Use a screen reader to archive mailbox items in the Exchange admin center

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This article is for people with visual impairments who use a screen reader program with the Office products and is part of the Office Accessibility content set. For more general help, see Microsoft Support home.

Use the Exchange admin center (EAC) with your keyboard and a screen reader to enable or disable archiving of items in an Exchange Online mailbox. You can also apply retention policies to mailboxes.

We have tested it with Narrator in Microsoft Edge and with JAWS in Chrome, but it might work with other screen readers and web browsers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

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Enable mailbox archiving for a user

With mailbox archiving in the EAC, also called "in-place archiving," users get additional mailbox storage space. When enabled, archive mailboxes are accessible through Outlook and Outlook on the web, and offer a convenient alternate repository for old email messages.

  1. On the EAC dashboard, press the Tab key until you hear: “Left navigation hamburger, expanded.” If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  2. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Recipients, expanded." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  3. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Mailboxes." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. Then press Enter. The Mailboxes list view opens, listing all mailboxes in the EAC. You hear: "Add a shared mailbox."

  4. To search for the user for whom you want to enable archiving, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear "Search mailboxes, search box." Type all or part of the user's name and press Enter.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear the details of the first user in the search results list. Your screen reader announces their display name, email address, recipient type, and other information. If the search results list includes multiple names, press the Down arrow key until you hear the name you want.

  6. To open the user details pane, press Enter. You hear: "Close, button," followed by the user's name.

  7. Press the Tab key repeatedly until you hear "Manage mailbox archive, button." Press Enter.

  8. Press the Tab key until you hear "Mailbox archive off, switch, off," and press Spacebar to toggle the switch. If you hear "Mailbox archive on, switch, on," it means that archiving is already enabled for the selected user.

  9. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save, button," and press Enter. You hear "Close, button," followed by "Mailbox archiving successfully updated." Press Enter to return to the user details pane.

  10. To close the user details pane, press Esc. The focus returns to the search results list.

Disable mailbox archiving for a user

If you disable a user's archive, the existing content is retained for 30 days. This means that if you re-enable the archive within that 30 days, all existing content will still be intact. After 30 days, however, all information is permanently deleted, and if you enable the archive after this time, a new archive mailbox is created.

  1. On the EAC dashboard, press the Tab key until you hear: “Left navigation hamburger, expanded.” If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  2. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Recipients, expanded." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  3. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Mailboxes." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. Then press Enter. The Mailboxes list view opens, listing all mailboxes in the EAC. You hear: "Add a shared mailbox."

  4. To search for the user for whom you want to disable archiving, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear "Search mailboxes, search box." Type all or part of the user's name and press Enter.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear the details of the first user in the search results list. Your screen reader announces their display name, email address, recipient type, and other information. If the search results list includes multiple names, press the Down arrow key until you hear the name you want.

  6. To open the user details pane, press Enter. You hear: "Close, button," followed by the user's name.

  7. Press the Tab key repeatedly until you hear "Manage mailbox archive, button." Press Enter.

  8. Press the Tab key until you hear "Mailbox archive on, switch, on," and press Spacebar to toggle the switch. If you hear "Mailbox archive off, switch, off," it means that archiving is already disabled for the selected user.

  9. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save, button," and press Enter. You hear "Close, button," followed by "Mailbox archiving successfully updated." Press Enter to return to the user details pane.

  10. To close the user details pane, press Esc. The focus returns to the search results list.

Apply a retention policy to a user

The messaging records management (MRM) feature in the EAC helps you manage the life cycle of your organization's email by allowing you to set retention policies. Retention policies specify when certain types of mailbox items (including regular email messages, deleted items, and junk mail) should be moved, archived, or deleted. The EAC automatically applies the Default MRM Policy when you create a new mailbox with an archive or when you enable an archive for an existing mailbox user.

You can apply the same retention policy to all users, or you can apply different policies to certain users.

  1. On the EAC dashboard, press the Tab key until you hear: “Left navigation hamburger, expanded.” If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  2. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Recipients, expanded." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. If you hear "collapsed" instead of "expanded," press Spacebar to expand the menu before continuing.

  3. With Narrator, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear: "Mailboxes." With JAWS, press the Down arrow key instead. Then press Enter. The Mailboxes list view opens, listing all mailboxes in the EAC. You hear: "Add a shared mailbox."

  4. To search for the user for whom you want to change the retention policy, press the SR key+Right arrow key until you hear "Search mailboxes, search box." Type all or part of the user's name and press Enter.

  5. Press the Tab key until you hear the details of the first user in the search results list. Your screen reader announces their display name, email address, recipient type, and other information. If the search results list includes multiple names, press the Down arrow key until you hear the name you want.

  6. To open the user details pane, press Enter. You hear: "Close, button," followed by the user's name.

  7. Press the Tab key repeatedly until you hear "Manage mailbox policies, button." Press Enter. The Manage mailbox policies pane opens.

  8. Press the Tab key until you hear "Edit, button," and press Enter. Then press the Tab key until you hear "Default MRM Policy," and use the Up and Down arrow keys to find the retention policy you want.

  9. Press the Tab key until you hear "Save, button," and press Enter. You hear "Close, button," and the EAC starts to process the change. When it is ready, you hear: "Settings updated. It may take up to 5 minutes for these changes to appear." Press Enter to return to the user details pane.

  10. To close the user details pane, press Esc. The focus returns to the search results list.

See also

Use a screen reader to open the Exchange admin center

Use a screen reader to configure mail flow rules in the Exchange admin center

Permissions in Exchange Online

About admin roles

Feature permissions in Exchange Online

Keyboard shortcuts in the Exchange admin center

Technical support for customers with disabilities

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