Locked Re: Incredibly basic Excel functionality, and a few extremely elementary questions

Andre Fisher

firstly, NVDA works quite well with Excel. For you to say you have not
had the chance to try Excel with NVDA amuses and puzzles me, because
NVDA is free.

On 3/22/17, Louis Maher <ljmaher@...> wrote:
Hello Christopher,

I would always keep your basic documents in Excel. When you are required to
read them, you first select the rows and columns you want to read, open a
separate word file, and in the word file, hit alt+control+ v, and arrow down
until you see paste as unformatted text.

Another way is to simply copy the rows and columns into a text file.

You can rapidly traverse the text representation in these files.

Please note that it is especially helpful to have a Braille printer, and
just read the braille produced from these text formatted files.

Again, keep your original files in Excel.


Louis Maher

Phone: 713-444-7838

E-mail: ljmaher@...

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Christopher-Mark Gilland
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:18 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Incredibly basic Excel functionality, and a few extremely
elementary questions
Importance: High


I just have taken on a new position at my church. One of the things which
will be required of me on a very regular basis is to read spreadsheet
documents which will be created in Excel.

I should make it very clear that these files will not have anything in them
of numerical value, nor have any formulas. The only reason they are using
Excel is to keep things neetly organized in both rows and columns, and to
make sure that things accessibly line up correctly.

So, being that we are not using Excel for the mathematical side of it, but
more just for very basic organization, I’m curious how well NVDA will work
with Excel, seeing that I honestly haven’t really used it heavily up until
now. It seems to work very very well with JAWS, but I’ve not had the chance
to try it with NVDA. If this doesn’t work, which I’m sure it probably will,
then I’m going to have to work with them on another sollution, which isn’t a
problem, I just need to know either way.

As for my few questions, provided that the lady who does the documents makes
the first row of columns specifically be headers, like, name, location
assighment, etc, then is there a way, say, I then went to the next row down
and saw Chris Gilland, could I somehow query the header of that column and
see that I’m in the, “Name” column?

Secondly, is there a way to have excel report the current cell coordinants
without the need for me to focus on another cell, then move back to the one
I initially was in thereby forcing NVDA to speak them? And finally, can I
have NVDA read not just one cell at a time, but instead read me the entire



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