Press F6 until you hear the name of the tab you're on, for example, "Home, selected, tab."

  2. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "View, tab," and then press Control+Option+Spacebar.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Navigation pane, unchecked, checkbox," and then press Control+Option+Spacebar to turn the pane on. You hear: "Side bar, task pane." The focus moves to the navigation pane.

  4. Press the Control+Option+Shift+Up arrow key until you hear: "Out of view, ribbon."

  5. To move the focus to the navigation pane, press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "Sidebar, task pane," and then press Control+Option+Shift+Down arrow key.

  6. Press the Control+Option+Right arrow until you hear "Document thumbnails," and then press Control+Option+Shift+Down arrow key. VoiceOver tells you how many pages there are and which page you're on.

  7. To move between pages, press the Control+Option+Down or Up arrow key until you hear the page you want, and then press Control+Option+Spacebar to navigate to it.

The focus moves to the text of the selected page.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use a screen reader to insert a picture or image in Word

Keyboard shortcuts in Word for Mac

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

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

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Navigate the main view

The Word main view contains the following main elements:

  • The top menu bar which contains options such as Close, Share, and File.

  • Document content area, which appears under the top menu and takes up the majority of the screen.

  • The quick tool bar, which contains document formatting options such as Bold, Underline, and List, It appears at the bottom of the screen when an editable element is selected in the content area.

  • The ribbon menu, which pops up from the bottom of the screen as required and contains several tabs which contain different tools.

To go to the top menu bar from the document content, swipe left until you hear "File". To select a top menu bar option, swipe left and right until you hear the one you want, and then double-tap the screen.

To go to the quick tool bar, select an editable element in the document, then swipe right until you hear the option you want, and then double-tap the screen to select it.

To go to the ribbon menu, navigate to the top menu bar, swipe left until you hear "Show ribbon," and double-tap the screen. You hear the currently selected ribbon menu tab. To change tabs, double-tap the screen, swipe left or right until you hear the name of the tab you want, and then double-tab the screen. To navigate the ribbon menu, swipe left or right until you hear the option you want and double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • The File menu, which contains options such as Save a Copy, Export, and Print.

    To open the File menu, swipe left until you hear "File," and then double-tap the screen. To navigate the menu, swipe left or right until you hear the item you want, then double-tap the screen. To leave the menu, swipe left until you hear "Done," and then double-tap the screen.

  • The Search view, which lets you browse search results in your document.

    To use the Search view, swipe left until you hear "Search," and then double-tap the screen. Type the search word using the on-screen keyboard. To cycle the search results in the document, swipe left until you hear "Next search result" or "Previous search result," and double-tap the screen. To leave the Search view, swipe right until the focus is on the document content, and then double-tap the screen.

Explore a document

To explore the text of a document, swipe right or left until you hear VoiceOver announce the currently open page, followed by "Content." Swipe up or down to change the screen reader navigation mode, such as headings, paragraphs, lines, or words, and swipe right or left to navigate.

Use the VoiceOver rotor to choose how you want to move through a document when you swipe up or down. For example, if you choose Words, your insertion point moves through the document word by word with each swipe.

To scroll through a document, swipe up or down with three fingers. When you lift your fingers from the screen, VoiceOver identifies the page you are on.

Use Page Layout view to increase the amount of text on a page, making it easier to read, edit text, and add comments on your phone's small screen. Swipe left or right until you reach the Page Layout button, and then double-tap the screen.

Special considerations for working with Word for iPhone

Use VoiceOver with an external keyboard

If you use VoiceOver with an external keyboard and you want to use keyboard shortcuts, make sure QuickNav is turned off. On your external keyboard, press the left and right arrow keys together. VoiceOver announces that QuickNav is turned off. Press the arrow keys again to turn QuickNav on.

For keyboard shortcuts, go to Use keyboard shortcuts in Word for iPhone.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use keyboard shortcuts in Word for iPhone

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

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

Notes: 

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Navigate the main view

The Word main view contains the following main elements:

  • The top menu bar which contains options such as Save and close, Undo, and Menu.

  • Document content area, which appears under the top menu and takes up the majority of the screen.

  • The quick tool bar, which contains document formatting options such as Bold, Underline, and List. It appears at the bottom of the screen when an editable element is selected in the content area.

