Re: Automatic Column and Row Header Reading

Sam Taylor

Many thanks Quentin. Works perfectly.

On 14/07/2020 10:11 am, Quentin Christensen wrote:

Good pickup, yes you need to have NVDA set to report "tables", as well as column and row headers in NVDA's document formatting for this to work.  It's not well documented so I will ensure this is updated and noted in the User Guiide and Excel module.

If you otherwise prefer to have reporting of tables off, you can setup a configuration profile for Excel which has this setting enabled:

1) Open Excel
2) Press NVDA+control+p to open the configuration profiles dialog
3) press alt+n to create a new profile
4) Leave the name and press tab once to "use this profile for".
5) press the right arrow to move to "Current application (Excel)
6) Press Enter.

That creates the profile and now any change you make to NVDA's settings while in Excel will be saved in this profile rather than the "normal" profile.



On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 9:48 AM Sam Taylor via <> wrote:

Thank you, Tyler. No, it wasn't, and this is precisely what I needed to do. I have this off for usual activity, and clearly I'm going to have to set up a trigger. If this isn't mentioned in the documentation along with the need for enabling row/column headers which I did know about, it may be worth including.

Thanks again.


On 14/07/2020 9:31 am, Tyler Spivey wrote:
Is Tables checked in NVDA, Preferences, Settings, Document Formatting?
If not, check it.

On 7/13/2020 3:46 PM, Sam Taylor via wrote:
Thanks Cearbhall,

I have constructed a test workbook without any blank lines. Still I
cannot get NVDA to read the coordinates as it should. I have tested with
NVDA 2019 and 2017 with the same result, so I am beginning to wonder
whether there is some type of setting in Excel itself which is causing
this to happen.



On 13/07/2020 11:00 pm, Cearbhall O'Meadhra wrote:


Have you any blank columns separating blocks of columns. If so, you
would need to set the column headings on the first cell in the heading
row of each block to make NVDA call out the column headings for that


All the best,




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Yep, I did that also, but still nothing appears to change. I followed
the example in the Excel with NVDA study material.



On 13/07/2020 6:00 pm, Quentin Christensen wrote:

    You need to tell NVDA where the headers are for it to read them. 
    Press NVDA+shift+c to set column headers and NVDA+shift+r to set
    row headers.  Note that you need to be in the first cell you want
    headers read.




    On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 5:30 PM Sam Taylor via
    <> <samtaylor9@...
    <>> wrote:

        Hi all,

        11.2.1 of the NVDA user guide mentions that NVDA is able to
        automatically announce appropriate row and column headers when
        navigating around Excel worksheets.

        I used to be able to achieve this but it doesn't appear to
        work for me any more, and indeed as of NVDA 2019.3.

        The cell coordinates just appear to read as usual, rather than
        reading any additional cell references.

        I have enabled the Report Table row / column headers option in
        NVDA's Document Formatting settings.

        y duCan anybodyplicate or suggest anything? This is highly
        likely to be user error.






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