Re: Unable to set row or column headers in Excel


Hi Luke


Also, make sure you haven’t enabled the UI automation for Excel controls in the Advanced section of NVDA settings.






From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Wednesday, 2 February 2022 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Unable to set row or column headers in Excel


The main things I can think of are:


- are you SURE you are pressing the right keys?  EG if using the numpad insert, is numlock off?

- Are you in edit mode?  EG when you start typing in a cell or press F2 to edit it, you are in edit mode and can change the contents of the cell - but you CAN'T set column and row headers - you need to finish editing either with enter / tab / control+enter (to stay on that cell) or escape.  THEN you can set column and row headers.

- Are the headers already set - importantly, what is NVDA saying when you press NVDA+shift+r or NVDA+shift+c?


Otherwise, I'm using the same version of NVDA and Office and a slightly newer Windows build by the look of it and all working here:


NVDA 2021.3.1
Windows 10 (64-bit) Version: 21H2 (2009), Build: 19044.1466
Office 365 (64-bit) Version: 16.0.14729.20254


Last thing - are you using any NVDA add-ons?  If you disable those - press NVDA+q then down arrow to "restart with add-ons disabled" and enter, does it make a difference?




On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 10:05 AM Luke Robinett <lukelistservs@...> wrote:

Hi Brian,


Thank you for the response. My mistake —I actually meant to include that this is Office 365. This is my work laptop and I believe Windows is set to update automatically but I will manually upgrade to the latest version if that’s not the case. Any other ideas? Oh, I also checked to make sure that I was using the desktop layout which indeed I am. That’s the correct layout because I’m using an external full-size keyboard.


Thanks again!



On Feb 1, 2022, at 3:00 PM, Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote:


Although this is not likely the central issue, you're on Windows 10 Version 20H2, which is now two full feature updates behind.  It would make sense to get up-to-date there.

Also, all of the versions of Excel since Excel 2016 have a version number  of 16 dot something.  It's better to specify the commercial version number, e.g., Excel 2019 or Excel 365, than the embedded version number.  Bless you for including a version number, but very few techs even try to memorize that particular version number when it comes to Office.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

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Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager


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