Re: Alternatives to Excel

David Goldfield

Hi, Cearbhall.

Bear in mind that I'm not a regular user of Calc.
First, it's important to go into NVDA's document settings and ensure
that the option for cell coordinates is checked. This is also true for
Excel and it ensures that NVDA reads the cell coordinates, such as B1,
C2, etc.

In the past I remember having to occasionally move focus away from and
then back to the spreadsheet. I usually did this by pressing the alt key

Finally, I think that LibreOffice is now up to version 6.3 and so it
might be worth installing that version to see if performance improves.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 1/17/2020 5:35 AM, Cearbhall O'Meadhra wrote:

I have LibreOffice 5.1 and, following the discussions in this thread, I opened up an existing Excel worksheet in Calc but I found that NVDA could not find any cells in the open worksheet. Can you advise what steps I should take to get Calc going correctly with NVDA?

All the best,


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Subject: Re: [nvda] Alternatives to Excel

I agree with your comments regarding LibreOffice. OpenOffice Calc may be a good alternative and if people find that it's doing what they need they should certainly continue to use it. However, LibreOffice receives many more updates with bug fixes and feature additions. If there's ever a chance for accessibility in Calc and Writer to be improved we're likely to see that happening in LibreOffice before OpenOffice.

David Goldfield,
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On 1/15/2020 6:53 AM, René Linke wrote:

LibreOffice is now very accessible because it is getting many updates
in short time (improvements, security fixes, etc.).


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