Re: A new member with some questions

Jonathan COHN


I can think of a few possibilities.

Some folks have already discussed the collaboration features that permit a person to quickly find content that has been modified and by whom. This is usually used in Word documents, but is apparently available in Excel also.
. Use an auto-color type functionality. You could have excel look for rows with a specific qualification in one column and adjust those rows colors. This could be looking for a specific text or doing a comparison (perhaps a date), and then the row would change style.
3. You could manually adjust colors or borders. I believe one could get up a shortcut or macro so you only have to hit a single key sequence and the row or pose cell gets adjusted.

Which of these possibilities sounds the most appropriate for your situation?

Jonathan Cohn

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Matthew Elliff
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] A new member with some questions

For highlighting, I need to actually highlight a physical cell in an excel document, not have color follow the focus of NVDA. I schedule donation pickups for my work. Say some one calls and say adds items to a pick up that weren't there at first. I need to be able to highlight that cell so my sighted coworker can see at a glance without having to read my comments at first, if she can see this, she will know to go to that cell first. Does that make sense? Thanks for all the help guys.

On 5/29/18, Melissa Jean <Melissa.J.Hammitt@...> wrote:
You meant shift + tab. ctrl + tab goes between workbooks if you have
more than one open,, right?

On 5/29/18, Quentin Christensen <quentin@...> 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 <gowrone@...>

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 <gsasner@...> 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 <gowrone@...>
*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 help.

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:

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 <gowrone@...>

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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