Accessibility and keyboard shortcuts

Accessibility and keyboard shortcuts

The accessibility features in allow people with physical disabilities to interact easily with the product.

Accessibility features

The accessibility features include accelerators and keyboard shortcuts, support for screen-reader and voice-recognition software, and adherence to your system display settings.

The main accessibility features in are:

  • Using accelerators and keyboard shortcuts as an alternative to using the mouse to work with the product.

    Accelerators, or underlined characters in the user interface, refer to an element that can be activated or receive focus. Accelerators are shown when the user presses the Alt key. For example, pressing Alt+F opens the application File menu.

    Keyboard shortcuts refer to the activation of common product features. A comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts for is provided in the section below.

  • Adherence to your Microsoft Windows Display Settings, such as theme, colors, fonts, and high-contrast display.

    Any customization of your Windows desktop theme, color, and font settings are reflected in

  • Users with limited vision can use screen-reading software to listen to what is displayed on the screen.

    If your computer is equipped with a digital speech synthesizer and screen-reading software, events are read out loud as elements appear on screen, and the current focus changes.

Keyboard shortcuts uses standard Microsoft Windows shortcuts for navigation. In addition, the product supports the following keyboard shortcuts for working with the sidebar and properties window:




Navigates to the parent location


Closes the search bar and the search results


Refreshes the document list


Starts search mode


Opens the document properties window


Closes the properties window


When viewing properties, enters edit mode


Quits the properties editor without saving


Saves changes in the properties editor

Alt+Left arrow

Navigates back in the navigation history

Alt+Right arrow

Navigates forward in the navigation history

Ctrl+Alt+<configurable character>

Opens the toolbar, if the toolbar is closed, and sets focus to To learn how to configure the shortcut character, read Provision for Outlook to all users.