[nabs-l] Question about Excel

Steve Jacobson steve.jacobson at visi.com
Tue Apr 4 12:37:48 UTC 2017


Sami,

Generally speaking, you navigate a spreadsheet with the arrow keys.
However, instead of moving by characters as you do in a word processor, you
move cell by cell.  Each press of the arrow key should give you the contents
of the cell and also the coordinates, that is, the column and row.  The
column is indicated by a letter and a row is indicated by a number.  The top
left of a spreadsheet is indicated by A1.  It is possible to change this,
though.  CONTROL HOME goes to the upper left and HOME to the beginning of
the row.  The END key has another use, though.  The END key is usually the
first of a two key sequence to move to different parts of the spreadsheet.
There are other ways to move as well.

There is some formatting on spreadsheets that can make navigating them less
predictable.  Someone else can set up their spreadsheet to hide certain
columns and rows, merge some together, and have a cell in one row "span"
multiple columns.  You might try creating your own spreadsheet first to get
the hang of all this.

If this helps, some of us might be able to suggest documents that can help
you get started with Excel.  There is even some on the Microsoft
Accessibility web page that could be useful.  Is it this kind of basic
information you need?

Best regards,

Steve Jacobson



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Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about Excel

Hi Jessica and all,

For info, I'm using JAWS 17 with Windows 7 64 bits.

Thanks once again,

Sami

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From: Jessica Dail via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
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Date sent: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:10:52 -0400
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about Excel

Hi,
I have a few questions for you, that may help us answer your 
question.
1.  What screen-reader are you using?
2.  What operating system are you using?
3.  Have you tried Google sheets?

Thanks,
Jessica

 On Apr 3, 2017, at 10:58 PM, Sami Osborne via NABS-L 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:

 Hi Rex,

 Thanks for your help, but that wasn't exactly my question.  I 
have no problems opening the Excel spreadsheet.  The only thing 
I'm asking is how to navigate it and actually view its contents.

 Thanks again,

 Sami

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: Rex Schuttler <rexschuttler at gmail.com 
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 Date sent: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:30:28 -0500
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 Hello,

 My first question is how did she send it to you.  Was it in a 
attachment with the email? If it was sent as an attachment.  You 
need to save it to your computer.  Then go into your downloads 
folder and find the file.  Then head your application key it will 
bring up a drop-down box.  Up arrow to the properties tab and hit 
enter on that.  Then tab threw it into you hear something that 
says on block checked any need to on check that.  Then it should 
open up the file to view.  And then once you do that tab over to 
apply hit and then tap to you OK and hit .  Then it should be 
able to open up and you should be able to view it that way.  
That's the way I think could fix it.  I hope this works for you.  
And if you have any questions please feel free to ask for me 
directly in the email thread.  Rex Schuttler
 Second vice President of the national Federation of the blind of 
Oklahoma
 President of the Central chapter of the national Federation of 
the blind of Oklahoma
 cell phone number
 918-955-6761

 On Apr 3, 2017, at 8:36 PM, Sami Osborne via NABS-L 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org <mailto:nabs-l at nfbnet.org>> wrote:

 Hi all,

 My English professor sent my class an email with an Excel 
spreadsheet, detailing the times/dates that we all have to meet 
with her for our essays.  I have almost zero  experience with 
Excel, and when I opened the spreadsheet last night, I tried to 
navigate it, but I wasn't able to view the actual contents - the 
only thing I saw were the different columns and rows such as 
"A1," "A2," etc.  How do you actually view the contents of each 
columns and rows? Every command (tab key, arrows, and enter key) 
don't seem to work.  I believe the way my professor has it 
arranged is that the name of each student in the class plus their 
assigned meeting timeslot are in separate columns/rows.

 I hope you guys can help me with this, because it's really 
necessary that I meet with my professor; this meeting is part of 
our grade for the essay.

 Thanks and have a good night,

 Sami

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