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

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Use Microsoft Forms with your keyboard and a screen reader to respond to questions in a form or quiz. 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.

Notes: 

Respond to questions in a form or quiz

  1. Microsoft Forms forms and quizzes are shared with respondents in the form of a web link. To start responding, open the link in Microsoft Edge.

  2. Press the Tab key to navigate inside the form or quiz. For each question, you hear the number of the question and its title.

  3. Press the Tab key to move the focus to the body of the question. You hear the question type. For mandatory questions you also hear: "Required to answer."

  4. Depending on the question type, do one of the following:

    • For choice questions, use the Right and Left arrow keys to navigate to the button for the response you want, and press Spacebar to select it.

      If the question allows you to select multiple options, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab to browse the answer options, and press Spacebar to select the options you want.

    • For single and multi line text questions, type your answer in the text field.

    • For rating questions, press the Left or Right arrow key to choose the rating you want.

    • For date questions, enter the date you want in the MM/DD/YYYY format.

    • For ranking questions, with Narrator, use the Left or Right arrow key to browse the elements in the list.

      To move an element up in the ranking, press the Tab key until you hear "Move option up," and then press Enter once for each position you want to move the element by.

      To move an element down in the ranking, press the Tab key until you hear "Move option down," and then press Enter once for each position you want to move the element by.

    • For Likert scale questions, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab to browse the statements.

      For each statement, with Narrator, use the Right and Left arrow keys to navigate to the button for the response you want. With JAWS, use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate to the response you want, and press Enter to select.

    • For file upload questions, press Enter. The Windows Open dialog box opens. Navigate to the file you want to upload and press Enter.

    • For Net Promoter Score questions, with Narrator, use the Right and Left arrow keys to navigate to the value you want. With JAWS, use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate to the value you want, and press Enter to select.

  5. To move to the next question, press the Tab key until you hear the question. Respond to the question as instructed above.

  6. When you are ready to submit your responses, press the Tab key until you hear "Submit," and press Enter.

See also

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

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz 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 respond to questions in a form or quiz.

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.

Respond to questions in a form or quiz

  1. Microsoft Forms forms and quizzes are shared with respondents in the form of a web link. To start responding, open the link in Safari.

  2. Press Control+Option+Left and Right arrow key to navigate inside the form or quiz. For each question, you hear the number of the question and its title.

  3. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key to move the focus to the body of the question. You hear the question type. For mandatory questions you also hear: "Required to answer."

  4. Depending on the question type, do one of the following:

    • For choice type questions, browse the radio buttons for answer options with Control+Option+Left and Right arrow key, and choose the one you want with Spacebar.

      If the question allows you to select multiple options, browse the checkboxes for answer options with Control+Option+Left and Right arrow key, and choose any that you want with Spacebar.

    • For single line text and multi line text questions, type your answer in the text field.

    • For rating questions, press Control+Option+Shift+Down arrow key to interact with the rating slider, and the Left or Right arrow key to choose the rating you want.

    • For date questions, either enter the date you want in the format MM/DD/YYYY, or press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "Date picker," press Return, and choose the date you want inside the date picker with the arrow keys. Press Return to close the date picker and return to the question.

    • For ranking questions, press Control+Option+Shift+Down arrow key to move the focus inside the ranking list box. Browse the elements in the list box with Control+Option+Left and Right arrow keys. To move an element up in the ranking, press the Tab key once, then press Return once for each position you want to move the element by. To move an element down in the ranking, press the Tab key twice, then press the Return key once for each position you want to move the element by. Press Control+Option+Shift+Up arrow to move the focus out of the list box

    • For Likert scale questions, navigate inside the table with Control+Option+Left and Right arrow key. For each statement, navigate to the radio button for the response you want, and press Spacebar to select it.

    • For file upload questions, press Return. The macOS Open dialog opens. Navigate to the file you want to upload and press Return.

    • For Net Promoter Score questions, press the Left or Right arrow key until you hear the value you want.

