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Use a screen reader to add and use a Wiki in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to add and use a Wiki in Microsoft Teams

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Use Microsoft Teams with your keyboard and a screen reader, such as JAWS or NVDA, to create Wiki tabs for a channel and write content for them.

A Wiki tab is a smart text editor that you can also use for communicating with your teammates. You can draft and edit content like in OneNote, but you can also start a chat around a specific part of the content and tag your colleagues inline, all in one place.

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.

  • For keyboard shortcuts, go to Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams.

  • This topic assumes that you are using JAWS. To learn about JAWS for Windows, refer to JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide.

  • This topic makes note of the NVDA functionality as well. To learn more about NVDA, go to NV Access | Get Help.

  • This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.

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Create a new Wiki tab

Every channel comes with a Wiki tab, but you can also add new Wiki tabs as needed.

  1. In the channel you want to add the Wiki tab to, press the Tab key until you hear "Add a tab," and press Enter. The Add a tab dialog opens.

  2. In the Add a tab dialog, press the Tab key until you hear "Document library."

  3. Press the Right arrow key until you hear "Wiki," and press Enter.

  4. Type a name for the new Wiki tab.

  5. Press the Tab key once. You hear: "Post to the channel about this tab." By default, this setting is enabled. To disable it, press Spacebar.

  6. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save," and then press Enter.

Write content for your Wiki tab

Each Wiki tab can contain multiple documents, called pages, and every page is made up of multiple sections. Sections can contain text, images, and tables.

  1. In a Wiki tab, to create a new page, press the Tab key until you hear "Expand Wiki menu," and then press Enter.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear "New page," and press Enter. The focus moves to the title of the newly created page.

  3. Type a name for the new page and then press Enter. The focus moves to the title of the first section in the page.

  4. Type a name for the first section and then press Enter. The focus moves to the content area of the section.

  5. Type your text for the section. You can format the text as well:

    • To bold text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+B.

    • To italicize text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+I.

    • To underline text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+U.

    • To add a link to your text, select the text you want to turn into a link and press Ctrl+K. The Add a link dialog opens and the focus moves to the Address field. Type the name of an existing file or web address and press Enter.

  6. To add new section above or below the previously added section, press Esc and then press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear: "Add a new section here."

Link to a section

You can easily direct your teammates to a section in a Wiki tab by copying a direct link to it and sharing it with them.

  1. Navigate to the section in the Wiki tab that you want to link to.

  2. Press Enter to move the focus to the section title, then press Enter again.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "More options," and then press Spacebar.

  4. You hear: "Get link." Press Enter to open the Copy a link dialog.

  5. Press Ctrl+C to copy a link to the section, which you can share with your teammates in a chat or team channel.

Chat from a Wiki tab

  1. Navigate to the section in the Wiki tab that you want to start a conversation about.

  2. Press Enter to move the focus to the section title, then press Enter again.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Show section conversation," and then press Enter.

  4. To start a section conversation, press Esc and then press the Tab key until you hear: "Start conversation." Press Enter. The focus moves to the message compose box in the conversation.

  5. Type your message into the message compose box, and press Enter to send it. You can format text and add attachments like in a regular message compose box. For instructions, go to Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams.

Tip: In addition to chatting, you can also @mention teammates in a Wiki section and they will receive a notification in their Activity feed. Selecting the notification takes them directly to the section that needs their attention.

Work with your personal Wiki

In addition to the Wiki tabs for each team, Microsoft Teams also contains a personal Wiki tab where you can easily add notes and other content. Unlike team Wiki tabs, which can be accessed by all team members, your personal Wiki tab is only available to you.

Access your personal Wiki tab

  1. Press Ctrl+F6 until you hear: "App bar."

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "More apps," and press Enter.

  3. You hear "Installed apps," and the name of the first installed app. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Installed apps, Wiki," and then press Enter to open the Personal tab.

Add a note to your personal Wiki tab

  1. To go to the Search field, press Ctrl+E.

  2. Type /wiki and press Enter.

  3. Type your note. When you are finished, press Enter to add the note to your Personal tab.

See also

Use a screen reader to create and follow a channel in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

Use Microsoft Teams on the web with your keyboard and a screen reader, such as JAWS or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to create Wiki tabs for a channel and write content for them.

