Accessibility features in Office Help

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Microsoft Office Help includes features that make it accessible (accessibility: The quality of a given system of hardware or software that makes it usable by people with one or more physical disabilities, such as restricted mobility, blindness, or deafness.) to a wider range of users, including those who have limited dexterity, low vision, or other disabilities.

ShowKeyboard shortcuts for using the Help task pane and Help window

The Help task pane that provides access to all Office Help content. As a task pane, the Help task pane appears as part of the active application. The Help window displays topics and other Help content and appears as a window next to, but separate from, the active application.

In the Help Task Pane

F1

Display the Help task pane.

F6

Switch between the Help task pane and the active application.

TAB

Select the next item in the Help task pane.

SHIFT+TAB

Select the previous item in the Help task pane.

ENTER

Perform the action for the selected item.

UP ARROW and DOWN ARROW

In a Table of Contents, select the next and previous item, respectively.

LEFT ARROW and RIGHT ARROW

In a Table of Contents, expand and collapse the selected item, respectively.

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Move back to the previous task pane.

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Move forward to the next task pane.

CONTROL+SPACE

Open the menu of Pane options.

CONTROL+F1

Close and reopen the current task pane.

RIGHT ARROW

Expand a +/- list.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse a +/- list.

In the Help window

TAB

Select the next hidden text or hyperlink, or Show All or Hide All at the top of a topic

SHIFT+TAB

Select the previous hidden text or hyperlink, or the Browser View button at the top of a Microsoft Office Web site article

ENTER

Perform the action for the selected Show All, Hide All, hidden text, or hyperlink

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Move back to the previous Help topic.

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Move forward to the next Help topic.

CONTROL+P

Print the current Help topic.

UP ARROW AND DOWN ARROW

Scroll small amounts up and down, respectively, within the currently-displayed Help topic.

PAGE UP AND PAGE DOWN

Scroll larger amounts up and down, respectively, within the currently-displayed Help topic.

ALT+U

Change whether the Help window appears connected to (tiled) or separate from (untiled) the active application.

SHIFT+F10

Display a menu of commands for the Help window; requires that the Help window have active focus (click an item in the Help window).

ShowKeyboard shortcuts for using the Ask a Question box

Press F10 or ALT to select the menu bar, and then press TAB until the insertion point appears in the Ask a Question box. Type your question, and then press ENTER.

To select a topic, use the UP or DOWN arrow keys, and then press ENTER to open the topic in the Help window.

ShowUsing expandable links to view information in a Help topic

Many Help topics use hidden text and expandable hyperlinks to show or hide additional information within the topics. This way, you don't have to jump to a different Help topic to see information, and the content is easy to scan. You can use the expandable hyperlinks one at a time, or use Show All or Hide All to open or close all of the expandable hyperlinks in the topic.

Press TAB to select the next hidden text or hyperlink, or to select Show All or Hide All at the top of a topic. Within the Help window, press SHIFT+ TAB to select the previous hidden text or hyperlink, or to select Show All or Hide All at the top of a topic.

 Note   If you are using a screen reader to read Help topics, you must first expand all the links in the topic by using the Show All button.

ShowChanging the appearance of a Help topic

  1. In Windows XP Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Internet Options.

In Windows 2000 Control Panel, double-click the Internet Options icon.

  1. On the General tab, click Accessibility, and then click Ignore colors specified on Web pages.
  2. Click OK.
  3. In the Internet Options dialog box, do one or both of the following:

ShowChange the color of the background or text in Help

  • On the General tab, click Colors, and then select the options you want.

ShowChange the font in Help

  • On the General tab, click Fonts, and then select the options you want.

 Note   If you change the font and background color of the Help topics in the Help window, the change will also affect the font and background color when you view a Web page in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, InfoPath 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003