Re: Excel NVDA and Large Text Cells

Louis Maher

Hello Ed,


Some tips for Excel cell editing.


You can open a cell for editing with f2.  When you are editing with f2, alt + enter will insert a line feed in that cell without throwing you out of the cell. 


Also, depending on what Microsoft and your screen editor have done lately, it is advisable to:

Open an Excel spreadsheet. Type alt + f. Up arrow to options.  Hit enter. Arrow down to advanced. Tab to “Allow editing directly in cells” and uncheck that box.  Tab to ok.


This might help your situation.




Louis Maher

Phone: 713-444-7838

E-mail ljmaher03@...


From: <> On Behalf Of Marquette, Ed
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 4:05 AM
Subject: [nvda] Excel NVDA and Large Text Cells


              I have a template Excel spreadsheet that I need to use over and over.  It does some rudimentary computations, but mostly it is a repository for data.

I have problems with one column.  In that particular column, I need to enter a significant bit of text.  We are not talking about paragraphs.  Instead, the maximum length is about 30 words.

Once the text exceeds, on average, five or six words, Excel goes totally silent.  Text continues to be entered, but there is no sound, even when using arrows or the tab key to move around.  I need to use Alt+Tab out and back again to restore speech.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I’m using the highest 19 version of NVDA (before version 2020) and the latest version of Excel.

Thanks in advance.


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