In some webtexts, you will encounter interactive spreadsheet templates. These templates are registered as applications on the webpage by screen readers and will always be preceded by a heading level five of “Assignment Template,” “Practice Template,” or something similar.

Using spreadsheet templates with a screen reader

Screen readers will recognize each spreadsheet as an application area. You can tab into the application area to enter the application mode of your screen reader.

Once you are in the spreadsheet template, you can navigate it using the keyboard commands listed in the table below.

Using spreadsheet templates with a keyboard

Each spreadsheet template can receive tab focus. While you’re in the spreadsheet template, you should use the keyboard commands listed in the table below. When you have finished with your spreadsheet template and are ready to move on, press Tab to move out of the spreadsheet template.

Command

Action

Arrow Keys

Move from cell tocell in any direction in the spreadsheet

F2 (Windows)

Begin editing a cell

Enter/Return

Confirm the edits to a cell

Escape

Exit the edit area of the cell and discard changes

Ctrl+C (Windows)

Copy the contents of a cell

Ctrl+V (Windows)

Paste the contents of the clipboard into the cell

Cmd-C (Mac)

Copy the contents of a cell

Cmd-V (Mac)

Paste the contents of the clipboard into the cell

Cmd-U (Mac)

Begin editing the contents of a cell

For more information on spreadsheet templates, please check out our other article, How do I use spreadsheet templates?


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