  • The ribbon menu, which pops up from the bottom of the screen as required and contains several tabs which contain different tools.

To go to the top menu bar from the document content, swipe left until you hear "Menu". To select a top bar button, swipe left and right until you hear the name of the one you want, and then double-tap the screen.

To go to the quick tool bar, select an editable element in the document, then swipe right until you hear the option you want, and then double-tap the screen to select it.

To go to the ribbon menu, navigate to the quick tool bar, swipe right until you hear "More options," and double-tap the screen. You hear the currently selected ribbon menu tab. To change tabs, double-tap the screen, then swipe left or right until you hear the name of the tab you want, and then double-tab the screen. To navigate the ribbon menu, swipe left or right until you hear the option you want and double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • The File menu, which contains file commands such as Save a Copy, Export, and Print.

    To open the File menu, swipe left until you hear "File," and then double-tap the screen. To navigate the menu, swipe left or right until you hear the item you want, then double-tap the screen. To leave the menu, swipe left until you hear "Done," and then double-tap the screen.

  • The Find bar, which lets you browse search results in your document.

    To use the Find bar, swipe left until you hear "Find," and then double-tap the screen. Enter the term you want to search for using the on screen keyboard. To cycle the search results in the document, swipe left until you hear "Find previous" or "Find next," and double-tap the screen. To close the Find bar, swipe right you hear "Close Find bar," and then double-tap the screen.

Explore a document

To explore the text of a document, swipe right or left until you hear the screen reader announce the currently open page, then "content". Swipe up or down to change the screen reader navigation mode, such as headings, paragraphs, lines, or words, and swipe right or left to navigate.

Use TalkBack screen reader and touch gestures

Word for Android works with the built-in Android screen reader, TalkBack. When TalkBack is on, you hear a spoken description of whatever you select or activate on your device. This includes commands, locations, lists, and buttons, in addition to the contents of Word screens, menus, and pop-up windows.

Use global and local context menus

As you navigate using TalkBack, two context menus are available to help you find settings and controls. The global context menu contains commands that work anywhere. The local context menu commands depend on the item in focus.

To learn more about the global and local context menu, refer to Use global and local context menus.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use a screen reader to check spelling and grammar in Word

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

Use Word Mobile with Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to explore and navigate the different views and move between them.

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Navigate the main view

The Word main view contains the following main elements:

  • The top menu bar, which contains commands such as Find, Mobile view, and Share.

  • Document content, which appears under the top menu and takes up the majority of the screen.

  • The command palette, which pops up from the bottom of the screen and contains document creation and formatting related commands such as Bold, Underline, and List, separated into various ribbon tabs.

To go to the top menu bar from the document content, swipe right until you hear: "File." To select a top bar button, swipe left and right until you hear the name of the one you want, and then double-tap the screen.

To go to the command palette, swipe right until you hear "Command palette, more options," and double-tap the screen. You hear the currently selected tab. To change tabs, double-tap the screen, swipe left or right until you hear the name of the tab you want, and then double-tap the screen. To navigate the menu, swipe left or right until you hear the option you want and double-tap the screen to select it.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • The Backstage view, which contains file commands such as Open, Save, and Print.

    To open the Backstage view, swipe right until you hear "File," and then double-tap the screen. To navigate the menu, swipe left or right until you hear the item you want, then double-tap the screen. To leave the Backstage view, swipe left until you hear "Go back," and then double-tap the screen.

  • The Find bar, which lets you browse search results in your document.

    To use the Find view, swipe left until you hear "Search," and then double-tap the screen. Enter the term you want to search for using the on-screen keyboard. To cycle the search results in the document, swipe left until you hear "Find next" or "Find previous," and double-tap the screen. To leave the Search view, swipe right until you hear "Close Find bar," and then double-tap the screen.

Explore a document

To explore the text of a document, swipe right or left until you hear the screen reader announce the currently open page, followed by "content." Swipe up or down to change the screen reader navigation mode, such as headings, paragraphs, lines, or words, and swipe right or left to navigate.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use a screen reader to create bulleted or numbered lists with Word

Use keyboard shortcuts with an external keyboard in Word Mobile for Windows 10

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

Use Word Online with your keyboard and a screen reader to explore and navigate the different views and move between them. We have tested it with Narrator, JAWS, and NVDA, 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.

