moderated Re: editing inside excel cell

Ben Moxey

Hi everyone

I do think the individual sheet is the problem. I too have no issues doing
as described with JAWS and direct editing in cells turned on. However, the
situation Morey described is a well-known issue experienced by JAWS and NVDA
users with some spread sheets, and disabling the ability to edit directly in
cells is a well-known fix. It does not cause any problem. In fact, the
editing experience is exactly the same for a screen reader user.

Morey, I'm surprised this didn't work. Can you go back into the advanced
options and double-check that "Allow editing directly in cells" is unticked?
Then, close Excel and re-open your spread sheet. Also, ensure the window is
maximise with Windows + up arrow.

If you're still having no luck, I like Richard's idea of contacting
Microsoft's accessibility support desk.

Cheers and good luck!


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Sunday, 12 September 2021 2:21 AM
Subject: Re: editing inside excel cell

Hi Alan,
Our posts have crossed but you will see that I don't think it is a Jaws
version. I can edit a cell with multiple email addresses quite easily and
I'm running Jaws 2021, latest update, etc. I'm using the Microsoft 365
version of Excel but that shouldn't matter.
I never uncheck the allow editing in cells, otherwise you have a mess in my

I use Tom Enhanced from Vocalizer, but will be surprised if it is a
synthesizer issue.

It could be this is a monster huge excel file and the computer is slowing
down, who knows....

This is one that if it continues, asking on the office list might get a good
answer, but having Microsoft accessibility log into the machine and see
exactly what is happening might be the next best thing. 800-936-5900


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: editing inside excel cell


I've read through the posts on this thread but haven't been following it
closely. I'll first say that I'm using Fusion 2020 and Excel 2019 and the
latest version of Windows 10 Home. And I've not disabled in-cell editing
which others have suggested. I'll also suggest that you subscribe to the list by sending a blank email to I think you might get better
assistance from that list.

I expect that Chris might be right that this could be a JAWS version issue.

I had no problems editing a cell containing email addresses whether they
were in one cell separated by spaces and whether they were hyperlinks or
regular text. After pressing F2, I was able to press the home key and cycle
through character by character with Fusion feedback. And I used your email address three times in one cell for this test.

Just out of curiosity, do you get a different result when you place one
email address in a cell by itself? I'm not a fan of loading up a single cell
with a lot of content of any type but I'm not here to debate procedural
issues. I'm just curious whether you get a different result with only one
email address in a cell and what JAWS says when you put focus in that cell
and if editing it is any different.

Alan Lemly

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Morey Worthington
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2021 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: editing inside excel cell

Hi Ben and all, I am back.

Doing as you recommended, after doing that, went back into cell by using
F2 key, and in there I still cannot get jaws to tell me where I am in the
cell. I cannot get it to recognize anything. let alone get it to delete,

Here is what is in cell..Email addresses each followed by a space, then
another one, etc.

Example...(, ) then followed by another and so on.

If I have to change a letter in it or even a number, no can do. . Any other
thoughts, or as others have recommended, just copy it, do the editing a
editor of choice then re-insert it?

I am lost...


Morey Worthington

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