Re: Accessing text boxes in Microsoft Word
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Many thanks for this workaround. The text boxes are not inline so I will utilize your second approach. I have no control over the people who use them. I have given them feedback but I do not hold out much hope for change.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessing text boxes in Microsoft Word
Firstly, the ideal solution here (even using Jaws to be honest), is to convince people not to use text boxes.
NVDA doesn't currently have a direct keystroke, it's something we could look into. For now, though, there are still a couple of ways of reading text boxes currently:
If the text boxes are positioned "in line with text", they can be found within the text of the document. Currently they are identified as "slash" though that's something we're working on.
Once you are in a text box (or picture or other object) you can press TAB to move between them. You can add a text box into a document by pressing alt+n, x, enter then press escape once (so you are out of the text itself but the text box is still selected), then you can press TAB to move between the objects in the document (this wraps so if you press TAB on the last object in the document it will jump back to the first object). Be sure to either delete the text box you added or not save changes to this document!
You can also use the accessibility checker, which is handy for finding things but I'll warn you it's not the most direct route: In Word 2016 you can get to this from the "tell me what you want to do" edit box by pressing alt+q and typing "check", but from 2013 (or from 2016) you can press alt+f (file menu), then i (info tab), then i (inspect document) then down arrow to check accessibility. This opens the check accessibility task pane but unfortunately puts the focus back in your document so you need to press F6. This shows any accessibility issues, so if you down arrow through the details it will say "Warning" then "objects not inline", then "text box 2" (not sure why, they all seem to be called text box 2?). Press enter on that text box and press SHIFT+F6 to jump back to your document with the text box selected (this works the same as the previous method of adding a new text box but without changing your document. It is more cumbersome though, I'll not deny that!).
On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:26 AM, Pranav Lal <pranav.lal@...> wrote: