Re: Excel 365: Adding Note on Cell

Bob Cavanaugh <cavbob1993@...>

The reason I won’t try that is because up until about a month ago, I was not running any add-ons, and this problem has been going on for quite a while.

On Feb 3, 2021, at 7:13 PM, Quentin Christensen <quentin@...> wrote:

Thanks Bob,

The other thing to try is if you press NVDA+Q then down arrow to "Restart with add-ons disabled", see if that makes a difference.


On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 12:34 PM Bob Cavanaugh <cavbob1993@...> wrote:
I'm not sure a debug log would help, but I'll send you one next time I
need to use the context menu. My understanding of the issue was the
original question was that if you try to add a note to a cell using
the context menu NVDA would quit speaking altogether until you
navigated away from and then back into the spreadsheet. That is
exactly the issue I have with 2016. The thread I started is here:,,,20,0,0,0::recentpostdate%2Fsticky,,,20,2,340,78332368

On 2/3/21, Quentin Christensen <quentin@...> wrote:
> Bob,
> I think there might be several issues at play here:
> 1) The original question was around adding notes to cells.  This works if
> you use the shortcut but not if you do it via the context menu - because we
> programmed our dialog to be triggered via the shortcut key.
> 2) I'm not familiar with your context menu query, but other functions
> should work via the context menu, eg inserting cells, opening format cells,
> sort, filter, etc. - I didn't trawl through issues extensively, so there
> may be an issue I'm not familiar with.
> If there isn't already an issue for your context menu freeze, then we'd
> definitely like to explore it further - a debug log replicating the issue
> would be a great place to start.  Do email me offlist if you want to share
> a log - info@...
> Kind regards
> Quentin.
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 5:57 AM Bob Cavanaugh <cavbob1993@...> wrote:
>> This sounds like the exact same issue I have with Excel 2016, not 365
>> using NVDA 2020.3. This was the first post I made to this list back in
>> December when I joined, and was recommended an alpha build to try to
>> fix the problem. As that was a few months ago, I would assume that
>> build has been integrated into 2020.4, though I don't know for sure.
>> This happens to me any time I use the context menu though. Usually in
>> my case, I use it to insert and delete cells, and just like the
>> original message, I have to alt+tab away from and back into the
>> spreadsheet to get NVDA to speak again. I'm not even sure if 2016 has
>> the note feature. Either way, I don't use it, but this is a problem
>> with any action involving the context menu.
>> On 2/2/21, Bhavya shah <bhavya.shah125@...> 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.
>> >
>> > Thanks.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Best Regards
>> > Bhavya Shah
>> > Stanford University | Class of 2024
>> > E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@...
>> > LinkedIn:
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
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