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

Andre Fisher


Just test it and see how it works. Different persons have different results.

On 3/22/17, Jacques <lists4js@...> wrote:
1. Column and row headers can be set on the column or row containing the
headers and will be echoed by NVDA while navigating through cells. The NVDA
user guide covers this in detail in the section pertaining to Excel.
2. As for cell co-ordinates, this can be set to speak while navigating by
cells. This setting is found under document settings, NVDA+control+d and the
changes made here can be saved globally or under an Excel specific profile.
See NVDA user guide for details. Alternatively cell co-ordinates can be
queried on the fly with NVDA+numpad-delete, which will speak the name of the
sheet and the cell address which has focus. I believe the latter keystroke
was added in NVDA 2017.1.
3. I can’t think off-hand how one would read the entire row in Excel, but
that could be because I use Excel for its purpose and not as a database or
word processor.


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From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Christopher-Mark Gilland
Sent: Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:19
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Incredibly basic Excel functionality, and a few
extremely elementary questions

So, I'm confused thoroughly.

Are you trying to imply that NVDA will not natively read Excel documents
just by arrowing from one cell to another?

Christopher Gilland
Co-founder of Genuine Safe Haven Ministries

(980) 500-9575

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From: Louis Maher <mailto:ljmaher@...>

To: nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>

Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:54 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Incredibly basic Excel functionality, and a few
extremely elementary questions

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

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From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto: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 <mailto: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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