Use a screen reader to search in the Office app

Use a screen reader to search in the Office app

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Use the Office app with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, to search for documents, media, and notes.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

Use the search in the Office app

  1. In the Office app, tap the upper part of the screen with four fingers to move the focus to the top part of the Home tab.

  2. Swipe right until you reach the Search button, and double-tap the screen.

  3. Double-tap the screen to select the Search field and type your search word(s) using the on-screen keyboard.

    Tip: The search finds results based on document filenames and note contents. You can also search by file type.

  4. When done, place your finger on the screen and drag it to the Search button in the down right corner of the screen or swipe right until you reach the Search button. Double-tap the screen to perform the search.

  5. The search results are returned and grouped into Files, Media, and Notes tabs. To open a tab, swipe right until you hear the tab you want, and double-tap the screen.

  6. On a tab, swipe right until you hear the item you want, and double-tap the screen to open it.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with files in the Office app

Use a screen reader to work with PDFs in the Office app

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with the Office app

Learn the layout of the Office app with a screen reader

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate the Office app

Use the Office app with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, to search for documents, media, and notes.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in iOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, visit Apple accessibility.

Use the search in the Office app

  1. In the Office app, swipe up-then-down with one finger to move the focus to the top part of the Home tab.

  2. Swipe right until you reach the Search button, and double-tap the screen.

  3. Use the on-screen keyboard to type your search word(s).

    Tip: The search finds results based on document filenames and note contents. You can also search by file type.

  4. The search results for files are returned as you type. Swipe left to move to the search results.

  5. To check all the search results, slide one finger on the screen at the down right corner of the screen until you reach the Search button, and then lift your finger off the screen.

  6. The search results are returned and grouped into Files, Media, and Notes tabs. To open a tab, swipe right until you hear the tab you want, and double-tap the screen.

  7. On a tab, swipe right until you hear the item you want, and double-tap the screen to open it.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with files in the Office app

Use a screen reader to work with PDFs in the Office app

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with the Office app

Learn the layout of the Office app with a screen reader

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate the Office app

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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