Use a screen reader to create a new form in Microsoft Forms

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Use Microsoft Forms with your keyboard and a screen reader to create a new form. We have tested it with Narrator and JAWS in Microsoft Edge, but it might work with other screen readers and browsers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. You'll learn how to name the form, add questions to it, and share the form to get responses.

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Create a new form

  1. On the Microsoft Forms main page, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear "New form," and press Enter. You hear: "Untitled form."

  2. To add a title to the form, press the Tab key until you hear "Untitled form, Form title designer," and press Enter. Type a name for the form.

  3. To add a description for the form, press the Tab until you hear "Form subtitle," and type the form description.

  4. To add a question to the form, press the Tab key until you hear "Add new," and press Enter. You hear: "Choice."

  5. To select a question type, do one of the following:

    • To select the Choice question, press Enter.

    • To select the Text, Rating, or Date question, press the Tab key until you hear the type you want, and press Enter.

    • To access the additional options at the end of the Add new menu, press the Tab key until you hear "More, button, collapsed," and press Enter. To browse the options, use the Down and Up arrow keys, and press Enter to select an option.

  6. You hear: "Question title." Type the question.

  7. If you selected the Choice question, add the first two options to the question. Press the Tab key until you hear "Choice option text," and type the option text. Repeat for the second option.

    To add additional options, press the Tab key until you hear "Add option," press Enter, and add an option text as instructed above.

  8. To customize the questions, you can do one or more of the following:

    • For the Choice question, to allow respondents to select multiple options, press the Tab key until you hear "Multiple answers," and press Spacebar.

    • For the Text question, to allow respondents to enter multiple lines of text, press the Tab key until you hear "Long answer," and press Spacebar.

    • To make answering a question mandatory, press the Tab key until you hear "Required," and press Spacebar.

  9. To finish editing a question, press Esc.

  10. To add additional questions, press the Tab key until you hear "Add new," and press Enter. Then repeat the steps from step 5 onward as needed.

Preview a form

Before you share the form with the respondents, check the form in the preview. You can even complete the form yourself and make sure that everything works as it should.

  1. In the form you want to check, press Shift+Tab until you reach the Preview button, and press Enter.

  2. Press the Tab key or Shift+Tab to navigate the fields in the form preview.

  3. To test the form yourself, respond to the questions and submit the form as instructed in Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms.

  4. To exit the preview, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Back, button," and press Enter.

Share a form to get responses

Once your form is ready, share a link to the form with the respondents.

  1. In the form you want to share, press Shift+Tab until you reach the Share button, and press Enter.

  2. You hear the current sharing permission option. To change the option, press Spacebar, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the option you want, and press Enter to select.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Copy," and press Enter. The link to the form is copied to the clipboard.

  4. Paste the link, for example, to a Microsoft Teams channel or an email message.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to apply a theme or add images to forms and quizzes in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to check and share your form or quiz results in Microsoft Forms

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Forms

Use Microsoft Forms with your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in macOS screen reader, in Safari to create a new form. You'll learn how to name the form, add questions to it, and share the form to get responses.

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 macOS screen reader, VoiceOver. To learn more about using VoiceOver, go to VoiceOver Getting Started Guide.

In this topic

Create a new form

  1. On the Microsoft Forms main page, press the Tab key until you hear "New Form," and press Return. You hear: "Untitled form."

  2. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "Untitled form, Form title designer," and press Control+Option+Spacebar to edit the form title. Type a name for the form.

  3. To add a subtitle for the form, press the Tab key twice. You hear: "You are currently on a button." Type a subtitle for the form.

  4. To finish editing the form title, press Esc.

  5. To add a question to the form, press the Tab key until you hear "Add new," and press Return. You hear: "Choice."

  6. To select a question type, do one of the following:

    • To select the Choice question, press Enter.

    • To select the Text, Rating, or Date question, press the Tab key until you hear the type you want, and press Enter.

    • To access the additional options at the end of the Add new menu, press the Tab key until you hear "More, button, collapsed," and press Enter. To browse the options, use the Down and Up arrow keys, and press Return to select an option.

