The screen reader tool does not read the web text of autoshapes.

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Author: Glenna Shaw MVP
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SYMPTOMS

When you use the screen reader tool to read autoshapes that you created in a Microsoft Office PowerPoint slide, you may experience that the screen reader tool does not read the web text (also known as alternative text) of the autoshape.

CAUSE

This behavior occurs when text is added inside an autoshape.  The screen reader will read the text in an autoshape and ignore the web text.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this behavior, group the autoshape with a text box using the following steps:
1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office, and then click Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
2. Open the slide that contains the objects.
3. Click on Insert, Text box and draw a new text box with the cursor.
4. If the text box has a colored background, right-click on the outside edge of the text box and click on Format Text Box.  Set color to No Fill.
4. Enter the same text as in your autoshape.
5. Right-click the autoshape, click on Edit Text and delete the text in the autoshape.
6. Click on the new outside edge of the text box to select it and use the cursor to position the text box over the autoshape.
7. Hold down the Shift key and right-click on the autoshape, click on Grouping,  Group.
8. Right-click on the new grouped object, click on Format Object, click on the Web tab and enter the Web Text for the object.
 

MORE INFORMATION

Applies to all version of Microsoft Office Products that use autoshapes.
 
Assistive technology products are used by some people with disabilities. They include the following types of programs:
Screen readers for people who are severely visually impaired or blind.
Screen magnifiers for people with low vision.
On-screen keyboards and speech-recognition (dictation) software for people with limited dexterity.
Keyboard enhancement utilities for people who have difficulty with standard keyboard behavior.
For additional information about assistive technology products that are designed for use with Microsoft products, visit the following Microsoft Accessibility and Disabilities Web page: http://www.microsoft.com/enable

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Article ID: 555168 - Last Review: July 28, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
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