Re: Issue With Excel 2016

Cearbhall O'Meadhra


In the keystrokes that you have listed, you are missing "a" and so the sequence should not work.

In light of your experience, I have, just now, pressed each of the five keys well spaced out and the import window opened. I used alt then a then p then n then f then t to do this.

Anyway, your familiar sequence of alt>a>f>t still works so the above is interesting but not essential.


I have found how to change the target of the import.

You proceed as usual up to the "Load" button. Press tab once when the button is in focus. Then press down-arrow once and you should hear
"Load menu drop menu Edit Cancel"
the Load menu is the first choice and so down-arrow opens it.
Down arrow on this and a second option appears 2Load to" this gives various choices for the target.

NVDA managed all this with ease.

Try it and let me know how you get on!

All the best,

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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2018 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Issue With Excel 2016


Pressing the keystrokes alt + P N F T does not work on my US English version of Excel 2016. When I press alt + P, wait a second or 2 and then press N, I get a system error sound. This keystroke simply is invalid for my version of Excel 2016.

As far as the dialogue, using the tab, there is a certain amount of accessibility, but not a wizard interface and the default button via trial and error turns out to be load. This loads the data into a new worksheet as you and I have both previously determined. There has to be some sort of ability to load the data into the exiting worksheet. This must work for sighted people--which leads me to believe that there is some sort of inaccessible button or graphic that screen readers such as NVDA or JAWS do not see. It would be a great problem for sighted people if there were no such option.

All n all, my work around is to import the data into a new sheet, cut and paste it into the existing sheet and then move back to the now empty new sheet and delete it with hot keys alt + H, D, S and confirm. What a royal pain!

On 3/25/2018 5:50 AM, Cearbhall O'Meadhra wrote:

The message is probably not relevant but indicates that the text file may have originated from a web link or contain elements which have been pasted from a web or other source that Microsoft is cautious about.

Your keystroke combination leads you correctly where you should be in order to import and transform the data into your existing workbook, albeit with a new worksheet which the wizard will add to the workbook.

Your quick key combination of:
still works but Excel appears to have changed it for some reason. NVDA
reports that it is now
The use of "pn" surprises me and needs to be pressed distinctly (not too rapidly) or it does not work.
However, this combination also works and both lead to the third step of the data import wizard which does, indeed, open with the "1252: Western European (Windows)" regional setting that you reported.

This dialog is not inaccessible, I tabbed around each field without any problem. If I try to move around the window with the arrow keys whilst on "1250 western European", for example, I will only remain in the list of regional settings. The only way to move from field to field is by using "tab". I did notice that it appears to be a collection of distinct windows, unlike other dialogs.

I pressed NVDA with Numpad "-" in order to "Move to Focus" and then pressed NVDA with numpad 8 twice to fully expand the review window. I moved around the screen using NVDA with Numpad 9 and saved the result. I have pasted it below to let you see it. In live mode, I can easily get to each of these elements using the tab key.

Are you able to get a response when you use the tab key in this dialog?

Here is the full content of the review screen including blank lines:


Specify the settings for each file.

Learn more

Example File:

File Origin

1252: Western European (Windows)




Data Type Detection

Based on first 200 rows





Multimedia 3631950 - The Littlest Angel - Lullaby of Christmas01 - the
littlest angel.mp3 Multimedia 3631950 - The Littlest Angel - Lullaby
of Christmas02 - lullaby of christmas.mp3 Multimedia 363baja marimba
band - 2001 best of01 along comes mary.mp3 Multimedia 363baja marimba
band - 2001 best of02 juarez.mp3 Multimedia 363baja marimba band -
2001 best of03 comin' in the back door.mp3 Multimedia 363baja marimba
band - 2001 best of04 georgy girl.mp3

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All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2018 6:14 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Issue With Excel 2016


The warning has existed since I had Excel 2013. It ix a simple security warning that says:

"Microsoft Excel Security Notice Microsoft Office has identified a
potential security concern.
The operation connects to an external data source.
External data sources are used to import data into Excel, but
connections to external data sources can be used by queries to access
confidential information available to other users, or to perform other
harmful actions. If you trust the source of this file, click OK."

Now as I said, I have been getting this warning with both Windows 8.1
and 10 since 2013. In the past, I simply clicked OK and the file name
field appeared, I typed the path to the file name, clicked open and
the wizard would launch.

Here is some other information. I am using the ribbon hotkeys to
import data from a text file. This sequences is as follows:

alt + A for data followed by F for file T for text. This has worked
since 2013 as well. Now when I followed those steps, rather than the
wizard, I get a largely inaccessible dialogue and the first field is a
choice of character sets with the default being 1252: Western European

Hopefully, this information will give you some idea as to what is
happening. It is as if there is no longer a wizard and some preset of
some sort is coming up and asking me to verify or edit it.

On 3/24/2018 8:00 PM, Cearbhall O'Meadhra wrote:

I don't get any warning message. That implies something different that might relate to the problem you are having. What does the message say?