  7. You hear: "Question title." Type the question.

  8. If you selected the Choice question, add the first two options to the question. Press the Tab key until you hear "Choice option text," and type the option text. Repeat for the second option.

    To add additional options, press the Tab key until you hear "Add option," press Return, and add an option text as instructed above.

  9. To customize the questions, you can do one or more of the following:

    • For the Choice question, to allow respondents to select multiple options, press the Tab key until you hear "Multiple answers," and press Spacebar.

    • For the Text question, to allow respondents to enter multiple lines of text, press the Tab key until you hear "Long answer," and press Spacebar.

    • To make answering a question mandatory, press the Tab key until you hear "Required," and press Spacebar.

  10. To finish editing a question, press Esc. You can now add additional questions by repeating these instructions starting at step 5.

Preview a form

Before you share the form with the respondents, check the form in the preview. You can even complete the form yourself and make sure that everything works as it should.

  1. In the form you want to check, press Shift+Tab until you reach the Preview button, and press Return.

  2. Press the Tab key or Shift+Tab to navigate the fields in the form preview.

  3. To test the form yourself, respond to the questions and submit the form as instructed in Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms.

  4. To exit the preview, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Back, button," and press Return.

Share a form to get responses

Once your form is ready, share a link to the form with the respondents.

  1. In the form you want to share, press Shift+Tab until you reach the Share button, and press Return.

  2. You hear the current sharing permission option. To change the option, press Spacebar, press the Up or Down arrow key until you hear the option you want, and press Return to select.

  3. Press the Tab key until you hear "Copy," and press Return. The link to the form is copied to the clipboard.

  4. Paste the link, for example, to a Microsoft Teams channel or an email message.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to apply a theme or add images to forms and quizzes in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to check and share your form or quiz results in Microsoft Forms

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Forms

Use Microsoft Forms with VoiceOver, the built-in iOS screen reader, in Safari to create a new form. You'll learn how to name the form, add questions to it, and share the form to get responses.

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.

In this topic

Create a new form

  1. On the Microsoft Forms main page, swipe left or right until you hear "New form," and double-tap the screen.

  2. Swipe right until you hear "Untitled form," and double-tap the screen.

  3. To add the form title, double-tap the screen, and then use the on-screen keyboard to type the title. Once you're done, swipe left until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen.

  4. To add a subtitle for the form, swipe right until you hear "Form subtitle," double-tap the screen, and then use the on-screen keyboard to type a subtitle. Once you're done, swipe left until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen.

  5. To finish editing the form title, tap at the top of the screen with four fingers, swipe right until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen. You hear the new title of the form.

  6. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version, navigate to the form you just created, and double-tap to open it.

  7. To add a question to the form, swipe right until you hear "Add new," and double-tap the screen.

  8. To select a question type, do one of the following:

    • To select the Choice question, double-tap the screen.

    • To select the Text, Rating, or Date question, swipe right until you hear the type you want, and double-tap the screen.

    • To access the additional options at the end of the Add new menu, swipe right until you hear "More, button, end," and double-tap the screen. To browse the options, swipe right, and double-tap the screen to select.

  9. You hear: "Question title." Double-tap the screen, and then use the on-screen keyboard to type the question. Swipe left until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen.

  10. If you selected the Choice question, add the first two options to the question. Swipe right until you hear "Choice option text," and double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type the option text. Swipe left until you hear "Done," and double-tap the screen. Repeat for the second option.

    To add additional options to the question, swipe right until you hear "Add option," double-tap the screen, and add an option text as instructed above.

  11. To customize the questions, you can do one or more of the following:

    • For the Choice question, to allow respondents to select multiple options, swipe right until you hear "Multiple answers, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

    • For the Text question, to allow respondents to enter multiple lines of text, swipe right until you hear "Long answer, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

    • To make answering a question mandatory, swipe right until you hear "Required, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

  12. To add additional questions, swipe right until you hear "Add new," and double-tap the screen. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for each new question.

Preview a form

Before you share the form with the respondents, check the form in the preview. You can even complete the form yourself and make sure that everything works as it should.

  1. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version.

  2. In the form you want to check, tap at the top of the screen with four fingers, swipe right until you hear "Preview," and double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right to navigate the fields in the form preview.

