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Use a screen reader to explore and navigate new Viva Engage

This article is for people who use a screen reader program such as Windows Narrator, JAWS, or NVDA with Microsoft 365 products. This article is part of the Microsoft 365 screen reader support content set where you can find more accessibility information on our apps. For general help, visit Microsoft Support.

Use Yammer with your keyboard and a screen reader to quickly navigate Yammer pages, feeds, and conversation threads. We have tested it with Narrator in Microsoft Edge, and JAWS and NVDA in Chrome, but it might work with other screen readers and web browsers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

Note: This topic describes the structure of new Yammer and how to navigate it.


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Navigate Viva Engage pages

You can navigate Yammer pages by using headings or WAI-ARIA document landmarks.

Navigate by headings

Yammer has level 2 headings to identify the main sections of a page, such as navigation areas, group headings, and the message composer. When you first visit a page in Yammer you are not familiar with, you may find it useful to browse just the level 2 headings to get an overview of the functionality on the page.

Navigate by WAI-ARIA document landmarks

You can also navigate by WAI-ARIA document landmarks. Document landmarks mark the following areas of the page:

  • Suite header with search and settings

  • Left panel with site-wide navigation and your community list

  • Main content area

  • Right panel with related content

Navigate feeds and threads

A Yammer conversation starts when someone posts a message, praise, poll, or a question, and then continues as other people reply to the first message. A message and its replies are known as a conversation thread. You can navigate threads by using headings. The initial message in a thread has a heading level 3 and each reply has a heading level 4.

Typically, a Viva Engage page area contains a collection of threads. This is called a “feed page” or just “feed”. For example, the Home feed, Community feed, and Individual feed are all feed pages. You can navigate to the parts of a Feed page by using the Tab key.

Feed pages can contain an area where you type a message and start a new conversation. Feeds also have a section that contains announcements. Community feeds will also have a section where the community manager can pin important conversations. You can navigate to the parts of a Feed page by using the Tab key.

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Accessibility in new Viva Engage

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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