I have just saved your lines into a text file in notepad. The rows are no longer defined by a carriage return in your message but it is clear that cell 1 contains the word "Multimedia" so I put a carriage return in front of each.
Here is what I experienced:

I opened the browse window with alt>f>o>o and the import wizard came up offering step 1 of 3.
The first step offered that the file data was "Fixed length" so I arrowed up to "Delimited". I ignored the start at and tabbed to Next and step 2 opened.
In Step 2 "Tab" was already selected as the delimiter. I unchecked that and tabbed to the next item which was "Semicolon", so I selected that. I then tabbed to "Next" and Step 3 opened.
In Step 3, I skipped over the format selections and tabbed down to "Finish".
The data was successfully imported into a table within Excel - not the original workbook that I had opened with a new worksheet to take the data. When I tried to save the data, I had no choice but to save it as a new workbook with the name of the original text file.

Every step of the wizard was fully accessible. I am attaching the text file and workbook here for your information.

By the way, I tried a second experiment to see if the data would go into an existing workbook:
I opened "Data" on the menu bar and selected "Get and transform Data". This had a few options and so I tabbed around and selected "From File". The second step opened and I accepted the offered "semicolon" as delimiter. I then tabbed to "Import". This opened a new step where I could set the delimiter and other details which were all visible to NVDA. I then tabbed to "Load" and the whole text file was placed in a new worksheet within the open existing workbook. I did have a worksheet ready but the wizard ignored that and inserted a new "Sheet1" to take the imported data.

I appreciate that all of this is what you describe as being no longer available to you. If it helps, I can confirm that it is still available in Excel 2016.

Perhaps the warning message will give us a clue?

All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:41 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Issue With Excel 2016

Hi Rich,

I have been using semi colon [;] for the delimiters for years from
2000 up until Excel2016 just a few weeks ago. I never had this problem before. I save the text file with the standard txt extension. I use Notepad to create the files. The common parameters--which used to appear in the wizard when trying to import the file first ask 'what line of the import file you wish to begin at (the default is line 1) You click next and the second screen asks for the delimiter and I choose semi colon [;]. the next few screens have to do with formulas and other things that i just bypass and then click finish. This wizard like interface no longer occurs when I try the import of the text file. I get the Microsoft security warning which I dismiss and then this odd and new inaccessible interface.

Here are a few lines from the text file I have been trying to import.

Multimedia 363;1950 - The Littlest Angel - Lullaby of Christmas;01 -
the littlest angel.mp3 Multimedia 363;1950 - The Littlest Angel -
Lullaby of Christmas;02 - lullaby of christmas.mp3 Multimedia
363;baja marimba band - 2001 best of;01 along comes mary.mp3
Multimedia 363;baja marimba band - 2001 best of;02 juarez.mp3
Multimedia 363;baja marimba band - 2001 best of;03 comin' in the back
Multimedia 363;baja marimba band - 2001 best of;04 georgy girl.mp3

On 3/24/2018 8:32 AM, Rick wrote:
Hello Ron:

What file extension are you using for the file you are attempting to import? Excel has a common format (.csv) which stands for Comma Separated Variables, where each field is separated using a comma in the file. Each field in the line of text is then placed in a separate cell in a row. Each new line will begin another row in the worksheet.

Also, can you give us a few sample lines from the file you are attempting to import and the rules you want to apply to the import process?

Thanks, Rick

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Issue With Excel 2016


I open the existing Excel Work Book.

I then use open file and type in the path and file name of the delimited text file.

This used to work. I used to get a wizard of sorts that could have
a back, next and finish and step by step, I would be asked which
column I should start the import at, what delimited I should use and
other parameters I should use.

Now I get this odd inaccessible dialogue.

On 3/24/2018 6:50 AM, Cearbhall O'Meadhra wrote:
Hi Ron,

I am using excel 2016 in Windows 10 and a choice of both NVDA and JAWS 17. All are up to the latest versions.

I am curious about your issue as I do a lot of work with excel myself.

I have just created a tab delimited text file and imported it successfully. I tried using the File>Open dialog and the "Get external data" option on the Data Menu. Although the resulting dialog is different in each case, I found every part of the dialog fully accessible with NVDA.

In older versions of Excel, I used to import text files using the File>Open dialog. I was surprised to find that I cannot do this in excel 2016.

You don't say what technique you are using, but if you explain exactly what you have been attempting I would be happy to explore it with you and see what might have changed.

All the best,


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2018 1:28 AM
Subject: [nvda] Issue With Excel 2016

Hi Group,

For years, I have been using Microsoft Excel to make a simple spread sheet database for various of my music and movie files. I usually do this by creating a delimited text file using Notepad and then importing the file into Excel via the import data/text file item. For years this has worked. I would click the file and then I would get a Microsoft Security warning and then the file would open and a wizard of sorts would launch and ask me for the parameters: delimiters, beginning column, and so on.

However, now when I load an existing file into Excel, I get some sort of weird interface that doesn't seem to work with NVDA or JAWS and I am unable to complete the importation as I normally did.

I assume that either an update to Office 2016 or some other update to Windows 10 has changed some default setting in Excel that makes things operate differently. I have looked under options in the Excel program but I am unable to find what might be causing this difference. What setting could be changed to get things back to where they used to be for my Excel program?

Thanks for any help.

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