Use a screen reader to work with the timeline view in Project

Use a screen reader to work with the timeline view in Project

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Use Project for the web with your keyboard and screen reader to open the timeline view and create links between tasks, also known as dependencies. We have tested it with Narrator, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. You'll also learn how to remove dependencies.

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.

  • To learn more about screen readers, go to How screen readers work with Microsoft Office.

  • When you use Project for the web, we recommend that you use Edge as your web browser. Because Project for the web runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not Project for the web.

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Open the timeline view

  1. In Project for the web, open the project you want.

  2. Press Ctrl+F6 until you hear: "Project name and views."

  3. To open the timeline view, press I until you hear "Timeline, tab item," and press Enter.

Add dependencies

Once you've created your project in the grid or board view, you can link together tasks in your schedule that must finish or start after or before one another. The linked tasks create so called dependencies and are connected in your timeline, which makes it easier to plan out dates for your project. Dependencies drive the project schedule — once you link the tasks, every change you make to the predecessor affects the successor, which affects the next one, and so on.

When you build a project using dependencies, Project for the web creates your start and finish dates automatically. For instructions on how to adjust the dates, refer to Manage tasks in the board view.

You can link both consecutive and nonconsecutive tasks.

Add a dependency between consecutive tasks

You can add a dependency between two or more consecutive tasks.

Note: To add a dependency using the steps below, switch off the Narrator scan mode.

  1. To navigate to the first task to which you want to add a dependency, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear "Side grid," and then press the Tab key until you hear the task you want.

  2. To select the consecutive tasks, press and hold the Shift key, and press the Down arrow key until you've selected the tasks you want.

  3. Press Alt+M to open the More options menu.

  4. Press the Up arrow key until you hear "Add dependency," and press Enter.

Add dependencies between nonconsecutive tasks

You can connect two nonconsecutive tasks in your schedule.

  1. To navigate to the first task to which you want to add a dependency, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear "Side grid," and then press the Tab key until you hear the task you want.

  2. Press Alt+I to open the task details.

  3. Press Shift+Tab until you hear "Add dependency," and press Enter. You hear: "Search for tasks."

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you know the name of the task you want to add as the driver for the current task, type the name, and press Enter to select.

    • To select one of the suggested tasks, press the Down arrow key until you hear the task you want, and press Enter to select.

Remove dependencies

Remove dependencies between consecutive tasks

You can remove dependencies between two or more consecutive tasks.

Note: To remove a dependency using the steps below, switch off the Narrator scan mode.

  1. To navigate to the first task whose dependencies you want to remove, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear "Side grid," and then press the Tab key until you hear the task you want.

  2. To select the consecutive tasks, press and hold the Shift key, and press the Down arrow key until you've selected the tasks you want.

  3. Press Alt+M to open the More options menu.

  4. Press the Up arrow key until you hear "Remove dependency," and press Enter.

Remove dependencies between nonconsecutive tasks

You can remove dependencies between two nonconsecutive tasks.

  1. To navigate to the task from which you want to remove a dependency, press Ctrl+F6 until you hear "Side grid," and then press the Tab key until you hear the task you want.

  2. Press Alt+I to open the task details.

  3. Press B until you hear "Remove," followed by the name of the task whose link to the current task you want to remove.

  4. To remove the dependency, press Enter.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with the grid view in Project

Use a screen reader to work with the board view in Project

Use a screen reader to view and edit task details in Project

Keyboard shortcuts in Project

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Project

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Project

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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