  4. To exit the preview, tap at the top of the screen with four fingers, swipe right until you hear "Back, button," and double-tap the screen.

Share a form to get responses

Once your form is ready, share a link to the form with the respondents.

  1. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version.

  2. In the form you want to share to get responses, tap at the top of the screen with four fingers, swipe right until you hear "Share," and double-tap the screen.

  3. You hear the current sharing permission option. To change the option, double-tap and hold the screen until you hear an audio cue. Swipe right or left until you hear the option you want, and double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Copy," and double-tap the screen. The link to the form is copied to the clipboard.

  5. Paste the link, for example, to a Microsoft Teams channel or an email message.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to apply a theme or add images to forms and quizzes in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to check and share your form or quiz results in Microsoft Forms

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Forms

Use Microsoft Forms with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, in Chrome to create a new form. You'll learn how to name the form, add questions to it, and share the form to get responses.

Notes: 

In this topic

Create a new form

  1. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version.

  2. On the Microsoft Forms main page, swipe left or right until you hear "New form," and double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right until you hear "Untitled form, Form title designer," and double-tap the screen.

  4. Use the on-screen keyboard to type a title for the form. Once you're done, swipe down-then-left to close the keyboard.

  5. To add a subtitle for the form, swipe right until you hear "Edit box, Form subtitle," double-tap the screen, and then use the on-screen keyboard to type a subtitle. Once you're done, swipe down-then-left to close the keyboard.

  6. To add a question to the form, swipe right until you hear "Add new," and double-tap the screen.

  7. To select a question type, do one of the following:

    • To select the Choice question, double-tap the screen.

    • To select the Text or Rating question, swipe right until you hear the type you want, and double-tap the screen.

    • To select the Date question, swipe right until you hear "Collapsed, More," and double-tap the screen. You hear: "Date." Double-tap the screen to select.

    • To access the additional options at the end of the Add new menu, swipe right until you hear "Collapsed, More," and double-tap the screen. To browse the options, swipe right, and double-tap the screen to select.

  8. You hear: "Question title." Double-tap the screen, and then use the on-screen keyboard to type the question. Swipe down-then-left to close the keyboard.

  9. If you selected the Choice question, add the first two options to the question. Swipe right until you hear "Edit box, Choice option text," and double-tap the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type the option text. Swipe down-then-left to close the keyboard. Repeat for the second option.

    To add additional options to the question, swipe right until you hear "Add option," double-tap the screen, and add an option text as instructed above.

  10. To customize the questions, you can do one or more of the following:

    • For the Choice question, to allow respondents to select multiple options, swipe right until you hear "Multiple answers, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

    • For the Text question, to allow respondents to enter multiple lines of text, swipe right until you hear "Long answer, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

    • To make answering a question mandatory, swipe right until you hear "Required, toggle button" and double-tap the screen.

  11. To add additional questions, swipe right until you hear "Add new," and double-tap the screen. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for each new question.

Preview a form

Before you share the form with the respondents, check the form in the preview. You can even complete the form yourself and make sure that everything works as it should.

  1. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version.

  2. In the form you want to check, swipe up-then-down, then swipe right until you hear "Preview," and double-tap the screen.

  3. Swipe right to navigate the fields in the form preview.

  4. To exit the preview, swipe up-then-down, then swipe left until you hear "Back, button," and double-tap the screen.

Share a form to get responses

Once your form is ready, share a link to the form with the respondents.

  1. Switch to the desktop version as instructed in Switch to the desktop version.

  2. In the form you want share to get responses, swipe up-then-down, then swipe right until you hear "Share," and double-tap the screen.

  3. You hear the current sharing permission option. To change the option, double-tap the screen. Swipe right or left until you hear the option you want, and double-tap the screen.

  4. Swipe right until you hear "Copy," and double-tap the screen. The link to the form is copied to the clipboard.

  5. Paste the link to, for example, a Microsoft Teams channel or an email message.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to apply a theme or add images to forms and quizzes in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to respond to form or quiz questions in Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to check and share your form or quiz results in Microsoft Forms

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Microsoft Forms

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Forms

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