  5. Press Control+Option+Right arrow key to move the focus to the next question and repeat steps 3 and 4.

  6. When you are ready to submit your responses, press Control+Option+Right arrow key until you hear "Submit," and press Return.

See also

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

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz 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 respond to questions in a form or quiz.

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.

Respond to questions in a form or quiz

  1. Microsoft Forms forms and quizzes are shared with respondents in the form of a web link. To start responding, open the link in Safari.

  2. Swipe left or right to navigate inside the form or quiz. For each question, you hear the number of the question and its title.

  3. Swipe right to move the focus to the body of the question. You hear the question type. For mandatory questions you also hear: "Required to answer."

  4. Depending on the question type, do one of the following:

    • For choice type questions, you hear each option, followed by "Radio button." Swipe left or right to browse the options and double-tap the screen to select the one you want.

      If the question allows you to select multiple options, you hear each option, followed by "Tickbox." Swipe left or right to browse the options and double-tap the screen to select the one you want.

    • For single line text and multi line text questions, enter your answer in the text field with the on screen keyboard.

    • For date questions, use the on screen keyboard to enter the date in the format MM/DD/YYYY, or swipe right and double-tap the screen to open the Date Picker. In the date picker, swipe right or down to find the date you want, and double-tap the screen to pick it.

    • For Likert scale questions, you hear each statement, followed by radio buttons for the answer options. Swipe left or right to find the answer you want, then double-tap the screen.

    • For file upload questions, swipe right until you hear "Upload a file," and double tap the screen. Swipe right until you hear the source where you want to upload a file from and double-tap the screen. Find the file you want to upload and double-tap the screen to select it.

    • For Net Promoter Score questions, swipe left or right until you hear the value you want, then double-tap the screen to select it.

  5. Swipe right to move to the next question, and repeat steps 3 and 4.

  6. When you are ready to submit your responses, swipe right until you hear "Submit," and double-tap the screen.

See also

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

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz 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 respond to questions in a form or quiz.

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 Android screen reader, TalkBack. To learn more about using TalkBack, go to Android accessibility.

Respond to questions in a form or quiz

  1. Microsoft Forms forms and quizzes are shared with respondents in the form of a web link. To start responding, open the link in Chrome.

  2. Swipe left or right to navigate inside the form or quiz. For each question, you hear the number of the question and its title.

  3. Swipe right to move the focus to the body of the question. You hear the question type. For mandatory questions you also hear: "Required to answer."

  4. Depending on the question type, do one of the following:

    • For choice type questions, you hear each option, followed by "Radio button." Swipe left or right to browse the options and double-tap the screen to select the one you want.

      If the question allows you to select multiple options, you hear each option, followed by "Tickbox." Swipe left or right to browse the options and double-tap the screen to select the one you want.

    • For single line text and multi line text questions, enter your answer in the text field with the on screen keyboard.

    • For date questions, use the on screen keyboard to enter the date in the format MM/DD/YYYY, or swipe right and double-tap the screen to open the Date Picker. In the date picker, swipe right or down to find the date you want, and double-tap the screen to pick it.

    • For ranking questions, swipe left or right to navigate between the items in the ranking list. To change the order of the items, double-tap the screen when you hear an item you want to move up or down, swipe right until you hear either "Move option up" or "Move option down," and double-tap the screen to move the item up or down by one space.

    • For Likert scale questions, you hear each statement, followed by radio buttons for the answer options. Swipe left or right to find the answer you want, then double-tap the screen.

    • For file upload questions, swipe right until you hear "Upload a file," and double tap the screen. Swipe right until you hear the source where you want to upload a file from and double-tap the screen. Find the file you want to upload and double-tap the screen to select it.

    • For Net Promoter Score questions, swipe left or right until you hear the value you want, then double-tap the screen to select it.

  5. Swipe right to move to the next question, and repeat steps 3 and 4.

  6. When you are ready to submit your responses, swipe right until you hear "Submit," and double-tap the screen.

See also

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

Use a screen reader to create a new quiz 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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