Re: A new member with some questions

Christo Vorster


As far as my knowledge goes, Shift Tab moves the cursor backwards, while Tab moves it forward. Alt tab rotate between open documents or applications while Ctrl Tab navigates between, as some speech applications would call it, Tab controls.


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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Melissa Jean
Sent: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 3:24 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A new member with some questions

You meant shift + tab. ctrl + tab goes between workbooks if you have more than one open,, right?

On 5/29/18, Quentin Christensen <> wrote:
When you say you "tap" on one, do you mean with your finger, on a
touchscreen? If so, try double-tapping. If you tap once, NVDA will
announce the item, but you have to double tap to activate it. Similar
to the way the screen reader works on Android or iOS.

Oh yes, I meant to mention earlier, as Gene said, use TAB to move
through the ribbon. You can also use CONTROL+TAB to jump between
sections of the ribbon.

On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 11:11 AM, Matthew Elliff <> wrote:

Thanks for the info guys. What I mean is, say I have a bunch of Excel
documents up. When I tap to one, NVDA it will tell me I’m in the
next document, but on the screen, it only shows the one I was last
in. It’s not following me in each Excel document.

On May 29, 2018, at 7:08 PM, Gene <> wrote:

Once you move to a ribbon, you tab through the ribbon. You never use
up and down arrow keys.

----- Original Message -----
*From:* Matthew Elliff <>
*Sent:* Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:34 PM
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] A new member with some questions

Hi, I have office 2013. When I hit alt are to go to that part of the
ribbon, I only have two options. I don’t see anything about track
Is there some other way of navigating these ribbons besides the up
and down arrow keys? I’ve never been very good with them. With left
and right, I just go back to the other tabs in the ribbon. Do you
have any idea about the other questions that I posed? Thanks for your

On May 28, 2018, at 9:39 PM, Quentin Christensen

Hi Matthew,

Excel has a track changes feature which essentially works the same as
the same feature in Word. That is, once Track changes is turned on,
any changes you make (deleting or adding text etc) is highlighted so
your colleagues can see what has changed.

Where it is depends on the version of Excel you are using. If you
are using the latest Office 365, the feature has been depreciated in
favour of Co-authoring. If you are using an earlier version of
Excel, the feature was in the "Review" ribbon (press alt+r to get to
that ribbon)

I must admit, I haven't used co-authoring, so can't comment too much
on that, you can find some information from Microsoft here: https://answers.

You can still use Track Changes if you like, but you'll need to add
it back to the ribbon. See:
removed-from-review-tab/7da17fa0-ff14-45ab-bfa4-cf880ce9230b for
details on how to do that.

Kind regards


On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 7:05 AM, Matthew Elliff <>

Hi. Ive been using NVDA for several years. I have some questions
about using NVDA with Excell for my work. I need to somehow
highlight a cell so that it will show my sighted coworkers that a change has been made.
Is this done in the ribbon somewhere, or is their a key combination
to do this faster? Also, how can I have NVDA tell me what changes
have occured for formatting, colors ect? Also, how can I have focus
from NVDA follow what's on the screen? I haven't needed to know this
information until now. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

Official NVDA Training modules and expert certification now available:
Twitter: @NVAccess

Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

Official NVDA Training modules and expert certification now available:
Twitter: @NVAccess

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