  • Because Word Online runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not Word Online.

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Navigate the main view

Navigate between views

Explore a document

Use Tell Me

Navigate the main view

The Word Online main view contains the following main elements:

  • The title bar, which contains the List of Microsoft services button for launching other applications, and the name and path of the currently open file.

  • The ribbon tabs at the top of the screen, which include the File, Home, Insert, Page Layout, References, Review, View, and Help tabs, as well as the Tell me what you want to do field. The ribbon containing buttons specific to the currently selected tab is located immediately below the row of ribbon tabs.

  • The main content area below the ribbon, which contains the document content.

  • The status bar at the bottom of the screen, which contains document statistics such as page count, word count, text language, and zoom level.

To cycle between the main view elements, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear "List of Microsoft services," the currently selected ribbon tab, "Editing area," or the current page number, respectively.

To navigate the title bar, ribbon tabs or status bar, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear the name of the tab or control you want and press Enter to open it.

To navigate from the ribbon tabs to the ribbon, press Ctrl+Enter. You hear the name of the first button in the ribbon. To navigate between buttons on the ribbon, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear the name of the button you want and press Enter to select it.

Navigate between views

In addition to the main view, Word has the following commonly used views:

  • The File menu, which contains commands such as New, Open, andSave.

    To open the File menu, press Alt+Windows logo key, F. You hear "Close menu," and the File menu is opened, with the focus on the Close Menu button. To navigate the File menu, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear the menu item you want, and then press Enter to open the tab. To navigate inside the File menu tab, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear the option you want.

    To leave the File menu, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Close menu," and then press Enter.

  • The Reading View, which is designed for easier reading of the text.

    In addition, in Reading View, Word Online offers Accessible Mode, which can make reading much easier for people who use a screen reader. In Accessibility Mode, Word Online presents a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the file with tagging in your browser. Your screen reader reads the text and its formatting from the PDF version in the browser.

    To enable Reading View, press Alt+Windows logo key, W, F. To navigate to the Reading View toolbar, press Shift+Tab until you hear the option you want, and press Enter to select it.

    If you are using Narrator in Microsoft Edge, Word Online automatically switches to Accessibility Mode each time you open Reading View. To manually toggle Accessibility Mode on or off, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Accessibility Mode," and press Enter.

    To exit Reading View, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Edit Document," and press Enter. You hear: "Edit in Word." To open the document in Word, press Enter. To return to Word Online, press the Tab key once. You hear: "Edit in browser." Press Enter.

  • The Navigation Pane, which lets you quickly move from one part of the document to another. You can move around the document based on headings, pages, or search results.

    To toggle the Navigation Pane on or off, press Alt+Windows logo key, W, K. For information on using the Navigation Pane, see Use the Navigation Pane.

Explore a document

Use the Navigation Pane

You can use the Navigation Pane to quickly and easily navigate between headings in a document.

  1. To turn on the Navigation Pane, press Alt+Windows logo key, W, K.

  2. To move the focus from the main view to the Navigation Pane, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear: "Close."

  3. To move to a heading, press the Tab key until you hear "Headings," then press Enter. To navigate to the heading, press the Tab key until you hear the one you want, and then press Enter to return the focus to the document in the main view at the desired point.

Zoom a document

  1. To move the focus to the status bar, press Ctrl+F6. You hear the current page.

  2. Tab until you hear the current zoom percentage and “Zoom level,” and then press Enter to open the Zoom to dialog.

  3. When you hear “OK button,” press the Tab key until you hear the currently selected zoom level.

  4. To select a zoom percentage, use the Up and Down arrow keys.

  5. When you hear the percentage you want, press the Tab key until you hear "OK," and then press Enter.

Use Tell Me

To find a command quickly, use Tell Me. To learn more about the Tell Me feature, watch this video: Using Tell Me to get things done quickly with a screen reader and keyboard.

To use Tell Me to find a command, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell or range of cells where you want to perform an action.

  2. Jump to the Tell Me edit field by pressing Alt+Q.

  3. Type the command that you want. For example, type "bullets".

  4. Use the Down Arrow key to browse through the results, press Enter to select one.

See also

Use a screen reader to insert and change text in Word

Use a screen reader to download a document in Word Online

Keyboard shortcuts in Word Online

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities

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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