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

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Use Project for the web with your keyboard and screen reader to view and edit task details. We have tested it with Narrator, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques.

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 Microsoft 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.

View and edit task details

  1. On the Grid tab of your project, press the Tab key until you hear the task whose details you want to view, and press Alt+I to open the task details pane.

  2. To view and edit fields in the task details pane:

    • To assign the task to a user, press the Tab key until you hear "Add resource," press Enter, type a search term for the user you want to be added, and then press the Tab key to browse the search results. Press Enter to assign the task to the user.

    • To view or edit task notes, press the Tab key until you hear: "Notes." To add a note, type it in the Notes field.

    • To view task start or end dates, press the Tab key until you hear "Start" or "Finish," followed by the currently set start or end date. To edit the date, press Enter to open the date picker dialog, use the Left and Right arrow keys to select a new date, and press Enter to confirm the selection.

    • To view and edit the task duration, press the Tab key until you hear "Duration," and if necessary, type a new duration for the task in hours in the Duration field.

    • To view and edit the completed or remaining hours on a task, press the Tab key until you hear "Completed" or "Remaining," and if necessary, type a new value for the relevant field.

  3. To close the task details pane, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Close pane," and press Enter.

See also

Use a screen reader to create a new project in Project

Use a screen reader to review or edit an existing project in Project

Keyboard shortcuts for 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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