moderated Re: Office 365???

Curtis Chong

Ah yes, I see the huge problem here. Others have commented on the difficulty
of using the Web version. I quite agree. Requiring a blind person to use it
is a real drag on efficiency and productivity. What nonvisual users
absolutely must have on the job is Microsoft 365, the version which runs
under Windows. Then, for a nonvisual user, a screen reader is definitely

Kind regards,

Curtis Chong

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ann Byrne
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: Office 365???

The office 365 screens the student is dealing with require a lot of
tabbing. She had an email with 46 attached training documents. they
were not set up the way Outlook 2016 does them, in a list where you
can copy them one at a time. Instead, each file had three buttons:
Filename, download button, more actions button. Clicking on the
download button took you away from the list, requiring 5 presses of
f6 to get back. then you had to tab past the three buttons for each
item you had already downloaded in order to get to the next one to
download. I tried with JAWS listing buttons, listing links, listing
forms ... Nothing worked. Just a lot of tabs--let's see, 46 times 3,
to be exact. Doable, but only with determination.

At 07:44 PM 8/10/2021, you wrote:

It is impossible to answer this question without more specific information.
Blind people have been using Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Outlook, Excel,
and PowerPoint) for decades. Yes, there are a few bumps in the road, but
there is a veritable plethora of training materials for someone who has
never worked with Office before. Anyone who is seeking to be successful in
job should know Office products well enough to be able to adapt to an
employer's situation. For example, in my last two jobs, I was expected to
proficient with both Outlook and Microsoft Word. I was also expected to be
able to proficiently work with web browsing software (at that time,

If the student has some experience with Office, this should not pose a huge
issue. How is it that in your experience, you think that Microsoft Office


Curtis Chong

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ann Byrne
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 3:56 PM
Subject: Office 365???

My student, starting a new job, is supposed to use office 365. It's
awfully messy!

Any hints on how to work with the stinker would be appreciated.


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