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JAWS with Microsoft Teams Tip: Opening a File Using the Files Section of Microsoft Teams

Released: 3/11/2021

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JAWS for Windows with Microsoft Teams Tips.

Teams has a Files app which allows you to see any file you have access to within Teams.

• Press CTRL+6 to move focus to the Files app.

• JAWS will announce "Files List Grid" followed by the most recent file you have accessed.

• You will be placed in a list of recent files.

• You can use UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select a file.

• Use the APPLICATIONS KEY or SHIFT+F10 to open the context menu.

• Use DOWN ARROW key and select "Open in Desktop App" with ENTER.

• The file will be opened in the app specified by the file.

• Make any changes and use ALT+F4 to exit the file.

You can also view all files in Microsoft Teams or downloaded files.

• Press ALT+1 for Recent files.

• Press ALT+2 for all Teams files.

• Press ALT+3 for downloaded files.

Use CTRL+F6 after you have chosen recent, all or downloaded files to return to the list of files.


• If you accidently open the file in the Teams application you can press ALT+LEFT ARROW to exit the file.

• Some of these commands listed in this tip are JAWS specific, use INSERT+H for a list of JAWS commands.

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