A Wiki tab is a smart text editor that you can also use for communicating with your teammates. You can draft and edit content like in OneNote, but you can also start a chat around a specific part of the content and tag your colleagues inline, all in one place.

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.

  • For keyboard shortcuts, go to Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Windows screen reader, Narrator. To learn more about using Narrator, go to Complete guide to Narrator.

  • This topic makes note of the JAWS functionality as well. To learn more about JAWS for Windows, go to JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide.

  • This topic makes note of the NVDA functionality as well. To learn more about NVDA, go to NV Access | Get Help.

  • When you use Microsoft Teams on the web, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser and Narrator as your screen reader. Because Microsoft Teams on the web 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 Microsoft Teams on the web.

    If you use Chrome or Firefox as your web browser, we recommend that you use JAWS or NVDA as your screen reader.

In this topic

Create a new Wiki tab

Every channel comes with a Wiki tab, but you can also add new Wiki tabs as needed.

  1. In the channel you want to add the Wiki tab to, press the Tab key until you hear "Add a tab," and press Enter. The Add a tab dialog opens.

  2. In the Add a tab dialog, press the Tab key until you hear "Document library."

  3. Press the Right arrow key until you hear "Wiki," and press Enter.

  4. Type a name for the new Wiki tab.

  5. Press the Tab key once. You hear: "Post to the channel about this tab." By default, this setting is enabled. To disable it, press Spacebar.

  6. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save," and then press Enter.

Write content for your Wiki tab

Each Wiki tab can contain multiple documents, called pages, and every page is made up of multiple sections. Sections can contain text, images, and tables.

  1. In a Wiki tab, to create a new page, press the Tab key until you hear "Expand Wiki menu," and then press Enter.

  2. Press the Tab key until you hear "New page," and press Enter. The focus moves to the title of the newly created page.

  3. Type a name for the new page and then press Enter. The focus moves to the title of the first section in the page.

  4. Type a name for the first section and then press Enter. The focus moves to the content area of the section.

  5. Type your text for the section. You can format the text as well:

    • To bold text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+B.

    • To italicize text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+I.

    • To underline text, select the piece of text and press Ctrl+U.

    • To add a link to your text, select the text you want to turn into a link and press Ctrl+K. The Add a link dialog opens and the focus moves to the Address field. Type the name of an existing file or web address and press Enter.

  6. To add new section above or below the previously added section, press Esc and then press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear: "Add a new section here."

Link to a section

You can easily direct your teammates to a section in a Wiki tab by copying a direct link to it and sharing it with them.

  1. Navigate to the section in the Wiki tab that you want to link to.

  2. Press Enter to move the focus to the section title.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "More options," and then press Enter.

  4. You hear: "Get link." Press Enter to open the Copy a link dialog.

  5. Press Ctrl+C to copy a link to the section, which you can share with your teammates in a chat or team channel.

Chat from a Wiki tab

  1. Navigate to the section in the Wiki tab that you want to start a conversation about.

  2. Press Enter to move the focus to the section title.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Show section conversation," and then press Enter.

  4. To start a section conversation, press Esc and then press the Tab key until you hear: "Start conversation." Press Enter. The focus moves to the message compose box in the conversation.

  5. Type your message into the message compose box, and press Enter to send it. You can format text and add attachments like in a regular message compose box. For instructions, go to Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams.

Tip: In addition to chatting, you can also @mention teammates in a Wiki section and they will receive a notification in their Activity feed. Selecting the notification takes them directly to the section that needs their attention.

Work with your personal Wiki

In addition to the Wiki tabs for each team, Microsoft Teams also contains a personal Wiki tab where you can easily add notes and other content. Unlike team Wiki tabs, which can be accessed by all team members, your personal Wiki tab is only available to you.

Access your personal Wiki tab

  1. Press Ctrl+F6 until you hear: "App bar."

  2. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "More apps," and press Enter.

  3. You hear "Installed apps," and the name of the first installed app. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Installed apps, Wiki," and then press Enter to open the Personal tab.

Add a note to your personal Wiki tab

  1. To go to the Search field, press Ctrl+E.

  2. Type /wiki and press Enter.

  3. Type your note. When you are finished, press Enter to add the note to your Personal tab.

See also

Use a screen reader to create and follow a channel in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to chat in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams

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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