Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

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OneNote Logo with text, "OneNote"

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started with OneNote, go to Microsoft's OneNote training page. This page includes two videos.

OneNote: Screen Readers

OneNote is available for Windows Desktop, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows 10 app, and online. On the Microsoft website, simply select your device to find step-by-step directions on how to use OneNote with a screen reader. A list of keyboard shortcuts is available for each device.

OneNote: Recording and Notetaking

OneNote has the ability to record and to take notes while recording. Many students with visual impairments benefit from being able to record a classroom lecture while taking notes linked to a specific part of that recording. The video below demonstrates how to record, how to take notes, and how to access the information later.



Posted by S. JevnikarNov 19, 2018

In my experience OneNote is a mess with a screen reader! Text entered doesn't appear. Tables inserted aren't available to be filled in (they're invisible on the page to a screen reader). the keystrokes referenced allow for reading of content but not for inputting it. I am astounded that Microsoft says this awful software is accessible. And saddened that Perkins believes it.

Posted by Denise MilletteNov 26, 2018

I have had limited success with using OneNote with a screenreader. As a visually impaired TVI, I have needed to use it myself and to teach my students. I find the desktop app is a little easier than the online application. Attachments are nearly impossible as they are either unreadable, nonnavigable or you have to copy and paste into the content area and you end up losing all formatting.
I use the application to keep a notebook for each student for my own records and, although not perfect by any means, it has worked pretty well.