Re: excel and headers not working as intended

Sally Kiebdaj

Hello all,

Sorry to be unresponsive for so long. I had to unrelatedly walk away from the excel training for a few days including a few coincidental restarts. When I went back, it worked. 

I've got nothing....

Thank you for the suggestions and offers of more in depth help offline. Here is hoping whatever was wrong before is fixed. I had recently installed some updates and not yet restarted more than a couple of times so perhaps impacts were still trickling down. 

Overall, I am enjoying the training greatly. 

Thanks again!

On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 6:36 AM Robert Doc Wright godfearer <godfearer@...> wrote:

Sally, I just did what you described and it works for me. My question is where are you when you begin navigating? Tell us what your starting point and in which direction are you moving?


******If we can't look at ourselves, and ask, why?  then where does the learning start?***     


From: Quentin Christensen
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:32 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] excel and headers not working as intended


Hi Sally,


From what you described, what you are doing and what we suggested should normally work.  If you can send me offlist a copy of the spreadsheet you are using, I can have a look at that.  If you let me know which lesson in the material you are working on, I can double check that they are in fact correct.


Kind regards




On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 1:40 AM Sally Kiebdaj <fiddle.pup@...> wrote:

I am aware of both these points and they do not address the issues I am having. Any other suggestions?





On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 6:15 PM Quentin Christensen <quentin@...> wrote:

The other thing to note is that column headers are only announced as you move left or right (between columns), and row headers are only announced as you change rows.  If you have column headers set and press the down arrow - the column hasn't changed so the header isn't read again.






On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 7:21 AM George Kerscher <kerscher@...> wrote:


You also need to check the tables , which is the one just before the column and row.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Sally Kiebdaj
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:01 PM
Subject: [nvda] excel and headers not working as intended

Hello all,

I don't see anything describing my situation in recent conversations so
am starting a new thread.

I'm going through the NVDA excel training and have found that when
following the precise directions in the training, headers are not
reading as it says they should.

I have a set of cells with data. I go to the start of the row that I
want to use as column headers and press NVDA+shift+c.

NVDA announces A2 set as start of column headers. This is correct.

However that header is not read when I navigate through the table.

If I repeat the set column header hotkey, it says that the cell is
already set as the column header. If I press it twice rapidly it says
that the column header is removed.

Everything works as it should right up until I actually start navigating
the table data and do not hear headers spoken.

I am using NVDA 19.2, MS excel 1908 most recent build.

Has anyone else seen this problem? Am I missing something in settings? I
do have the table information checkbox for headers selected in the
document settings of NVDA.

If the instructions in the excel tutorial are missing a step it would be
good to correct that as well.

Thank you in advance for help troubleshooting this.




Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager




Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager



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