Re: Excel 365: Adding Note on Cell

Quentin Christensen

SHIFT+F2 overrides the Excel function with an accessible note editor (when that keystroke is detected, not when the function is launched via the context menu, so you need to use the keystroke).

Note for anyone not familiar, this is about adding a note to a cell which isn't seen by default but is like a comment in Word - basically a message from a reviewer to a spreadsheet creator or between two users, rather than manipulating the contents of the cell itself.  So might be used to note a limitation in the formula used, for instance.

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 12:12 PM Louis Maher <ljmaher03@...> wrote:
When you are in an Excel cell, and you want put a note on it, hit shift + f2, write your note, and tab to ok and hit enter.  If you want to see the note again, go to the cell and hit shift + f2, edit your note, and tab to ok.

Louis Maher
Phone: 713-444-7838
E-mail ljmaher03@...

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ann Byrne
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Excel 365: Adding Note on Cell

There is an 'edit cell' item in the applications menu.  Perhaps that would read the text.
At 05:46 PM 2/2/2021, you wrote:
>Dear all,
>I am using NVDA 2020.4 Beta 4 and Excel for Microsoft 365 (the offline
>app not the web-based interface). I navigated to a cell wherein I
>wanted to write a brief remark, pressed the Applications key, and then
>pressed Enter on the New Note Add a note about this part of the
>document option. This opens up something that NVDA is completely silent
>in. Tabbing or arrowing around doesn't help, nor does object
>navigation. I have to press Escape and Alt+Tab away and back to the
>spreadsheet to get back to the cell, and "has comment" (which comment I
>presume would be blank) is reported by NVDA. I would like to properly
>access this note/comment editing area so as to actually use this Excel
>feature. Is this a known accessibility issue or can it be resolved? Are
>there work-arounds?
>I would greatly appreciate any assistance.
>Best Regards
>Bhavya Shah
>Stanford University | Class of 2024
>E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@...

Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

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