moderated Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook
Steven Hicks <Steven_HicksSM@...>
Strange as mine won’t read that box but I am running Microsoft Outlook 2016 retail, that could be the difference.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Van Lant, Robin via groups.io
Sent: 03 June 2020 22:02
Subject: Re: [External] cool trick with signatures in Outlook
I can, in fact, edit in the box. For example, I needed to update a small item in the signature I use for this list. I navigated to the box and made the tweak right there. JAWS read everything in that box. To prove my point to myself, I just went there now and created a brand new signature from scratch within the box and it worked just fine. My point was that, because I am often including hyperlinks in my signatures, I prefer to build the original layout in the email, then copy and paste it into the edit box. I can then edit from there.
I am using the February release of JAWS 2020 and Microsoft Outlook Subscription Version 16.0.11929.20776 on my company laptop. I know I have seen this issue several of you are referencing, it’s just not currently an issue for me. I’ll have to go see how this works on my personal laptop running a similar setup.
That's what everyone is saying, Robin. You should be able to edit the signature field while you are in it. You shouldn't need to format the signature in Word, the email body, or somewhere else. The fact that you need to format the signature somewhere else says explicitly that the edit box is inaccessible.
I just tweaked one of my existing signatures without issue. I find it most straight forward to shift tab past the Cancel and OK buttons to the edit field. This is what JAWS tells me when I do that:
So, it’s a bit verbose as it lands in that edit field, which is the first shift tab after the OK button. I typically type and format the signature as I want it in Word or in the email body, then cut and paste it into the edit box.
The list of signatures you have created seems to be the found as a list with one tab from when the dialog opens. There is a lot of clutter between this list and the edit box, which is why shift tabbing works best. H
Now if the Outlook engineers would only make the edit box for creating your signature accessible ... it isn't as far as I can tell.
Or, do you have a trick for that other than getting someone with eyes that work?
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